The best activities for kids of every age these school holidays

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The best activities for kids of every age these school holidays

It's a fun, recurring challenge for parents everywhere: how to keep kids of different ages entertained and out of trouble when the school holidays descend? Welcome to our roundup of the best kid-approved activities and games for every age group.

To the list!

Babies/toddlers

Bring the amusement park vibe indoors this winter with this ball pit playtent. Bringing the fun with its bright colours, this tent set helps develop co-ordination and encourages co-operative play.

Busy, bouncy fun in a portable, space-saving, fold-flat Jumperoo. What more could you want? Bounce to the moon and back with the cutest characters on the block on the Fisher Price Colourful Carnival Space Saver Jumperoo.

Available at Farmers.


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3 to 5-year-olds

Two words: Play Doh. Whatever the weather, now your kids can have their own pretend beach day any time of year! Get creative and make Play-Doh sandcastles with the bucket mold, then make ocean animals by using the cutters to create a lobster and starfish, and shape a fish with the head and tail.

Available at Farmers.


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Keep your little ones protected from rain if they decide to venture outside with cute, ultra-light rain jackets and kids Poncho's available at rs of building enjoyment with every LEGO Creator set.
Available at Farmers.

6 to 11-year-olds

Piece together the Harry Potter 500 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle from the famous themes of the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter! This clever puzzle has a magical 3D effect that gives a stunning depth to the images.
Available at Whitcoulls .


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The Lego Creator sets includes collectable Modular Houses and Vehicles. Guarantee hours of building enjoyment with every LEGO Creator set.
Available at Farmers.


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Creating a time capsule for kids is a fun activity that the entire family can participate in. Whitcoulls will have everything you need to create a top-secret time capsule that their future selves will treasure for a lifetime.

The National Geographic Gemstone Dig Kit will have you digging up 3 genuine gemstones! This is definitely one to tell the class about.
Available at Farmers.


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Teens

Get your teenager into wearing smart tech on their wrist to up their fitness game - these can be used with a range of different apps keeping the novelty coming for quite some time. From the Nike fitness app through to following friends on Strava to compare running times, this is a watch that will keep on giving. Kids Smart Watches Garmin
Available at Noel Leeming or JB Hi Fi.


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Let them "tune out" with The JBL TUNE500BT headphones. These wireless numbers will allow your teen stream powerful sound with no strings attached, for up to 16 hours of pure distraction.
Available at JB Hi Fi.


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Home cooking and baking for all ages

You can’t go wrong with baking, and we're yet to find a kid that doesn’t enjoy getting involved - even if it's just licking the spoon!

If you're after something simple and no fuss, you could go with either of these recipes.

- Banana and blueberry buttermilk pancakes
- Mini savoury danishes three ways

Celebrate the Maori New Year with our Matariki Star Hunt
Dine in with your friends and family this Matariki

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