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Welcome To September

September 1, 2020 in Community, News, What's on in Clyde

WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER!

For many people, 2020 has been like no other in recent memory. Public health restrictions caused by COVID-19 have led to us all having to stay at home again whilst we wait patiently for the number of infections to decrease.

However, despite the current restrictions, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the home. In fact, seeking out fun activities may be even more important now. Doing something you enjoy can be a great distraction and help you deal with life’s challenges, whilst staying active and healthy.

This month we have put together a great list of activities for the whole family to enjoy at home with your nearest and dearest.
We love seeing photos of your activities as well, so please share with us so we can repost on Instagram and Facebook.
We hope you enjoy!

ACTIVITIES FOR THE BIG KIDS

PLAY VIRTUAL BINGO

Put together some friends and family and start a virtual bingo tournament every week which you can play via Zoom, Google Meet, Slack or any other online / video technology.

You can use a website like My Free Bingo Cards to play a traditional game with a virtual caller, or you can play a custom Bingo game that revolves around a movie or TV show that your group plans to watch.

Don’t forget to make small fun prizes, like an IOU for a coffee or meal or a gift card for takeout or shopping.

Go to https://myfreebingocards.com/virtual-bingo.

 

LOOK INTO YOUR ANCESTRY

Now is the perfect time to start your family history journey by having a dig around on ancestory.com.au.

Their records include everything from censuses, wills, birth records and even records of people’s jobs. You just enter your family’s names and dates of birth, or as much as you can, and once you start adding them, you’ll get hints for other records and people, that help show you where to look next and lead you to even more discoveries.

Who knows, you might even be related to the royal family without realising it!

 

MAKE YOUR OWN BATH BOMBS

Though we probably all don’t do it nearly often enough, one of the loveliest ways to decompress after a long week (or sometimes a long day)- especially when home schooling, is to light some candles and hop into a nice warm bath.

To make the experience even more special, you can toss one of these amazing DIY bath bombs into the water. The fizzy bubbles, essentials oils, and beneficial minerals are a treat for the senses.

They are really easy to make too, and you can experiment with different scents and essential oils to suit your taste.

For the full recipe and instructions on how to create your own bath bombs go to: https://inspiredbycharm.com/diy-bath-bombs/

 

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

HOPSCOTCH WITH A TWIST

We all love hopscotch, and this can absolutely be done at home in your driveway, but now that we’re social distancing due to the global pandemic, hopscotch paths can also be a fun way to “connect” (from afar) with your neighbours and build community spirit.
However, the team at JRIMagination have added a bit of a twist to normal hopscotch, by adding different activities to the boxes to make it a little more fun.

You can ask the children to pick actions and motions for the game, theme activities to support lessons, or concepts you are working on with them such as a math challenge to add to the game. You really can add anything you like such as picking up sticks, spinning, whistling, twirling and so on as they work their way through the course.

For further inspiration go to: http://www.jrimagination.com/blog/2012/7/28/creativity-soars-but-sometimes-it-hops.html.

 

MAKE YOUR OWN DOLLHOUSE OUT OF SHOE BOXES

Kids just love making things and now they can learn how to make a doll house using shoe boxes, or any other box like a gift box, produce box, etc.

This divine dollhouse is so easy to make and Simple Kids Crafts will show you how by watching the YouTube video.

You can then spend hours decorating them using paper to cover the walls and floors, paint, glitter and you can furnish the houses with clippings of furniture, windows, lighting etc. from magazines.

To view the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh7YXh2ZuCU

 

HOST YOUR OWN FAMILY SPELLING BEE

Let’s be honest, with all the technology at our disposal these days and autocorrections, our spelling can sometimes get a little bit lazy.

Hosting your own spelling be at home is a great way for the kids to learn and the parents to sharpen up their spelling skills.

You can either do this in teams or individually. The team at ‘Spelling Words Well’ have a great range of resources for each grade and level to easily download.

Go to: https://www.spelling-words-well.com/spelling-bee-game.html.

 

STAY AT HOME SCAVENGER HUNT

One of the great things about scavenger hunts is that they can be done inside or out of the home and kids just love them.

They are also easy, inexpensive, and can often be done using things you already have at home. Plus, the weather doesn’t matter at all, since you can choose a hunt that’s geared specifically to be inside or out and scavenger hunts can also add an always-welcome educational element to kids’ playtime, usually (and this is the best part) without kids even realising it.

Though these treasure hunts can feel like a throw-back activity, the scavenger hunt ideas we’ve found are anything but old-fashioned.

Whether you’re looking for an interactive way to instil a love for reading, add even more fun to a football game in the backyard, explore nature or find a few ways to increase kids’ sensory experiences, the team at Good Housekeeping have you covered.

Visit the website to view a list of ten different types of scavenger hunts to get the creativity flowing

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g32050844/scavenger-hunt-ideas-for-kids/.

The Eliston community would love to see some of the drawings too, so don’t forget to post and tag us via: @elistonclyde.
We hope that these activities help you and the whole family have an enjoyable month!

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