It’s been 3 weeks of lockdown and now another 3 weeks… How are we going to fill all this time we now have on our hands?

Boredom definitely breeds creativity and the latest brilliant craze is the 2.6 Challenge. The team here at EdUKaid has been getting right into this. They are an ambitious lot and have been seen practising, ahead of the big day on Sunday 26th April.

But why do the 2.6 Challenge?

The idea is based on the 26 miles of the Virgin London Marathon, which sadly won’t happen this year. 

Instead, support the EdUKaid charity by taking part in your own home. Get fundraising and donate with your own challenge to support families dealing with Coronavirus in the most rural areas of Tanzania now too.

Anything with the number 26 qualifies and this is how we’ve been 26ing it:

For the energetic crowd

26 minutes of runningRun up and down your street, in circles around the garden, up and down the stairs in your house… you’re getting the gist.

26 star jumpsOr jump stars for 2.6 minutes… oof, that’s a tough one!

Run on the spot as fast as you can for 26 secondsWhy not team up with friends? Coordinate to do this at exactly 6 minutes past 2pm every day. How’s that for some moral support?!

Silly can still be exercise!

Piggyback racing: Grab mum, dad, sister or whoever and get into pairs to race each other for 26 seconds.

Carry a book on your head for 26 secondsEasier said than done.

Exercise the brain

Learn the names of 26 plants outside your doorstepDaisy, ivy, snowdrop… these would be a challenge to my 2.5 year-old daughter, but if you’re a bit older and that’s too easy-peasy try the Latin names instead.

Story-tellingGet someone to give you a topic and you must then talk about it non-stop for 2.6 minutes. Perhaps ‘The inside of a ping-pong ball’ or ‘Why are dandelions yellow?’.

Reading for 26 minutes every dayDepending on your age and preferences, The Gruffalo’s Child’ by Julia Donaldson is an awesome book for toddlers. If you want something sentimental, Saving Missy by Beth Morrey is fab. And if you want a true challenge, go for Anti-Fragile, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Fundraising fun

Pick your challenge and get friends and family in on the fun. Raise some much-needed funds for our friends in Tanzania. All donations will go to improving their lives and fighting Coronavirus in a territory that has so little medical support as it is.

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