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Welcome to The Great Indoors! 

With COVID-19 back in community transmission, we thought we should share with you the greatest hits from our ideas bank. Lovingly picked, here are the top 12 ideas for parents looking for something to do with young people at home.

We are making these ideas free to anyone to use with their young people. Scouts Aotearoa has benefitted immensely from the support of our local communities. This is a small way for us to give back to our community. 

Kia Kaha! 

"Waving through a window"

Make someone’s daily outside adventure an exciting one with your creativity

Window display

Fun Fact

Before glass, windows were commonly made of paper, cloth, animal hide, flattened pieces of animal horn, or thin slices of marble.

"Finding feathery friends"

What winged friends can you find outside your house? Reminder, aeroplanes are in fact not birds.

Bird Lookout

Fun Fact

The luckily extinct Haast eagle, was capable of killing human children and had a wingspan of 2-3 metres.

"What’s inside?"

Every day we use amazing inventions to help make our lives easier, but have you ever taken the time to look a bit closer? Time to investigate!

How does it work?

Fun Fact

The first electric toaster was invented in 1893.

"All things great and small"

We know the world is an interesting place - so let's take the opportunity to look at the biodiversity around us. Grab a note pad and pencil, and let's go on a bug hunt.

Bug Count

Fun Fact

Wētā breathe through their knees.

“A Scrumptious Meal”

Dipping your toes into the culinary world can be an exciting adventure, and is even more fun when you have a delicious meal to share with others as a result.


Fun Fact

The word “dinner” comes from the Old French word “disnar”, which in fact means “breakfast”.

“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”

Stories are even more fun when written together, just don’t expect them to stick to a plan!

Story writing

Fun Fact

Bibliosmia is the enjoyment of the smell of old books.

“Unbe-leaf-able Creativity"

The outdoor world is filled with many wonderful things - including plenty of art supplies!

Nature Art

Fun Fact

The oldest leaves in the world are thought to be over 2,000 years old.

"Trash to treasure"

Just because something has finished with its original purpose, doesn’t mean it can’t be used for something else. Find some old clothes and let’s turn them into something new!

Old Clothing Rug

Fun Fact

Any rug that is over 3.7m2 is considered a carpet.

“A pirate’s life for me”

Bring the boats inside! Your bathtub can be an ocean if you use your imagination.

Build a boat

Fun Fact

The Standard Scout Cutter was designed specifically for Sea Scouts in New Zealand, and is what most Sea Scout groups across the country sail regularly.

"Journey to the centre of the earth"

There is a whole world beneath the surface of the earth we live on. Tunnels of boxes and blankets will lead us on a great adventure.

Indoor Caving

Fun Fact

The study of caves is called speleology.


“Rediscovering Treasure”

As we search for things within our house, we will often rediscover things we had lost, like forgotten treasure.

Scavenger Hunt

Fun Fact

The most common thing people lose is the tv remote.

“A Different Perspective”

You can find some interesting things outside while on a walk, grab your camera and let's show people what you see.


Fun Fact

The term “megapixel” was first used in 1984.

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