In 2020, when most of Victorians have been trapped in their homes all year, screens have been our gateway to the world.  We are using screens for work, for school – even to socialise.  

So, to give your eyes a break, here are four things to keep your or the kids entertained that doesn’t require a screen.  

Discover ducks  

Victorian suburbs are teeming with native wildlife. Whether you live in Melbourne or in a regional town, duck spotting is a great way to feel connected with nature and learn more about the native animals we share our space with.  

Birdwatching is surprisingly addictive. It doesn’t take you long to realise how unique every Australian duck is and get excited about finding them. Pretty soon you’ll know your Blue-billed Ducks from your Pink-eared Ducks and every visit to your local creek or park will feel like a new adventure. Get started using the Discover Ducks website.  

Teach your old dog new trick

It’s never too late to start training your dog, no matter how old they are. Dogs are intelligent creatures and like to use their brains. It helps them feel more confident, less anxious and beats boredom.  

If your dog is food motivated, your job will be a whole lot easier. The trick is to understand what rewards will enforce positive behavior. RSPCA Victoria has some great training resources that can help you get started. 

Make Christmas cards

Hear us out on this one. Christmas cards are often expensive, commercialised and kitschy. And if you do find nice Christmas card, it will probably be more expensive than the gift itself.  

Making your own Christmas Cards is a fun activity that taps into that often-neglected creative side. It’s a thoughtful way to show your loved ones you care and a fun yearly tradition that the kids can get into. You could even send them by snail mail if you want to be super old school, nothing beats the rush of excitement upon finding a personalised envelope in your letterbox.  

Make Christmas cards

You don’t have to be a green thumb to make a terrarium. Gardening can feel intimidating if you haven’t done it before, but the great thing about terrariums is their size and the types of plants you can put in them.  

Consider choosing small, low maintenance plants that don’t require often watering. Terrariums are super pretty and completely satisfying to make. Plants will transform the feel of your home and they bring lots of good energy into the space.  

For more ideas to explore Victoria, visit Discover Ducks