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Chill factor
Chill factor
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Hello, wonderful parents,

The winter holidays have fallen like a damp log in a hot fire. Heavily and suddenly, leaving some sparks flying about the room. Some of us will be relying more on fire since load shedding isn’t the cosiest of winter experiences. Let’s hope Parent24 can help the next few weeks memorable and fun for you and your kids.

If you’re really lucky, you’ve managed to take a mid-year break with your family and you’re going on holiday. The roads are bound to be packed, so do make sure you stay safe and take some fun activities for the trip. Send us your pictures so that we can be extra jealous!

We won’t actually be that jealous. As parents, we know what kind of creativity is borne out of necessity (and some old clothes, three sticks and a reel of wire).  You could take the break to recycle or upcycle some old toys or household items and add life to the home again.

Board games, jigsaws, colouring-in posters, baking, cooking, and painting – these are things with which everyone can join in.

Did you know, three weeks is long enough to learn an entirely new skill? Your children could be knitting in French by the time school starts again. Well, there are other, more practical, strings to one’s bow to have, but you can decide what’s best.

On-screen activities aren’t always bad, there are lots of apps with plenty of fun, educational value to make sure that your child’s brain doesn’t atrophy completely in the cold chill of winter.

I even managed to sneak a week’s break off this holiday, so I’ll be trying out some boredom busters and creative clusters myself!

Have a great time!

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