To help put Kiwi kids’ energy to good use, the Genesis School-gen programme has partnered with Mind Lab Kids to offer kids all over New Zealand FREE access to fun interactive activities that encourage creative thinking and learning while they’re at home.

Developed by educators, kids will have access to a safe online space to create, innovate and share their creations.  It’s super easy: 

Step 1 – get started by registering kids for free on the Mind Lab Kids site (or get them to login if you’ve already registered them)

Step 2  – kids see what to do by watching a Mind Lab Kids challenge

Step 3 – next they hunt around the house for the items needed for the challenge (most can be found in the home)

Step 4 – finally, they record and upload themselves completing the challenge to the Mind Lab Kids site. 

Let the fun begin!

School Holiday Competitions

At School-gen we love to run competitions and what better time to do this than during the school holidays with our friends at Mind Lab Kids. We’ll be running two competitions, one per week, during the April, July and October school holidays. Competitions start on a Monday and finishing at 5pm on a Sunday.

It’s all about having a go, learning something new and most of all, having fun! Each week there will be one main prize and three spot prizes. Each Monday during the holidays we’ll put up details for the competition, so remember to check back to see what’s happening and what prizes are up for grabs.

Kids won’t want to miss out, so if you haven’t registered them yet, then get onto it now!

Stop Motion Challenge

Calling all kids who are budding engineers, builders and designers – this competition challenge is for you! Dig out your LEGO or other building blocks and bring your creation to life using the magic of stop-motion.

Once you’ve made your Stop Motion video, upload it on the Mind Lab Kids site here by 5pm on Sunday 25 April to be in with a chance to win a Sphero Mini Activity Kit and other cool spot prizes.

Remember, kids need to be registered on the Mind Lab Kids site before they can do the challenge so if you haven’t already, register them now.

Check out the fine print of all School-gen competitions here .

Want more Activities?


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Fun home activities

Want to have fun experimenting and making stuff? Here’s some more activities to do at home.

Online Games

Challenge yourself and your friends on  Crunch Time and avoid predators in the  Whio Boot Camp game.