So it's summer holidays and you want to get the kids out into the great outdoors. What does your family do to get kids up and moving? Do you have games or activities to encourage active, physical play in your home? Now it's school holidays here are some tips to get those kids away from the computer screen and up and about, not only great as a family but also great for fitness ...
Play traditional playground games
Think of the games you played yourself as a kid and play them with your children. Chances are, they'll love them too! Even the youngest can enjoy the traditional games such as 'What's the time Mr Wolf'.
One of the most active of playground games must be jump rope. Who played jump rope when they were at school? Even perhaps introduce double jump rope. What a great way to keep fit plus of course great to help with coordination skills!
How about putting on some favourite tunes and dancing and singing along. Even better if you have a karaoke machine! Or if on the North Shore or Hibiscus Coast and equally as good why not enjoy great trampolining with North Shore Trampoline or cheerleading with All Stars Chearleaders
Kids love balloons at all ages. Blow up a few (make sure any breakable items are out of harms way) and enjoy chasing, bouncing, swatting and just having fun! Perhaps have a competition to see who can keep their balloon in the air the longest!
Indoor gym or Obstacle Course
Why not set up an indoor gym or obstacle course. Chairs, some rope and an array of household items can be used and you can set out a course for them to follow, perhaps with clues or items they need to collect on their way round. Perhaps time them as a competition.
Back Garden Exercises
Again you can work on the theme of a gym or obstacle course set up just as you can indoors or play ball games, have races, or play games such as tug o war or tag.
Heading out into Nature
Head out into the garden or go for a walk and try to identify the different things around you or give the kids clues to find certain things. Ask them "What could be living under this rock?" to discover insects and worms. Set challenges even quite simple like who can find the first insect or flower and they will be off! If the kids are keen on a great outdoor holiday programme and around Auckland's North Shore you really must check out Conscious Kids activities.
Make a Kite
Sticks, glue, crepe paper, a piece of fabric, string and little more is needed. You can have fun making the kite and then get out into the great outdoors and see how well you can fly it! Memories of Mary Poppins!
And remember, if you want to find great holiday things to do and holiday programmes remember to check out our site at Linku2 School Holidays!
So on that note I'll bid you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy your holidays, relax, spend time with families and if you are heading away have safe travels! We are taking a short break and will be back refreshed and full of great articles and ideas from Monday 9 January xxx
As scary as it may be, parents need to talk to their kids about people who might want to hurt them. The best way to protect your children is to get them involved in their own protection:
Parents need to be aware of possible predators. Typical signs are: someone who seems too good to be true, who offers extensive help to your family, who knows too much about your kids or kids in general, especially if they don't have children of their own. You should know all adults who you allow to have contact with your child.
Talk to your kids about pedophiles as soon as they can understand what you mean. As early as 3-5 years old, when kids begin to interact with the world, they're subject to being victims.
Tell your child you love them no matter what. Remind them that they can tell you anything and you will still love them with all your heart.
Don't be afraid that you're scaring your kids, but don't ask them to deal with adult issues either. Speak to them in age-appropriate language and give them instructions about what to do. They will feel empowered by knowing how to protect themselves. Be careful sharing your own experiences if you were a victim of sexual molestation, for example. Providing too many details and rehashing the tragedy can create a sexually charged environment and be harmful for your children in the long run.
Kids need to know that they have the right to say no, yell, or ask for help. It may contradict what they know about respecting adults, but if they feel threatened, they have permission to make a scene, or to run away to a public place. And they need to know they won't get into trouble if they were wrong. Let them know that no one has the right to hurt them. Teach your child to call you if a stranger arrives when there are no other adults around.
Make sure your kids know what is acceptable behaviour, and what is out-of-bounds. Make sure they understand that there are private areas of their bodies that no one else should touch.
Rehearse your child's response to danger. If he/she doesn't practice it, your child won't really know what to do. Telling your child to yell for help isn't enough. In the face of danger, a child could forget, so rehearse, role-play, and practice what your child should do.
Remind your children that predators don't necessarily look scary or strange. A dangerous person could look like the person next door, or even be someone they know.
Of course some people enjoy just chilling out all summer holidays with the kids whilst others get that whimsical desire to get up and do something different!
If that is you then you might want to consider using your downtime with the kids and redecorating their room for a new year with a new theme but what are you going to do? Here are a few ideas you could consider for a different theme away from the age old zoo, jungle or princess themes ...
Carnival - Old carnival prints and faded primaries can make a fun and exotic theme. Otherwise go for the bold, bright and beautiful particularly good if the room is a little dark.
African Safari - Desert tones combined with animal prints are chic at any age. Whilst you may not be able to create a mural yourself have a look around as there are some great wallpapers available.
Geography - Create a mural with a wall map and decorate with deep, earthy colors. Or choose a city and incorporate the highlights of that area. If you or your family travel a lot this is a good way to help your child know where you are and be part of the distance between you.
Coastal - Shells, soft ocean colors and nautical prints are popular choices particuarly of course if you live by the sea. On your summer jaunts pick up shells, rocks and make sand art with the kids to incorporate in the room.
Kiwi - Fill the room with buzzy bees, pavlovas, kiwis and all sorts of fantastic New Zealand memorabilia and of course not forgetting the All Blacks. This would be a room to make any kid proud.
Garden - Think English or French country style and incorporate soft florals, or hang a porch swing or hammock indoors for the ultimate relaxation spot. This is lovely if you are in a setting where you are able to incorporate and bring the outdoors in.
Sports - Instead of doing the basic theme, search online for inexpensive sports memorabilia to create a more upscale atmosphere. Scoreboards, posters and sporting equipment can add to the atmosphere. This is particularly good if your child is passionate about a particular sport.
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