Hol­i­day tasks teach­ing kids valu­able life lessons

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they’re al­ways a re­ally fun ac­tiv­ity for the whole fam­ily and a chance to redis­cover some hid­den nat­u­ral gems in the area, such as Cen­ten­nial Park Tree Trust and Puarenga Stream.

“To give them a go, all you need to do is down­load the maps and instructions from the Vir­tu­ally on Track web­site.”

En­tries for the Term 3 hol­i­day scav­enger hunts close on Oc­to­ber 14. Visit vir­tu­al­ly­on­track.co.nz for de­tails.

Ro­torua Li­brary’s sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties start on Mon­day and in­clude a STEAM Mys­tery Bag Chal­lenge, Rain­bow Dance Party, mak­ing your own in­stru­ment from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and learn­ing about an­i­mal wel­fare with Ge­off Ruds­dale, of Ro­torua SPCA.

There is also a new Lego chal­lenge — Lego Towns — be­ing held in the Mak­erspace.

The Great Te Aka Mauri Scav­enger Hunt will again run through­out the hol­i­days with new ques­tions and chal­lenges, and avail­able in te reo Ma¯ori and As well as fun and play, the school hol­i­days are an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about val­ues and hard work, ac­cord­ing to one Ro­torua fam­ily.

Ro­torua fa­ther Jack Rahu­rahu’s tips for keep­ing chil­dren en­ter­tained dur­ing the school hol­i­days in­cluded go­ing to the Red­woods, beaches, parks, and play­grounds, as well as cy­cling, gar­den­ing, read­ing, sports and stay overs with fam­ily and friends.

He also sug­gested house jobs for pocket money; some­thing his sons Ti­aki Rahu­rahu, 14, and Raukawa Rahu­rahu, 8, will be do­ing.

Jobs will in­clude rak­ing up leaves, mow­ing the lawn and do­ing the dishes.

Jack said Ti­aki would spend time with his mother in Auck­land so any pocket money he earned could be used up there.

“It teaches them the value of money and un­der­stand­ing that things are earned in life.”

He said the chil­dren were also proud when they achieved what they set out to do.

Ti­aki said he was look­ing for­ward English for the first time.

An­i­mates and the Kids Safe with Dogs Char­i­ta­ble Trust are of­fer­ing free ses­sions teach­ing chil­dren dog safety and the cor­rect way to in­teract with dogs.

Ses­sions are on Oc­to­ber 4 and 11, at 11am and 2pm.

An­i­mates na­tional man­ager Jacqui Baigent said the ses­sions to help­ing out around the house and spend­ing time with the fam­ily.

He said he had a wa­ter raft­ing event for the Air Train­ing Corps 75th Squadron while in Auck­land, which he had not done be­fore, so was look­ing for­ward to the new ex­pe­ri­ence.

His cadet squadron were also mar­shalling as a fundraiser at a mo­tor­cy­cling event dur­ing the hol­i­days.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with my mates and learn­ing.” would help chil­dren feel more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent. Chil­dren who com­plete the work­shop will take home a free ac­tiv­ity book and cer­tifi­cate.

The po­lice and NZ Transport Agency are ask­ing ev­ery­body trav­el­ling these school hol­i­days to plan ahead, take reg­u­lar breaks, and stay safe on the roads.

PHOTO / STEPHEN PARKER

Ro­torua’s Ti­aki Rahu­rahu, 14, will be work­ing hard as well as hav­ing fun these school hol­i­days.

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