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  • A-Z SCAVENGER HUNTS


    This is a great game for younger players. Provide each player with a list that has the letters of the alphabet written on it. Give children (or team if you have lots of children) a time limit to collect as many things starting with each consecutive letter as they can. For example: A = ant, B= bark, C= cone, D= dirt etc.

    This game can also be adapted to collect & clean up ‘toys’ at the end of the day or in the car on a long drive where children write down things they can see out of the window.

    The winner is the child (or team) who has collected or seen the most items.



  • BOARD GAME SWAP


    Introduce your kids to playing board games like snakes & ladders, chess or even monopoly. Swap games with family and friends to make sure there are a variety of games to play. Always read the game box or instructions to find the suitable age of players as some games contain small parts that can be dangerous for young children.



  • BUILD A CUBBY HOUSE


    Drape some blankets over four chairs to make an instant cubby house. Use cushions, mats and pillows to transform the inside into a magical space. Better yet, let the kids build it themselves!



  • CHALK DRAWING


    A very creative and interesting way to spend a few hours. Children can draw all kinds of imaginary things on the footpath with chalk and when they have finished just wash it off with a hose or a couple of buckets of water.



  • CLOTHES SWAP DAY


    Organise a clothes swap day. Work out a date with your friends and get them to bring along clothes that no longer fit or that are no longer needed. Spend an evening with your friends trying on clothes and swapping them around.

    Make sure that you have a room with a mirror that is the designated change room so everybody can try clothes on if they need to.
    A great evening and (hopefully) everyone goes home with something new for FREE.



  • COMMUNITY TOURIST


    Become a tourist in your own community or take a trip to nowhere in particular! Pack a backpack with snacks, water, sunscreen or a coat then head off on a public transport adventure.



  • CREATE A BUSY BOX


    Keep a ‘busy box’ in the house and fill it with household items that may be useful for creative craft projects. Cardboard tubes, pencils, pretty paper, jar lids, bottle tops, bread ties, interestingly shaped boxes, feathers, paper plates and cups, ribbon and pieces of material are all great bits and pieces to make things. When the kids get bored bring out the box and ask them to make something.



  • CREATE ONLINE GREETING CARDS


    Log on to the Internet to create online greeting cards for all occasions. Print them out or delete them when you have finished.



  • DRESS UP FASHION SHOW


    Most children love a game of dress ups and can spend hours creating new characters inside the house. Grab some spare clothes and accessories and spend some time with the kids creating new visitors to the lounge room.



  • GAMES IN THE BACKYARD


    Play games in the backyard. Outdoor games and activities like hula hooping, skipping rope and piggy in the middle are great for burning off extra energy in children and it is likely they will go to bed slightly earlier as well because they are so tired.



  • GET CRAFTY


    Keep the kids entertained with simple craft activities using items you already have around the house. Make play dough, sock puppets or paper plate masks.



  • HAVE A PICNIC AT HOME


    Turn an ordinary lunch into a picnic at home or in the backyard.



  • HEAD TO THE BEACH OR TO A LAKE


    Jump waves, build sandcastles or simply splash about in the water. Kids will love the fresh air, sunshine and being near water. Just make sure that you supervise them at all times.



  • JOIN A TOY LIBRARY


    Save money by joining a toy library and regularly borrowing toys. Toy libraries are an excellent alternative to buying toys and usually stock lots of educational toys, games and puzzles as well as outdoor equipment for a range of different age groups and stages of development.
    In most cases, an annual membership fee is payable and then it may cost a small amount of money to hire the toys.

    Contact the Ballarat Toy Library for more information.
    BALLARAT TOY LIBRARY 



  • LOCAL OP SHOPS


    Visit your local op shops. If you want to make your own fashion statement then regularly visiting the Op Shops around town is a great idea. You can even take your children and pick up a cheap present here and there while you shop – stock is regularly replaced and you can really find some fantastic pre-loved wardrobe pieces.

    The Ballarat Op Shop Guide.

    OP SHOP MAP 



  • LOCAL POOLS


    Make a splash at the pool. Have a dip at a local pool, no matter if it is summer or winter. Contact your local council for more information about aquatic centers and public pools in your area.

    LOCAL POOLS 



  • NEWSPAPER PEOPLE


    Find some old newspapers or advertising catalogues and cut out pictures of people, try to find images of a whole person who is standing up if possible. Now cut out a variety of clothes, hats, jewellery and other accessories from the colour catalogues and create your own fashion model scrap book. Glue the newspaper people to some paper and
    mix ‘n’ match their new wardrobe.



  • PAINTING WITH WATER


    Grab a brush or two, a bucket of water and head outside to the nearest fence to start creating a masterpiece. Children will love drawing with water and best of all it just dries up. No mess, No fuss and No dirty clothes.



  • PLAY CARD GAMES


    Check out the rules for games like Snap, Go Fish and Old Maid, find a deck of cards and the afternoon will be gone before you know it.



  • PLAYGROUNDS AND PARKLANDS


    Explore your local playgrounds and parklands. If your local playground is getting a bit boring, find a new place and enjoy exploring a new part of your town. Contact your local council  for more information on local outdoor spaces or ask your friends if they know of any other playgrounds they like to go to.

    PLAYGROUND INFO 



  • PLAYGROUPS


    Playgroups are a fantastic way to meet other parents and also provide your child with an opportunity to interact with other children. Contact your local council for more information about community playgroups in your area that you can join.

    PLAY GROUPS 



  • READ STORY BOOKS


    Instilling a love of reading in your children is fantastic so ask friends what they are reading to their children or head to the local library and check out their excellent range of books suitable for any age.

    BALLARAT LIBRARY 



  • READY TO USE COLOURING PAGES


    Download and print ‘ready to use’ colouring pages that will keep the kids busy creating works of art.



  • STORY TELLING SESSIONS


    Head to story telling sessions at your local library. Most libraries run FREE story sessions for small children. Enquire at your local library for more information.

    LOCAL LIBRARY 



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