When things are going to hell in a hand basket, or when you just have a little snip of time between one thing and another, or when you just need everyone to stop running around the house and leaping off the couches… that’s when you need a 30 Minute Challenge!
It’s a new game I’ve invented (well ok, someone else probably thought of it first, but I invented it in our house!) and it works a treat to break the crazy cycle, at least for 30 minutes! Here’s how it works..
Challenge your kids to create something in 30 minutes.
Yep, it’s that simple!
You may need to vary the challenges and make the time longer or shorter depending on the activity or the age of the child, but the idea is the same. Make it sound special by announcing in your best ring masters voice that it’s… “Time for a 30 minute challenge!!!” and then let them loose!
Here are some easy ideas for a 30 Minute Challenge.
The Lego/Constucton Challenge.
Challenge your kids to build something out of Lego or another construction set. It might be a house, a garden, a vehicle, whatever you can come up with.
This our current favourite challenge and we almost always use Lego!
There is a cool blog called Lego Challenge but I only found it after I’d wracked my brains trying to come up with ideas, it hasn’t been updated for a long time, but there are still lots of cool ideas.
The Play Dough Challenge.
Similar to the Lego challenge but with more mess, so this one is not good if you don’t have much time! Challenge your kids to make a play dough animal, or monster, or how about their favourite food?
The Drawing Challenge.
Challenge your kids to draw something. Perhaps a picture of themselves, or a family member, their favourite food, favourite animal. Or challenge them to draw using red, orange and green only, or only using triangles…
The Dancing Challenge.
Of course my girls came up with this challenge – make up a dance and perform it. I added the extra challenge of making sure everyone who wants to be in it can be in it!
The Cleaning Challenge.
So far this challenge has worked far better than I could ever had hoped, though I did shorten the time frame. I challenged the kids to make the living room as tidy as they could in 10 minutes and my goodness it was tidy!