9 BEST NOVEL CATCH UP IDEAS If you’re feeling stuck in a rut with your match activities, or just want to mix things up a bit, check out our 9 Best Novel Catch-Up Ideas for something different! 1. Make your own herb garden Take a trip to Bunnings to get the materials (of course, don’t forget to get a sausage) and build your own personal herb garden in the backyard! It’s a great way to help your mentee learn about responsibility and once the herbs have grown, you can look up some recipes to use them in! 3. Go on a bike ride through space! You can follow the sun to the outer planets on a 5.9km bike/walking track between St Kilda and Port Melbourne – look up The Melbourne Solar System Self-Guided Trail for more details. Our tip – go at sunset! 2. Learn about a new topic together If you’re not feeling up for physical activity, then get comfy on the couch and discuss philosophy! You could learn about physics or philosophy together and get into some really interesting conversations as a result – this one is best for an older young person! There are plenty of youth-friendly resources available online for harder topics. 4. Be a tourist for a day The City Circle tram in the CBD is often overlooked, but it is a fantastic no-cost way to see the city! Jump on with your mentee and pretend to be tourists for a day. You could talk about what you would go see first if you were visiting Melbourne and take some cheesy tourist snaps together.
5. Shop for bric-a-brac The Camberwell Sunday Market runs every Sunday morning – take ten bucks each and see who can find the most unusual memento from one of the many stalls! There are also street performers and musicians to listen to, and plenty of hot jam donuts to scoff down. 7. DIY Skincare Last year for Christmas, one of our matches made their own body scrub out of coconut oil, sugar and lavender oil, bottled it and gave it to their family! Find some recipes online and make your own (avoid any with lemon juice or salt, though!) 6. Go on a digital treasure hunt From the Geocaching Australia website: “Geocaching is a treasure hunt with something for everyone. Using map coordinates and a GPS enabled device, you can find a geocache near your home, in the city, in the bush or in Antarctica…You can drive up to your geocache and spot it from the car, or you can choose to hike for miles up and down mountains in the snow in search of that elusive container.” Go to www.geocaching.com.au to see how to get started! 8. Be models for a day First, bring a bunch of you and your mentees clothes together to help each other figure out some nice outfits. Next comes the fun part – model them, and take some photos! You could both even hold onto them for future reference about potential outfits. 9. Make a jar of happiness All you need for this are some jars, paper and pens. Spend the day with your mentee thinking about somebody you both care about and would like to be there for. Then, cut out some small pieces of paper and write down happy or inspiring messages on them! Once you have enough, put them in the jar and give it to a friend or family member to use when they’re in need of a pick me up!