Isolation entertainment

We know isolation can be a challenge for you and your families. That's why the UFBA staff are helping you with our list of top things to do to entertain the kids (and yourselves of course). Thanks to Stephen from NZ Firefighters Welfare Society for the inspiration.

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It's Easter - you haven't been able to get the kids some Easter eggs. Fear not! Try this:

Painted rocks - paint some rocks with acrylic paint (or chalk at a push)

Rock egg hunt - take your painted rocks and hide these around your home and garden under plants, pots and furniture for a different kind of Easter egg hunt.

Scavenger hunt - Easter Bunny has tasked your kids with needing to find a list of items to help him (or her) create treats for children. In your home and garden, hide or bury these items from Easter Bunny's craft kit: Scissors, felt tips, pencil sharpener, glue, folded card, ribbon and whatever lollies you might have around the home. Use your imagination.

Take an online tour (and maybe plan a real-life bucket list) - See here

MAKE THINGS - Check here for practical projects - some complex and some super easy for all ages. - Ok so we're past the first week. Start from whichever point you fancy, or your lego selection allows.

Hirameki - super simple and fun - just draw what you see! Either by yourself or with another, paint some random blobs and swap sheets. Then search the blobs for characters, shapes and figures. Here's one knocked up by our own MarComms Manager Nick (we're not sure what Sigmund Freud would make of these). Works just as well with pictures of clouds. Here's another explanation for you on YouTube



The larder is looking bare, you're avoiding that supermarket run one more day. What do you do? We asked our staff to share their top lockdown easy-to-do recipes.

Nick's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: Three ingredients: 200g peanut butter (Fix N Fogs with raisins works soooo well), 175g caster sugar, 1 egg. Oven to 180c. Combine all ingredients, roll, flatten, cook for 10-12 minutes until golden. Soooo easy.

Lisa’s Spicy Pumpkin and Kumara Soup


  1. Dice Onion
  2. Fry with curry and chilli to release aromas
  3. Add garlic
  4. Salt/Pepper
  5. Add pumpkin/kumera let cook for 5 mins
  6. Then add water and stock
  7. Add tomato

Let simmer on low heat all day, check when veges are soft, use a potato masher or blitzer.  Test for flavor if lacking a little add more chilli or curry powder. Serve with crusty bread and butter, top with sour cream and chives chopped up for aesthetics. (If you can wait one day it deepens the flavours, freezes well)

Megan L's Lemonade Scones

  1. Preheat oven to 220c.
  2. Mix all ingredients starting with the flour, to form a soft dough
  3. dust lightly and roll into a rectangle.
  4. Cut into approximately 12 pieces and place onto baking tray.
  5. Cook for 10-12 minutes until golden.

Julia's Easy Bircher Muesli

This is my kid’s absolute favourite breakfast which fills their tummies until lunch. 

Put oats, apple juice, coconut and blueberries in a container, soak overnight in fridge.  When ready to serve in the morning, add 3T of soaked oat mix to 2T yoghurt and grated apple. 

You can change the ingredients according to what you have in the pantry; honey, tinned fruit, nuts, any fresh fruit.

Megan D's crustless quiche (thingume)

In a bowl with a tight fitting lid e.g. Tupperware, chuck the following:

  1. Shake it all up in the bowl (don't forget to put lid on - seriously) until its all mixed.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured baking dish about 23cm across.
  3. Bake at 180oC for 45 min or until firm. Serve hot. 
  4. Best if left 5mins to set before eating. Great with BBQ meat, or just on its own with bread and salad

LEARN THINGS - with resources for all ages at Primary and Secondary (British curriculum but still good learnings).

EXERCISE - PE with Joe. Easy, active fun on YouTube. - If you've not already started the Bear Hunt in your area then where have you been all... er... 10 days?! Fun for all ages. Yes, even adults really do enjoy looking for bears in the window of neighbours homes. Again from a safe and respectable distance.


Even during lockdown you;re allowed around you immediate neighbourhood for fresh air and walks (at a safe distance to others). We live in a beautiful country - let's share our views with each other on our Facebook page. Below we have Nick's views of Matiu Sommes, and surrounding hills, ANgela's garden visitors and Megan L's view of Mana island and Plimmerton.

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