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Published September 18th 2016
Switch Off and Have Some Quality Family Fun
Make time to switch off the devices and spend some quality time together. Create some real nostalgic family memories with some of these at home or away and be sure to keep your costs down.
Board Games – dig your old ones out, buy them new or visit the op shops for some fun family board games that are ideal for holidays, sick time or wet days inside. My favourites are Monopoly and Scrabble – they can be useful tools to start learning about financial investment and spelling. What were yours?
Marbles – ask an oldie how they used to play and watch their eyes shine as they explain in detail. Marbles are readily available through the cheap shops and can give hours of fun together or individually.
Board Games - courtesy of the net
Dress Ups – unearth some clothes you haven't worn in ages or visit an op shop for some more exotic items – wash thoroughly and then work together with the kids to bring them to life with fitting adjustments, some fun buttons, pretty lace or creative additions from scrapes.
Knuckles (aka Jacks) - where you toss five up and use whatever falls on the back of your hand to pick up the rest. YouTube explains it well.
Ball Games - courtesy of Clipart
Elastics – One jumps in and out of a very long joined piece of elastic – keeps you all fit and you can sing along with it too. Or substitute a skipping rope if you like or YouTube it.
Bubbles – come on we all love blowing them and you can replace the formula yourself – in the garden, at the park and great for weddings
Crafts – painting, sewing, creating your own cards, a scrap-book, embroidery or lacing . No oldies to ask? YouTube knows everything.
Baking – make a time just with the kids when you are not preparing to entertain and whip up a storm. Ask them what they want to make. It could be cup cakes, rocky road slice or any special treat that you can all enjoy during the holiday period.
Gardening – designate a special patch just for the kids where they can plant whatever they like such as a vegetable, flowers or something simpler like a jar in the kitchen where they can grow sprouts and watch them shoot.
Ball Games – from kicking to throwing to bouncing against a brick wall – pets really love to get involved with this one too.
Weekend Notes - be sure to check for your local current activities?