If you’re struggling to think of fun things to do with the kids these school holidays, why not head outside and get active? We don’t have to tell you that physical activity is great for your health, with an hour of moderate intensity exercise each day shown to help reduce cancer risk. But with the weather starting to warm up, there are plenty of great ways to make it fun for the whole family too!
Our Prevention Team have come up with 5 ways to keep your kids active and occupied during these school holidays:
1. Host a dance party.
Put some music on, take the kids outside and shake that body!
2. Plant a fruit and veggie garden.
Let the kids pick the herbs, veggies or fruit and behold as your garden flourishes with fresh ingredients for your meals.
3. Set-up a treasure hunt.
Spread clues far and wide throughout the house or outdoors with a time-limit to keep the kids moving.
4. Play eye spy on a walk around the neighbourhood.
Walking is great exercise and to keep it fun for the kids too, why not stimulate your brain with a family favourite – plus, a change of scenery keeps the game interesting!
5. Be SunSmart.
Cancer Council SA recommends using sun protection when the ultraviolet (UV) Index is 3 and above to protect yourself from skin cancer. With an average UV Index of 5 in October, it’s important that when playing outdoors these school holidays, you protect your family’s skin in five ways:
- Slip on sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours.
- Slap on a hat that provides good sun protection to your face, neck and ears including broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style hats.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on close fitting, wraparound sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible.
Download the free SunSmart app to access local daily sun protection times before you head outside here.
For more information on how to be SunSmart while enjoying time outside these school holidays, visit www.cancersa.org.au/prevention/sunsmart