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Upper Hutt Leader : October 5th 2011
22 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 5, 2011 AOTEAROA AD FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN Discover New Zealand these October school holidays at Westfield Quee Explore our culture, learn about Maori traditions and join in the FREE act Find out why it's cool to be a kiwi kid and have heaps of holiday fun. Visit westfield.co.nz/queensgate for more details. KAPA HAKA DEMONSTRATIONS An amazing singing, dancing and poi performance. Experience the culture and join in the fun! TUE 11 & THU 13 OCTOBER 1pm FLAX WEAVIN Have a go at the traditional Ma flax weaving. Make a cool crea you can take home. MON10,WED12&FRI14 10am-2pm JANDAL PAINTING Turn New Zealand's favourite footwear into a piece of art We'll give you a jandal to MON 10, WED 12 & FRI 14 OCTOBER 10am-2pm nsgate. nsgate. tivities. tivities. FACE PAINTING FACE PAINTING Get your favourite country's flag painted on your face by our expert artists. TUE 11 & THU 13 OCTOBER 10am-2pm 10am-2pm NG NG aori art of ation that E OCTOBER WES/1726/QG MR FUNG NZ'S LOUDEST MIME ME Check out this high-energy com d MON 17 -- FRI 21 OCTOBER 1pm a piece of art. We ll give you a jandal to paint and hang on your wall.* *Whi cks l t. *While stocks last. s high energy show. See some impre essive tricks and join in the fu un. comedy juggling westfield.co.nz/queensgate School Holiday Advertising Feature Activities Growing little green fingers Sand saucers: A fun and easy activity. GIVEAWAY: Kids' Gardening Pack -- value $45. Send name, address and daytime phone on an envelope to Kids' Gardening Pack competition, Upper Hutt Leader, P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt 5140, drop in to corner Pine Ave and Queen St or email editor@ uhleader.co.nz by noon Friday, October 14. It does not matter what you start kids with, it could be as small as a cherry tomato in a pot through to them making a scarecrow for their own vege patch. They key is to encourage and share the experience with them. Ten top tips for kids. 1 Berry patch -- kids love strawberries and they are very easy to grow. Choose a position in full sun, and plant into Straw- berry potting mix. You can even plant the berries straight into the bag, keep moist and watch the crop appear, then disappear into the mouths of the little ones. 2 Pot project -- ask the kids to decorate a pot and choose a plant of their choice they want to grow. The butterfly bush is a neat one to try, it shows the life cycle of the butterfly from the caterpillars eat- ing the leaves to its cocoon stage and then to hatching. 3 Pumpkins -- are a fun project which can be trained along a fence or allowed to to ramble over an empty area. As the pumpkins start to form carve a name or pic- ture on the pumpkin skin. Hold a family competition for the biggest, smallest, ugliest or even funniest looking pumpkins. 4 Scarecrow -- make one using old colourful clothing, decorate the head with buttons, a hat and old sunglasses and place in the gar- den to keep the birds away. 5 Sunflowers -- are quick and easy summer flowers to grow. Simply sow seeds directly into the soil in a sunny spot. Young plants will appear in a week or two. 6 Bug watch -- offer rewards for the capture of bad bugs such as slugs, snails and white butterflies. Choose slug baits that are not toxic like Quash, to lay around plants. They keep kids, the plants and your animals safe. Help kids discover new garden friends such as ladybirds and bumble bees. 7Water --kidsloveitanditis the back bone of a garden. Explain how important water is to the gar- den and help them make water- capturing systems with buckets or bottles to save rain water or to contain used bath water for the garden. Show them by using Saturaid water crystals how the soil will not dry out as quickly. 8 Flowers -- appeal to kids. Choose brightly coloured types and plant. Pick bunches for the table, for a friend -- even the teacher. Sand saucers are a fun and easy activity. Simply fill a saucer with moist sand, choose small types of flowers and arrange. 9 Gardening tool kit -- fit them out with their own gloves, small tools and wheelbarrows, so they do not need to steal yours. Choose brightly coloured ones in case they get left behind a bush or in the sandpit somewhere. Include a copy of the renowned Tui NZ Kids' Garden Book, it is the perfect resource to start the kids off (and maybe teach you a thing or two). 10 Cash crops -- pocket money is always in demand, if space is available, dedicate an area of the garden for a crop kids can grow to sell such as corn. Whatever they choose to do, choose a project, make it fun and all about the journey into the joy- ous world of nature.
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