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Local people bringing local knowledge to the NDIS

Locally based Intereach staff are set to become the local faces of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which starts across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas of NSW this week.

The NDIS will work to support people with disability to participate in and contribute to social and economic life, as well as provide certainty that people with disability will receive the care and support they need over their lifetime. The NDIS provides a number of ways to assist people with disability to exercise choice, pursue their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports. One of the ways this is done is through Local Area Coordination (LAC).

Intereach is delivering the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far West area on behalf of NDIS Partner Social Futures.

Intereach NDIS Local Area Coordinators will work alongside local people with disability by using their local knowledge to help people with disability advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services they need to live a good life.

A team will work across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western area from offices in Albury, Buronga, Corowa, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley, Griffith and Wagga Wagga.

Intereach LAC staff will be available via appointment in community based locations.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS in NSW, people in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas will transition according to an agreed phasing plan. More information can be found at: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/murrumbidgee/ or http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/far-west/

For more information about the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western NSW area

Email: LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au ,  or

Telephone: 1800 522 679

Information about the NDIS including eligibility and access requirements can be found on the national NDIS website

www.ndis.gov.au or by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

 

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Local people bringing local knowledge to the NDIS

Locally based Intereach staff are set to become the local faces of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which starts across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas of NSW this week.

The NDIS will work to support people with disability to participate in and contribute to social and economic life, as well as provide certainty that people with disability will receive the care and support they need over their lifetime. The NDIS provides a number of ways to assist people with disability to exercise choice, pursue their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports. One of the ways this is done is through Local Area Coordination (LAC).

Intereach is delivering the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far West area on behalf of NDIS Partner Social Futures.

Intereach NDIS Local Area Coordinators will work alongside local people with disability by using their local knowledge to help people with disability advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services they need to live a good life.

A team will work across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western area from offices in Albury, Buronga, Corowa, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley, Griffith and Wagga Wagga.

Intereach LAC staff will be available via appointment in community based locations.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS in NSW, people in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas will transition according to an agreed phasing plan. More information can be found at: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/murrumbidgee/ or http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/far-west/

For more information about the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western NSW area

Email: LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au ,  or

Telephone: 1800 522 679

Information about the NDIS including eligibility and access requirements can be found on the national NDIS website

www.ndis.gov.au or by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

 

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OOSH Summer Holiday Program

The summer school holidays are just around the corner, so do you have your vacation child care sorted? Let OOSH help!
With fun activities ranging from dancing to swimming, craft and excursions, Intereach Deniliquin Out Of School Hours Vacation Care has loads of fun activities to keep your primary aged children busy these school holidays.
For more information Phone: 03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478

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OOSH Summer Holiday Program

The summer school holidays are just around the corner, so do you have your vacation child care sorted? Let OOSH help!
With fun activities ranging from dancing to swimming, craft and excursions, Intereach Deniliquin Out Of School Hours Vacation Care has loads of fun activities to keep your primary aged children busy these school holidays.
For more information Phone: 03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478

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What are Intereach NDIS Community Information sessions and workshops?

One of the ways you can learn more about the NDIS is by attending one of our Community Information sessions or workshops. These sessions cater for everyone, from those just learning about the NDIS to people who already have a plan in place.  We hold a variety of these sessions across our footprint every month. So what sessions do we offer and how can they help you?

Mobile Information Van (iVan) Visits:

Our NDIS Intereach Information Van, also known as iVan, is regularly out and about in our local communities. The iVans is regularly parked in towns for a few hours at a time and manned with friendly staff who are available to answer any of your questions about the NDIS, such as what support is available and how to access the scheme. If you would like to request that the iVan comes along to your town, place of business or local event please contact our friendly Community Engagement staff by calling 1300 488 226 or emailing lac@intereach.com.au for further details.

Community Information sessions:

These sessions are particularly useful for people who haven’t attended an information session before or could do with a refresher. They are designed as general information sessions about the NDIS, to help people with disability, their families and carers get ready for the NDIS.

Drop in session:

These sessions are aimed at participants who need assistance from a Local Area Coordinator to better understand their NDIS plan, along with other government agency supports. No appointment is necessary, just pop in for an informal chat.

 

Workshops
Implementation workshop:

These workshops are designed to assist participants who have already had a planning meeting to increase your understanding and confidence when implementing your NDIS plan. These workshops cover topics such as understanding your NDIS Plan, understanding NDIS budgets/Self-Management, what are Service Agreements and knowing where to find resources and supports.

Scheduled review workshop:

These workshops are aimed for current NDIS participants to learn more and prepare for the scheduled plan review process. This workshop looks at how you are progressing towards your personal goals, exploring new goals and identifying changes in your life.

A great way to keep up-to-date with our movements is by following our Facebook page

 

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NDIS News

What are Intereach NDIS Community Information sessions and workshops?

One of the ways you can learn more about the NDIS is by attending one of our Community Information sessions or workshops. These sessions cater for everyone, from those just learning about the NDIS to people who already have a plan in place.  We hold a variety of these sessions across our footprint every month. So what sessions do we offer and how can they help you?

Mobile Information Van (iVan) Visits:

Our NDIS Intereach Information Van, also known as iVan, is regularly out and about in our local communities. The iVans is regularly parked in towns for a few hours at a time and manned with friendly staff who are available to answer any of your questions about the NDIS, such as what support is available and how to access the scheme. If you would like to request that the iVan comes along to your town, place of business or local event please contact our friendly Community Engagement staff by calling 1300 488 226 or emailing lac@intereach.com.au for further details.

Community Information sessions:

These sessions are particularly useful for people who haven’t attended an information session before or could do with a refresher. They are designed as general information sessions about the NDIS, to help people with disability, their families and carers get ready for the NDIS.

Drop in session:

These sessions are aimed at participants who need assistance from a Local Area Coordinator to better understand their NDIS plan, along with other government agency supports. No appointment is necessary, just pop in for an informal chat.

 

Workshops
Implementation workshop:

These workshops are designed to assist participants who have already had a planning meeting to increase your understanding and confidence when implementing your NDIS plan. These workshops cover topics such as understanding your NDIS Plan, understanding NDIS budgets/Self-Management, what are Service Agreements and knowing where to find resources and supports.

Scheduled review workshop:

These workshops are aimed for current NDIS participants to learn more and prepare for the scheduled plan review process. This workshop looks at how you are progressing towards your personal goals, exploring new goals and identifying changes in your life.

A great way to keep up-to-date with our movements is by following our Facebook page

 

Do you want to keep up with news and events as we implement NDIS LAC and ECEI across Loddon, Goulburn, Mallee and Murrumbidgee?

Subscribe to LAC E-News

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Bendigo FIDA Football Try Outs

Are you aged over 14 years? Do you live with disability, or attend a Kaliana or SDS School? Want to play Australian Rules Football? Join us and try FIDA footy!

We will be fielding a Bendigo FIDA footy team for the 2018 season.

So, if you would love to play footy, come along and have a go!

Learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun. Both male and female players are welcome.

Accessible parking and change facilities available

Interested in playing FIDA Footy?

When: Wednesday 7 and 14 March
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: Weeroona Oval, 347 Napier St, Bendigo, 3550
Bring: Runners or football boots and a drink bottle

Cost: FREE

For more information contactDaniel on Ph: 0409 327 449 or email intereach@intereach.com.au

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Bendigo FIDA Football Try Outs

Are you aged over 14 years? Do you live with disability, or attend a Kaliana or SDS School? Want to play Australian Rules Football? Join us and try FIDA footy!

We will be fielding a Bendigo FIDA footy team for the 2018 season.

So, if you would love to play footy, come along and have a go!

Learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun. Both male and female players are welcome.

Accessible parking and change facilities available

Interested in playing FIDA Footy?

When: Wednesday 7 and 14 March
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: Weeroona Oval, 347 Napier St, Bendigo, 3550
Bring: Runners or football boots and a drink bottle

Cost: FREE

For more information contactDaniel on Ph: 0409 327 449 or email intereach@intereach.com.au

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Intereach announced as an NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Provider in Murrumbidgee

Intereach is delighted to have been announced as the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Murrumbidgee area.

As a NDIS partner, Intereach will deliver ECEI in the Local Government areas of Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Bland, Carrathool, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay, Leeton. Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga and Wentworth.

Intereach already provides NDIS and ECEI services in the Loddon area of Victoria. Intereach also delivers the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee area on behalf of NDIS partner Social Futures.

The ECEI approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. ECEI works with families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “At Intereach we have significant experience in Early Childhood Early Intervention and are excited for the opportunity to draw upon this expertise to support local families. Evidence shows that timely support for a child with developmental delay before the age of six can significantly change that child’s developmental trajectory and overall quality of life. ECEI will allow us to work with families to understand their child’s support needs and provide the information they need to make informed choices about supports and services.”

Planning for the establishment of the ECEI program in Murrumbidgee is now underway.

Want to know more about ECEI?

Read the full announcement from the NDIS here

Further information on the Early Childhood Early Intervention program can be found on the ECEI page of the NDIS website

To see who all of the ECEI providers are in NSW (by Local Government Area) click here

Contact the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110 or visit the NDIS Website.

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Intereach announced as an NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Provider in Murrumbidgee

Intereach is delighted to have been announced as the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Murrumbidgee area.

As a NDIS partner, Intereach will deliver ECEI in the Local Government areas of Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Bland, Carrathool, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay, Leeton. Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga and Wentworth.

Intereach already provides NDIS and ECEI services in the Loddon area of Victoria. Intereach also delivers the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee area on behalf of NDIS partner Social Futures.

The ECEI approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. ECEI works with families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “At Intereach we have significant experience in Early Childhood Early Intervention and are excited for the opportunity to draw upon this expertise to support local families. Evidence shows that timely support for a child with developmental delay before the age of six can significantly change that child’s developmental trajectory and overall quality of life. ECEI will allow us to work with families to understand their child’s support needs and provide the information they need to make informed choices about supports and services.”

Planning for the establishment of the ECEI program in Murrumbidgee is now underway.

Want to know more about ECEI?

Read the full announcement from the NDIS here

Further information on the Early Childhood Early Intervention program can be found on the ECEI page of the NDIS website

To see who all of the ECEI providers are in NSW (by Local Government Area) click here

Contact the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110 or visit the NDIS Website.

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Our new Links to Community

We’re thrilled this week to be introducing our Community Links program to our communities.

Intereach Community Links enhances the high quality service already being offered by our staff in linking local people to a range of services and supports available in their community.
Community Links was developed by Intereach staff and is built on the platform of a ‘no wrong door policy’ – essentially, everyone is welcome into any one of our 16 offices across southern NSW and Northern Victoria and our ‘Linkers’ will be there to help them “get the support they need, when they need it”.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said it’s an exciting time for the organisation which will this week start a recruitment campaign for Community Links staff in Griffith, Wagga, Bendigo, Kyneton, Mildura, Maryborough and Shepparton.
“Community Links is an extension of the good work our staff are already doing and builds on the Community Hubs model which is offered from our Deniliquin headquarters and some of our other smaller southern New South Wales offices,” Ms Fox said.

“We’re rolling out Community Links across our entire footprint. People can walk into any one of our offices off the street and feel confident they’ll be linked to the local services or community group they need.

“Community Links is designed to strengthen our foundation and reputation as a community leader in rural and regional areas. We’re committed to developing community infrastructure and supporting rural and regional communities, and Community Links is another exciting chapter in our organisation’s success story.”

So how will it work? The Community Links team will be made up of ‘Community Linkers’. In many cases, Community Linkers will be the first point of contact for people accessing our services for the first time.
There’ll be a Linker based at every office, allowing every Intereach office to now be open to the community from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.
Our Community Linkers will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to link people to where they need to go – whether it be internally to one of our programs, or externally to a mainstream support or community connection; they’ll be working towards greater accessibility and inclusion for all people and capturing information to help identify service gaps in our local communities.

Ms Fox said once recruitment has been completed Community Links will be officially launched.
“We’re sourcing Community Linkers both internally and externally. We’re looking for highly motivated, positive and personable people to become part of our Community Links team; they’ll in many ways be the ‘face of Intereach’, responsible for working with individuals, service providers and community groups to provide a locally based, single point of access to information, resources and services that are accessible to all members of the community.”

For more information on the Community Linker role, visit www.intereach.com.au or contact Senior Manager Community Engagement and Capacity Development Erin Smith on 1300 488 226

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Our new Links to Community

We’re thrilled this week to be introducing our Community Links program to our communities.

Intereach Community Links enhances the high quality service already being offered by our staff in linking local people to a range of services and supports available in their community.
Community Links was developed by Intereach staff and is built on the platform of a ‘no wrong door policy’ – essentially, everyone is welcome into any one of our 16 offices across southern NSW and Northern Victoria and our ‘Linkers’ will be there to help them “get the support they need, when they need it”.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said it’s an exciting time for the organisation which will this week start a recruitment campaign for Community Links staff in Griffith, Wagga, Bendigo, Kyneton, Mildura, Maryborough and Shepparton.
“Community Links is an extension of the good work our staff are already doing and builds on the Community Hubs model which is offered from our Deniliquin headquarters and some of our other smaller southern New South Wales offices,” Ms Fox said.

“We’re rolling out Community Links across our entire footprint. People can walk into any one of our offices off the street and feel confident they’ll be linked to the local services or community group they need.

“Community Links is designed to strengthen our foundation and reputation as a community leader in rural and regional areas. We’re committed to developing community infrastructure and supporting rural and regional communities, and Community Links is another exciting chapter in our organisation’s success story.”

So how will it work? The Community Links team will be made up of ‘Community Linkers’. In many cases, Community Linkers will be the first point of contact for people accessing our services for the first time.
There’ll be a Linker based at every office, allowing every Intereach office to now be open to the community from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.
Our Community Linkers will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to link people to where they need to go – whether it be internally to one of our programs, or externally to a mainstream support or community connection; they’ll be working towards greater accessibility and inclusion for all people and capturing information to help identify service gaps in our local communities.

Ms Fox said once recruitment has been completed Community Links will be officially launched.
“We’re sourcing Community Linkers both internally and externally. We’re looking for highly motivated, positive and personable people to become part of our Community Links team; they’ll in many ways be the ‘face of Intereach’, responsible for working with individuals, service providers and community groups to provide a locally based, single point of access to information, resources and services that are accessible to all members of the community.”

For more information on the Community Linker role, visit www.intereach.com.au or contact Senior Manager Community Engagement and Capacity Development Erin Smith on 1300 488 226

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Vacation Care July 2018

Want to learn karate, do gymnastics or go on fun excursions? The Intereach Deniliquin OOSH Vacation Care July 2018 school holiday program has just been released and bookings are now open.

We have a great range of fun activities and diverse experiences lined up, we’ll see you there!

Download the program below.

Need help booking in?

  • Read the Fact Sheets, and log in via the front page of the website (Just scroll down to bottom) or
  • Download the app
  • Phone us: 03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478

Need to contact us?

  • Email: oosh@intereach.com.au
  • Phone:  03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478
  • Drop into: Intereach Family Centre, 366 Trickett Street, Deniliquin 2710 (during OOSH hours), or the Intereach Neighbourhood Centre (on the corner of Trickett and Napier Streets)
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Intereach Vacation Care July 2018 program

Vacation Care July 2018

Want to learn karate, do gymnastics or go on fun excursions? The Intereach Deniliquin OOSH Vacation Care July 2018 school holiday program has just been released and bookings are now open.

We have a great range of fun activities and diverse experiences lined up, we’ll see you there!

Download the program below.

Need help booking in?

  • Read the Fact Sheets, and log in via the front page of the website (Just scroll down to bottom) or
  • Download the app
  • Phone us: 03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478

Need to contact us?

  • Email: oosh@intereach.com.au
  • Phone:  03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478
  • Drop into: Intereach Family Centre, 366 Trickett Street, Deniliquin 2710 (during OOSH hours), or the Intereach Neighbourhood Centre (on the corner of Trickett and Napier Streets)
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FREE all abilities drama classes in Albury

Local people have been invited to register for FREE drama classes in Albury.

The weekly classes, a partnership between Intereach Ability Links and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, are suitable for people of all levels of experience and ability.

Participants will learn characterisation, improvisation, mime, vocal techniques, movement and physical theatre.

The classes are accessible and inclusive and participants from all backgrounds are welcome. However, all participants must be aged over 16 years.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “What a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and have some fun! Drama is not only a fabulous way to express yourself, it also supports a variety of other every day skills like communication, creativity, focus, fitness, emotional release, social skills, confidence and team work. No experience is necessary, just a sense of adventure!”
Bookings are essential and places are limited. Classes will commence on Tuesday 17 April.

 

Class details

 

WHEN: Tuesdays from April 17
TIME: 11.00am – 12.30pm
WHERE: Flying Fruit Fly Circus, 605 Hovell St, South Albury, NSW, 2640

To find out more, or to make your booking, contact Jarrod at Intereach Ability Links on 02 6051 7856.

 

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School Holiday Activities

Wondering what activities are available to keep the kids occupied these school holidays?

Corowa

Christmas is coming early at Intereach Corowa Community Hub! Children aged 5-12 can join us these school holidays for some fun Christmas craft activities!

Bookings are essential. For more info, or to book your child’s place, please contact Amber at Intereach Corowa Community Hub on Ph: 02 6044 2800

Make Christmas cards

DATE: Wednesday 10 October
TIME: 2pm – 3.30pm
WHERE: Intereach Corowa Community Hub, 111 Sanger St, Corowa, NSW, 2646

Make a candy Christmas tree

DATE: Thursday 11 October
TIME: 2pm – 3.30pm
WHERE: Intereach Corowa Community Hub, 111 Sanger St, Corowa, NSW, 2646

 

Griffith

Looking for something to do these school holidays? Join Intereach for fun FREE activities for young people of all ages!

DATES: Tuesday October 2 to Friday October 12
WHERE: Dave Taylor Park, Pioneer Estate, Griffith

Interested: Contact Geraldine Ph: 0448 657 359 or Fusi 0418 485 346 from Intereach TPRS

 

Wagga Wagga

Papercraft

Come along and have some fun making Halloween decorations! These sessions are free but bookings are essential. For more info contact Jodie, Intereach TPRS, ph 02 6932 8300
or email jodiec@intereach.com.au.

Join us… if you dare!

Tolland

DATE: Wednesday 3 October
TIME: 10am till 12pm
WHERE: Tolland Community Centre, Bruce St

Ashmont

DATE: Thursday 4 October
TIME: 10am till 12pm
WHERE: Ngurra Community Centre, 15 Blakemore St, Ashmont

Kooringal

DATE: Wednesday 10 October
TIME: 10am till 12pm
WHERE: Kooringal Community Centre, 4 Wilga St, Kooringal

Jewellery Workshops

Love beading? Young people aged five years and up are invited to join us for FREE jewellery workhops to learn how to make beautiful beading and Jewellery projects! Lunch is provided. No experience needed. Everyone welcome but bookings are essential. To book, contact Jodie, Intereach TPRS, on 02 6932 8300

Ashmont

DATE: Thursday 11 October 2018
TIME: 10.30am till 2pm
WHERE: Ngurra Community Centre,15 Blakemore Ave, Ashmont

Kooringal

DATE: Friday 12 October 2018
TIME: 10.30am till 2pm
WHERE: Kooringal Community Centre, Wilga Street, Kooringal

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Family Fun Challenge

To celebrate Families Week (15th – 21st May) we are encouraging family members to have fun with each other, get outside but also make the most of being indoors with our Family Fun Challenge

The family who completes the most family fun activities from the list below and adds at least three of their own will receive a Gift Basket full of goodies to enjoy!

Families will be required to photograph each activity they complete and email them to Sylvia Munson (sylviam@intereach.com.au) by the end of May to be considered for the prize.

The  theme this year is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’

Family Fun Challenge activities:

  • Hold a family talent quest, rehearse, plan, invite
  • Have a family games day/night or play a card game – UNO, Snap etc…
  • Learn a new game from the internet
  • Choose a theme for dinner and dress up (or just dress up for a bit of fun!)
  • Let the kids cook dinner
  • Do some baking together and take some to a neighbour or friend
  • Go for a picnic and explore nature while you’re there
  • Have a treasure hunt in the back yard
  • Try to take a pet portrait – trying to get a picture of the cat or dog could take hours!
  • Make an indoor obstacle course
  • Pretend that you are a spy and write secret messages
  • Make music with whatever instruments you have; grab a tambourine and shake it along to your favourite song
  • Make old socks into puppets and put on a show
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Make your own playdough
  • Play hide and seek in the day and in the dark with a torch
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Visit the library for the morning and find books on a new subject
  • Have a room tidying contest to see who can tidy their room the fastest
  • Make your own soup can bowling set or plastic bottle bowling set
  • Keep balloons in the air from one end of the house to the other, tapping gently
  • Play ‘I-Spy’
  • Play ‘Duck Duck Goose’
  • Act out your children’s favourite books
  • Have a catch in a local park or the backyard
  • Make marshmallow structures
  • Make string telephones with strings and cans and take the fun outside
  • Build an indoor tent or fort with couches and some bed sheets
  • Build card towers with old birthday/Christmas cards
  • Indoor scavenger hunt
  • Use masking tape to create roadways on the floor and create neighbourhoods
  • Make homemade greeting cards
  • Do some artwork outside on easels
  • Research a new country’s cuisine and try it out
  • Make your own bread
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Make a family movie
  • Have a dance party
  • Play dress ups and act out scenes in the new outfits
  • Find some trees to climb
  • Have a back yard toy car wash & then wash the real car together
  • Have a bonfire/firepit and toast marshmallows & sing-along
  • Play French cricket
  • Clean out your toys and donate to charity
  • Clean out your cupboard and donate to charity
  • Have a vegie planting/gardening day
  • Go on a photo scavenger hunt – get a pic for every letter of the alphabet, inside one day, outside the next.
  • Play ‘Follow the Leader’, taking it in turns
  • Gather the family to enjoy a story podcast
  • Write some letters to out of town relatives or friends
  • Make a marshmallow catapult and see who can catch the most in their mouth
  • Pull out the building blocks and Lego and create a mini city
  • Bake simple salt-dough ornaments and then paint them, use whatever cookie cutter shapes you have available
  • Challenge each other to a game of charades
  • Get all dressed up and host your own fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals)
  • Use hallways for classic games like ‘Red Light, Green Light’ and ‘Leap Frog’
  • Have an indoor ‘camp out’ with sleeping bags, a tent, and board games
  • Plan a three course dinner and all family members get involved to prepare a course
  • Take it in turns doing each other’s hobbies
  • Go on a bug hunt with jars and a magnifying glass – draw what you find
  • Paint some rocks and drop them in public gardens for people to find
  • Go for a park trek to a few different parks, after making a map and planning the stops
  • Get wet, dirty and messy with your kids in the backyard and make mud pies
  • Go to the park and collect autumn leaves, roll in them, stick them on paper, decorate the window with them
  • Take the children to the museum
  • Do a town walk and talk about all the old buildings/read the plaques.
  • Take a ball to the footy oval and have a kick
  • Go lie on a blanket under a cloudy sky and find all the shapes.
  • Write a family story together or create a family tree
  • Have a sunset picnic
  • Have a reading marathon – create a list of 20 books and get them all read!
  • Get up early, pack breakfast, and have a sunrise breakfast
  • Go to a public place, ‘people watch’, and make up imaginary stories about people
  • Play freeze tag or dance freeze
  • Have a crazy science day – one experiment for each family member
  • Learn magic tricks
  • Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member
  • Make up trivia questions about each other
  • Play in the rain
  • Take turns saying and learning tongue twisters or poems
  • Learn and tell each other jokes
  • Learn to juggle
  • Build paper airplanes and have a flying contest
  • Go bird watching
  • Visit the fire station
  • Learn a new language – free lessons online
  • Star gazing on blankets at night – get the constellation app
  • Look through old photo albums or create a new one
  • Exercise together
  • Makeover their rooms, clean out, rearrange
  • Style days – spas, nails, hairdos
  • Favourite memory days – share memories and turn them into a scrapbook
  • Play school, shop or office together
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