It’s hard to believe that the school holidays are just around the corner – yet again! After a challenging few months, simple and easy holiday activities are top of the list for keeping the kids busy. We’ve put together five suggestions for children 10 years and under – best of all, they’re completely free to do.
DOC Kiwi Guardians Programme
This fantastic initiative by the Department of Conservation will get the kids exploring nature without any complaints. From crafting to nature walks, there’s something that every child will enjoy. They’ll even earn a beautiful medal for their efforts when they complete each fun task.
Get going with Kiwi Guardians, here.
Plan a playground explore
You may have tried and tested out the playgrounds in your local neighbourhood – but how about venturing a little farther and exploring those in your wider region? You could even create a list of simple ‘find & seek’ items to tick off along the way. An ice-cream reward for their efforts always goes down a treat!
Find out some of the best playgrounds in NZ with this list.
One for a rainy day
The weather isn’t always kind to parents when it comes to the holidays, so here are a few ideas to keep them occupied indoors.
- Lego challenge – build one creation using every piece of Lego in the house.
- Cool crayons – gather-up broken crayons and bake them in old, unwanted silicone muffin moulds at a low temperature for 10 or so minutes until they melt (watch them carefully!) Once cool and hardened, you’ll have a gorgeous new crayon collection.
- Baking challenge – ask the kids to ring a relative, write (or dictate to you) one of their favourite recipes and then get to work baking it. Everyone will love the delicious reward at the end!
Find other great suggestions for indoor play, here.
Plan a trip
Put the kids in charge to plan their own adventure. They’ll love the responsibility and all you need to do is print out a local map to plot the route. Ask them to estimate how long it will take and list what you need to bring along.
Take along a free Te Papa activity book to enjoy on the journey.
Go rock hunting
The rock hunting craze is still going strong throughout New Zealand, and it’s so much fun! They can be tucked away in the most creative places, so if you’re wanting guaranteed delight, take a few along with you to secretly stash for your little hunters to discover.
Take a look on Facebook for your local rock hunting group, or visit Rock Hunters NZ.
Stay safe and well
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