Kids page: O brother, where art thou?

Saturday October 12, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Helping out with the Christmas Box appeal, are brothers Luke (left) and Joel Mateariki. 19101171 Helping out with the Christmas Box appeal, are brothers Luke (left) and Joel Mateariki. 19101171

Some great tips for entertaining the kids in the school holidays – and lessening mum and dads’ stress!


By chance, we managed to capture two pairs of brothers, hanging out together during the school holidays.

Luke and Joel Mateariki were happily cooking and dishing out sausage sizzles in front of the Bank of the South Pacific yesterday morning for charity.

The boys were assisted by their nana, Bernice Manarangi and uncle Brett George, helping out for the annual Christmas Box event. The brothers help out with house hold chores, raking the leaves and putting out the trash, and are enjoying the school break. 

Meanwhile the Raeina brothers, Darius, 13, and Nathaniel, 11, enjoy being with their cousin Memory Kavana, 13.

“I like to spend time with my family,” Memory says, “going to the beach and swimming, and also rake the rubbish every day and clean the house of course.”

Darius and Nathaniel love playing soccer and sports, and always enjoy the beach.



1. Have a kids MasterChef competition at home. Keep meals simple – something like pizza is perfect. This works especially well if the kids have a few friends over. Even have a competition as to who makes the best pizza. Making dough from scratch is fun (and tires them out!) or buy the bases from CITC supermarket.

2. Visit a new playground or sports field, like one on the other side of the island from where you live, that you haven’t been to before. Bring the neighbours’ kids too (the more the merrier), take water bottles and sandwiches and organise games like,” Hit the Can, bull-rush, hop-scotch, marbles and ring-a-rosie.

3. Go swimming. Check out a different swimming spot, one you haven’t been to. Choose one with a nice shady spot for Mum to sit and read – Dad can watch the kids. Build sandcastles, collect shells.

4. Have a picture-taking contest. Photography is an excellent art form that children can enjoy as a hobby throughout their school holiday. So share your phones with them, experiment by taking all sorts of pictures, make it as funny as possible and create your own school holiday catalogue!

5. Go for a bike ride. No bike? Just borrow one. You can call it “the adventures of neighbourhood cycling”, a fun and healthy activity with kids that can take place in your local.

6. Visit the SPCA animal shelter. Contact the SPCA, and ask when your kids can visit and help out with chores. Or contact family members, friends and neighbours, and offer to walk or groom their pets, brush their coats, give them cuddles. This would be greatly appreciated.



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