Challenge 18 – to make one mindful change to reduce your plastic usage this Christmas

Your challenge this week: to make one simple and thoughtful change this Christmas to reduce the amount of plastic your family uses. Before you are put off please let's begin by being reasonable and realistic here, there is no expectation for you to boycott all plastic. It's an impossible and unrealistic ask. Instead, learn a … Continue reading Challenge 18 – to make one mindful change to reduce your plastic usage this Christmas

Challenge 17 – to create and gift some homemade chocolate bark

Your challenge this week: what better way to show you care than with a gift of chocolate! This week, introduce your children to the joy that is making chocolate bark.  Melt it, drizzle it, decorate it with marshmallows and give it to friends in bags with bows. This challenge encourages the following values:Kindness, Gratitude, Generosity, Resourcefulness, Patience, … Continue reading Challenge 17 – to create and gift some homemade chocolate bark

Challenge 16 – to donate a food item, together with your child, to your local food bank.

Your challenge this week:  to choose one or two items at the supermarket to donate to the local food bank.  Talk to your children about food banks and discuss some of the issues surrounding food poverty.  Take them to the shops to buy a few items and donate them to a food bank. This challenge … Continue reading Challenge 16 – to donate a food item, together with your child, to your local food bank.

Mini kitchen table challenge – relive your childhood and inspire in your children a lifelong love of the humble conker

Picture the scene. The weekend arrives with exhausted gratitude and you awake to the morning light glowing around the edges of the curtains. Low on the horizon, the sun shines through the window and, upon stepping out from under the covers into the chilly bedroom air, peering eagerly through the window you see the morning … Continue reading Mini kitchen table challenge – relive your childhood and inspire in your children a lifelong love of the humble conker

Challenge 15 – to make a simple winter treat for your garden birds

Your challenge this week: to make a very simple birdfeeder using just pinecones, lard and birdseed, and then watch your garden birds go crazy for the extra food over the winter.  It's a child-friendly project which I know you, your children, and the birds will find hugely rewarding. This challenge encourages the following values: Kindness, Responsibility, … Continue reading Challenge 15 – to make a simple winter treat for your garden birds

Mini kitchen table challenge – Get creative with a butternut squash or a little pumpkin and some pens…

In addition to my regular(ish) fortnightly family challenges, I will now occasionally throw in some little Sunday afternoon crafty activities that you can do at your kitchen table.  My mad ideas don't always work but I'll share the ones that do from time to time, you never know when you'll need some wet afternoon activity inspiration... … Continue reading Mini kitchen table challenge – Get creative with a butternut squash or a little pumpkin and some pens…

Challenge 14 – to eat pancakes for breakfast this weekend

Your challenge this week: to eat pancakes for breakfast, to be as indulgent with your TOPPINGS as your TIME spent with your family around the table. This challenge encourages the following values: Kindness, Courage, Gratitude, Generosity, Resourcefulness, Patience. What you need to complete your challenge this week: At least 1 hour 100g of flour, 2 … Continue reading Challenge 14 – to eat pancakes for breakfast this weekend