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!

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Ngā Whāinga – Challenges for Tamariki

Our Māori Services team bring you activities for tamariki.

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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