Holiday Activities

Holiday activities

Our librarians have put together crafts and fun activities you can do at home for the school holidays - or any time!

Craft activities

See the winners in our RNZB Sleeping Beauty competitions

Here are the winners in our two competitions to win tickets to RNZB's The Sleeping Beauty at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Fijian salusalu craft - Fijian Language Week

Salusalu is Fijian for necklace/garland. Tiresa shows how to make a simple version of your own.

Bookworms Book Club: Where The World Turns Wild - Oct 2020

Bookworms Book Club, uLibrary's kids bookclub has a great new eAudiobook for October, Where the World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold.

Filipino Traditional Clothing: Barong Tagalog & Baro’t Saya

Find out about Filipino traditional clothing and make your own Filipino Paper Dolls.

智趣文化-中国的传统服饰

Amber introduces this history of Chinese traditional clothing and show how to make origami clothes.

Your Ōtautahi Christchurch Story - STEAM Lab Online

This month’s challenge - Beaulah shows you how to contribute your own stories and images to the library’s Discovery Wall!

Fun Woven Paper Placemat Holiday Challenge

Weaving paper placemats is a fun, fast and easy craft to make for kids and parents to do and enjoy together.

Tuvaluan Ili Craft - Tuvalu Language Week

Tālofa. Enjoy this Tuvaluan Ili Craft in Tuvalu Language Week Vaiaso o te ‘Gana Tuvalu.

Challenges for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020 - E oho

During Te wiki o te reo Māori we will be sharing a Māori phrase a day along with suggested activities or challenges inspired by each phrase.

Kōrero Whīwhiwhi – Te Reo Māori Tongue Twisters

Try these Te Reo Māori word games - designed to keep minds quick and tongues sharp.

Challenges for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020 - Manu

During Te wiki o te reo Māori we will be sharing a Māori phrase a day along with suggested activities or challenges inspired by each phrase.

Challenges for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020 - Toa

During Te wiki o te reo Māori we will be sharing a Māori phrase a day along with suggested activities or challenges inspired by each phrase.

Tonga Language Week craft: Kiekie

Mālō e Lelei. Enjoy this Tonga Language Week Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga craft from Tiresa.

STEAM Lab Online: Stop Motion at Home

Follow along with the wonderful experts from Kiri and Lou & learn how to create your very own stop-motion video.

查找图书馆针对儿童少年的汉语资源

Hong's Chinese language post shows how to access Chinese language books, eBooks and eMagazines for children.

Homework Help for Years 9 & 10

Here are great places to start your research - resources that will keep your teacher happy, and are easy to use.

WINTER

Classic Cut Out Paper Snowflakes

Finger Knitted Ear Warmer Headband

Hatching Penguin Puppet

Matariki Crafts

Whaea Paula shows us how to make a woven star out of ribbon.

Maatakiwi from Māori Library Services shows us how to make a folded paper star box for Matariki.

Maatakiwi from Māori Library Services shows us how to make a woven cardboard star for Matariki.

Maatakiwi from Māori Library Services shows us how to make a decorated folded star card for Matariki.

AUTUMN

Paper Craft Hedgehogs

Whoooo would like to create a woodland creature from paper and autumn leaves?

What you will need: 

  • Paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Book covers
  • Old magazines
  • Any other materials that can be cut into flat leaves
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black felt
  • Printer (optional - to print templates)
  1. Cut out the hedgehog shape either using the hedgehog template or drawing one yourself. If on white paper, colour the hedgehog shape brown (or any colour you want).
  2. Cut out different sized leaves on different materials. You could colour in some yourself, use some book covers to get a variety of colours and make use of old magazines.
  3. Begin gluing the leaves onto the hedgehog, ensuring to leave space for the head.
  4. Once all leaves have been glued on, draw an eye and a nose.

Templates: Click on templates to open, then click save as to your computer, the downloaded file will be A4 size for printing

Hedgehog:

Leaves:

Paper Craft Owls

What you will need: 

  • White or coloured card/paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Glue (PVA or hot glue)
  • Autumn leaves (gather from your garden or neighbourhood)
  • Printer (optional - to print templates)
  1. Print the Owl template below out in black on coloured card/paper.
  2. Cut out body, eyes and beak.

3. Add markings on the eyes, or colour if on white card/paper.

4. Stick eyes and beak on owl body.

5. Choose large leaves for wings and smaller ones for ears or feet.

6. Use a blob of glue to stick wings on the front of your owl.

7. Use a blob of glue to stick the ears and feet on the back of your owl.

Finished! You could make a parliament of owls for your display.

Templates: Click on template to open (note: the owl template may not show on the preview, click on the black screen), then click save as to your computer, the downloaded file will be A4 size for printing (you will be able to view the template when you go to print)

Owl:

Stained Glass Leaves

Catch the sun with a colourful leafy craft to hang in the window.

What you will need:

  • Coloured card/paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Self adhesive contact paper
  • Cellophane or real leaves
  • Sellotape (optional)
  • Hole Punch (optional)
  • String (optional)
  1. Draw the outline of a leaf onto your card or paper and cut out.

2. Cut out x2 sheets of contact paper slightly bigger than your leaf size.

3. Take x1 sheet of the contact paper removing the backing and place your leaf shape on the sticky side (sticky side up).

4. Stick scraps of cellophane or real leaves inside your leaf shape.

5. Take your other sheet of the contact paper removing the backing and place over your leaf (sticky side down).

6. Cut around the outside of the leaf shape.

7. Use a hole punch or sellotape to attach string. Hang in your window to catch the colours.

Tea Light Jars

Upcycle a jar and create some autumn ambience! Bring a clean glass jar.

What you will need:

  • Clean glass jar
  • Real leaves or leaves made from crepe/tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Twine or String
  • Glue
  • LED tea light candle
  • Paper/card (optional to print out leaves template)
  • Printer (optional to print out leaves template)
  1. Draw some leaf shapes on your crepe/tissue paper, print out the leaves template below, use real leaves, or mixture. Cut out multiple shapes.

2. Use a small amount of glue on either the inside or outside of your jar. Sticking one leaf at a time, until your jar is covered.

3. For a final touch wrap your twine or string around the top of your jar.

4. Pop in your LED tea light candle to finish it all off.

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