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Getting Creative with Precious Family Time

If you are anything like me at the moment, you’re looking for things to do around the house that are productive in your downtime. One of the challenges that I have faced with my own children has been how to get them off their devices and manage the amount of screen time they have access to, beyond their learning needs.

Based on the noticeable increase in the amount of people walking their dogs, riding their bikes and pushing prams around my neighbourhood, it’s obvious there are many other families trying to occupy their time in healthy and constructive ways too. After thrashing the poor old trampoline, camping in the backyard, playing under the sprinkler and building ‘forts’ both inside and outside the house; my wife and I were quickly running out of ideas to occupy our six and four year old. There really is only so much imaginary play that we were capable of!

Then we turned our attention to art and craft. We made masks, clay sculptures, painted portraits and indeed most of our outdoor table in all sorts of weird and wonderful colours. It was around this time that my oldest daughter decided she wanted to get the sewing machine out and make scrunchies to give to her friends when she returns to school.

So off to Spotlight we went and bought a range of different patterns that took her fancy. We had everything from unicorns to mermaid scales. After a quick online tutorial, we were underway. One turned into a lot very quickly! We soon realised that we had made more scrunchies than the number of kids in Lily’s class.

So, what to do with them?

We packaged them up and whilst on our own walks around the neighbourhood, started leaving them in her friend’s letterboxes. This led to return messages and various ‘creations’ from her friends. Needless to say, she was thrilled to have some physical connection again to her friends whilst still practicing appropriate social distancing. Staying connected to friends and family is obviously very important during times like these, even if it going ‘old school’ and doing a letterbox drop.

If you find yourself running out of ideas to occupy the kids or simply want to let someone know that you are thinking of them, I recommend giving this a go.

Take care.

Dave Sullivan
Head of Year 7