Free edition an educational, fun bonus for children

As lockdown continues and schools remain closed, the Otago Daily Times is delivering a bonus.

Wednesday's paper includes a free copy of Extra!, our award-winning publication designed for classroom use.

The 16-page resource includes plenty of fun activities for younger readers, including a word find, maze and number puzzle.

Find out about the Tokyo Paralympics and enjoy our big read on news and the internet.

We also look at easily grown vegetables that we should eat for environmental as well as health reasons.

To keep children busy, there are projects using recycled paper, photos to inspire creative writing, and a link to an Otago Museum video that explains the basics of coding.

Young people will be able to test their general knowledge, their grasp of geography and their recall of sporting events in a range of quizzes -  but could find their parents have the edge in the social sciences quiz that focuses on important events in history.

Distributed by Allied Press, publisher of the Otago Daily Times, since 2005, Extra! is used by more than 140 schools across New Zealand.

Pupils from Kaitaia to Bluff also enjoy taking part in associated spelling and current events quizzes.

The educational resource is designed for pupils aged 8-14 and supplied to subscribing schools as either a printed version or a fully interactive, digital version delivered by Education Perfect.

Each issue includes a two-page feature aligned to the school curriculum, with recent topics including technology in sport, protocol on the marae, and the war on plastics.

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- By Kim Dungey, Editor, Extra!

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