Kids shut inside on cold, rainy days during the school holidays are a recipe for boredom, which in turn is a recipe for parents tearing their hair out.
With schools not back in action for a couple of weeks yet and the weather in the days ahead looking gloomy across New Zealand, you might be getting desperate in looking for ways to keep children entertained.
While there's absolutely no shame in switching on the iPads for the fifth day running, you might want to stop their eyes from going too square with some more hands-on activities.
The Bunnings team have put together the following ideas to keep the kids entertained and keep your sanity intact.
Every kid loves to build their own fort, a hideaway to escape and create their own world. Whether it's forecast for rain or shine, you can build a fort with your kids indoors or outdoors, using anything around the house from old sheets and pegs, fairy lights and pillows. To make it extra fancy, pick up some timber from somewhere like Mitre 10 or Bunnings to create a sturdy frame that will last for weeks. Get inspired with this step-by-step guide on how to build a play tent.
You're never too young to start your DIY career and the school holidays are the perfect place to get the kids stuck into some age-appropriate handywork. Take them along to a kid's DIY workshop at your nearest Bunnings store where they can learn how to make their own toolbox, toy truck, planter box, or painting creation. Workshops will be running each Saturday and Sunday during the school holiday period.
If you're looking for a quieter activity, check out this craft inspiration. You'll find a range of easy to achieve projects, complete with step-by-step instructions and videos, so you can get creative using supplies around the home. Try painting, pasting, cutting or drawing to get the creative juices flowing! This guide to creating a binocular safari step-by-step guide is an affordable project to make using a handful of materials you've probably already got at home.