​Activities

An idea for your mentoring is to keep an album with photographic record of activities and memorabilia – creating memories with the child.

 

Resources​

Outside Activity Ideas​

  • Abseiling
  • Ball games
  • Barbeques
  • Beach –  combing, drawing in the sandcastles, collecting shells
  • Berry picking
  • Bike riding - Bike repairing
  • Big tree walk
  • Bird watching
  • BMX track
  • Building
  • Bumpa-boats
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cardboard down hills
  • Car yards
  • Caving
  • Cloud watching
  • Collecting shells, rocks, insects, etc.
  • Dodgem cars
  • Dog training
  • Drag racing
  • Driving / tiki touring
  • Estuary exploring
  • Exploring
  • Farm activities – watch a milking, visit a farm, sheep shearing etc.
  • Feed ducks
  • Fishing, eeling, cockles, floundering.(gathering Kai Moana)
  • 4x4 wheel driving
  • Firewood collecting
  • Fleamarket / Garage Sales
  • Frisbee
  • Fruit Picking – berries, etc.
  • Gardening - vegie/flower garden project
  • Ginger beer making
  • Glass Blowing Gallery
  • Going to the markets/Fairs, garage sales
  • Go-Karting, Dodgem Cars
  • Golf – mini golf
  • Gold Panning
  • Hangi
  • Harakeke
  • Hunting
  • Hydra slide
  • Horseriding
  • Hut making
  • Ice skating
  • Kites ($2 shop)
  • Lizard Hunting
  • Mechanics
  • Mentors/families outing
  • Microscope
  • Mini golf
  • Model boats
  • Motorbiking
  • Orienteering
  • Paintball
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Passionfruit collecting
  • Petanque
  • Picnics
  • Play touch rugby, squash, golf, tennis, table tennis, pool, ....with them
  • Playgrounds
  • Rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Rollerblading
  • Sailing
  • Sandcastles
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Skate Board Park
  • Skiing, snow tobogganing, snow activities
  • Shooting - possum, rabbit
  • Shopping
  • Sitting on a hill, Sliding down a hill
  • Snorkeling,
  • Socialise with other children
  • Speedway/Drag racing
  • SPCA
  • Sport - watch child play sport, or participate
  • Spotlighting
  • Street Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Tadpole hunting
  • Target shooting
  • Tennis
  • Tramping, bushcraft,
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Tree planting
  • Trip to the snow
  • Volleyball
  • Walks – bush, beach, walkways
  • Washing Cars
  • Watching sport
  • Water fights
  • Water propelled rockets
  • Window shopping
  • White-baiting​

Inside Activity Ideas​

  •  Activity Books
  • Art gallery
  • Aquarium
  • Badminton
  • Baking/cooking – make a cake, chocolate/lolly making
  • Bead Gallery
  • Board games
  • Boxing
  • Cafe
  • Card games
  • Candle making
  • Ceramic Painting
  • Chipmunks
  • Clay modelling
  • Climbing Wall
  • Crafts – card making, shell or other picture frames, cross stitch, origami
  • Charades
  • Computer games
  • Dancing
  • Darts
  • Designing things
  • Drama, role play, drama
  • Egg blowing
  • Exhibitions
  • Face Painting
  • Fancy dress, dressing up
  • Gym
  • Home management, housework
  • Homework – reading/ spelling
  • Egg blowing
  • Exhibitions
  • Face Painting
  • Fancy dress, dressing up
  • Gym
  • Home management, housework
  • Homework – reading/ spelling
  • Indoor cricket
  • Jump rope
  • Jig Saws / Was Jigs
  • Karaoke
  • Knitting
  • Knot tying
  • Knucklebones
  • Large jigsaws
  • Lego, meccano
  • Library
  • Make-up
  • Make Fish Hooks and Flys
  • Martial arts
  • McDonalds and KFC
  • Model making
  • Memento box
  • Movies
  • Motorbike shop
  • Museum 
  • Music – listen/ play musical instrument -  guitar drums etc.
  • Nintendo/Play station
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Picking flowers and arranging
  • Pilates
  • PlayStation
  • Pool
  • Puppet making
  • Reading aloud (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings etc.)
  • Rock climbing
  • Sewing
  • School Work
  • Shopping
  • Shooting (small bore)
  • Software development
  • Skating
  • Suitable videos (make a list of ones that are)
  • Story-telling
  • Table tennis
  • Teach Computer skills
  • Tenpin Bowling
  • Theatre
  • Videos
  • Visiting Friends/Elderly
  • Waiata, haka, cultural activity
  • Watch the rugby/ netball/ basketball or other sport on TV together
  • Woodwork, Carving, Whittling
  • Writing – Penpal/articles for newsletter/sponsor child etc.
  • Zoo

Rainy days in Nelson

1.     Libraries – take board games, crafts, play cards, do puzzles, hangman, learn a magic trick or read.
2.     Museum –Free for kids
3.     Founders Park –Free, visit the attractions or devise a scavenger hunt
4.     Swimming Pools
5.     Mini Golf – Road Hogs, Selwyn St – Wacky Wednesday $6 pp
6.     Roller Skating
7.     Suter Gallery
8.     Picnic or cook under the shelters at Tahunanui Beach or Rabbit Island.

If you have a good rain coat…

1.     Go for a walk, run through the puddles
2.     Play ‘Pooh Sticks’ off a local bridge, preferably a pedestrian one.
3.     Make streams in the dirt
4.     Slide in the mud
5.     Measure the amount of rain falling
6.     Collect worms

New Conversations

  1. Show picture of when you were young
  2. Bring a picture of a place you have been and tell them all about what it was like
  3. Play 20 questions, or I spy
  4. Plan your next activity
  5. Tell stories to each other
  6. Tell them where you come from

Building Futures through Friendship