Kia Ora Tatou,
It is hard to believe the holidays are here!  I think holidays give you time as a family to ‘regroup’.  On the other hand I would hate to think children sit in front of the television or a computer screen and spend their holidays watching cartoons or playing computer games.  It is always good to plan activities and activities don’t need to cost a lot of money.  Here are a few ideas (tried and tested) to keep you and your children busy over the holidays. 
• Press flowers or leaves and make cards for grandparents 
• Play memory games.  Cards or a tray of items which your child must remember. 
• Get out a globe or world map.  Take an imaginary journey by sticking a pin into the map and then learning something about that country 
• Make homemade ice-cream and invite friends for a taste test. 
• Host a talent quest for friends. 
• Have a mid-year BBQ by toasting marshmallows. 
• Visit the Town Library. 
• Cut our potato stamps and create pictures and cards. 
• Visit the beach and collect firewood or pick up rubbish. 
• Plant a garden. 
• Visit the lagoon and feed the ducks.  There is a beautiful white heron (kotuku) on the field near the Aquatic Centre you may like to observe. 
• Go on mid-winter cycling picnic along the new cycleway. 
• For more ideas visit
But most of all enjoy your wonderful children.  Ensure they get plenty of rest and are ready to start Term 3 with enthusiasm and a thirst for learning. 
Take care 
Mandy O’Sullivan


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