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When is the last time you went outside your comfort zone and tried something new? Right, you say, I can barely keep up with what I have going on!  Then again, how often are you looking at the kids with their face buried in a screen, and tried thinking of alternatives.

I'm all into this site these days: ( which is about letting kids get out of their comfort zone, do something that feels a little risky, and experience growth. I don't know why it struck a chord with me, but there you have it.

So here are a few ideas:

  •  Write down creative ideas on individual slips of paper, put them in a jar, then each person has to do whatever the slip they draw.  Like, imitate grandma, make a noise like a fish, jump as far as you can, then "stick" the landing, dance in a particular pattern, clap in a particular pattern, draw your favorite food, touch your nose with your tongue, pat your head and rub your belly at the same time, learn a new song by heart, learn a poem by heart, make up a song, make up a haiku poem, on and on it goes.  Put short tasks on one color paper and longer ones on a different color.
  • Go outside and make up a challenge or competition, like can we get our swings in the same pattern, or in exactly opposite patterns? Who can jump the highest? Who can sing a note the longest with one breath? 
  •  Kudos to my friend Kyle for this one: we were at a lazy river in Las Vegas, and he said, "you have to stand on the next crack with both feet, and the one to last the longest is the winner."  Pretty soon everyone in the pool was playing the game!
Gem of Wisdom:  Practice being creatively outside your comfort zone.

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