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.
- 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.
- Return to the beach and watch the waves or fly a kite. Who doesn’t love a picnic in the car…
- 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).
- 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