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June 28, 2021

“I’m bored!” “There’s nothing to do.” “Can’t I just play the (insert computer game/games console here) some more?”

Children, for any one of a myriad of reasons, occasionally lack the inspiration and imagination to embark on an active play adventure. If we think back honestly we will realise that we too sometimes lacked the motivation for active play when we were young, and although the distraction of technology may be greater now, sometimes all it takes is a little nudge. 


If the kids are short of ideas or inspiration of what or how to play, then this is a good opportunity for you to teach them some of the games that you yourself used to play: maybe you were the master of your own brand of one-on-none footy; maybe you rocked the elastic with your friends, or; maybe you had all the moves with your half-a-tennis-ball pop ball.

But if you yourself are fresh out of ideas, the Ministry Of Education, Te Tåhuhu O Te Måtauranga, has some great resources.


Almost anywhere can be a space for active fun. First off there’s the backyard (aka the jungle, the stadium, the court, the pitch, the stage, the course…). Then there’s nearby parks, reserves, beaches and ovals to explore and enjoy – new places are great for creating exciting adventures.

If it’s bleak outside, there’s always room for play inside the house in a rumpus room, lounge room, hallway or bedroom (provided any breakables are tucked safely away from the action). Many of the ideas in the Ministry of Education resources can be adapted to suit whatever space may be available.