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In what seems like a flash, kids are heading to the first half term of the school year, and it’s always the most welcome one after all that energy spent settling into a new class. But as temperatures are dropping and nights drawing in it can be the hardest to manage and tempting to rely on the telly for entertainment.

Resist - and check out five ways to max the benefits, and promote their health and wellbeing for the countdown to Christmas when they get back into class.

  1. Go collect leaves and splash in puddles. There are glorious autumn walks to be had and fun to be made at this time of year. Hot chocolate on return please.
  2. Return to the beach and watch the waves or fly a kite. Who doesn’t love a picnic in the car…
  3. Carve pumpkins and make healthy Halloween treats (how about spider pizzas using peppers, olives or salami for the body toppings; ghostly cookies iced in white, or zombie finger hot dogs with a bit of blood red ketchup for a topping)in preparation for some trick or treating (and watch your favourite Halloween movie after).
  4. Enjoy a family swim or game of badminton, introduce your kids to golf, or take a bike ride. Even better make it a weekly family event through the winter. Check out what’s on offer near you

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