Cross Country Kiwis was created by Chanelle O’Sullivan and Sarah Drummond with kids from ages 5-12 in mind. In brief, it is a New Zealand kids travel activity book.
Note from the creators
After doing our research, we realised there was nothing available like this for the New Zealand market. We did come across books from overseas which were similar but with much less detail and none that covered smaller, country towns. Often these small country towns are where great people, ideas and products have originated from.
We also love teaching our kids unusual facts and showing them places off the beaten track so this is why the book is full of ‘Did you know’, secret spots and child-friendly hikes, alongside word searches, anagrams, car games, photos of stunning locations, areas of Maori cultural significance and Maori place names as well history and brainteasers.
For us, travel, nature, local history, understanding how certain rock formations were created, or even Latin names for clouds and constellations is our way of teaching our kids that there is more to life than Netflix and iPads and reminding them that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful, unique and untouched places in the world. For them to be proud and passionate about our country, they need to know as much about it as possible. In turn, we hope it will give a strong sense of belonging and drive for what New Zealand has to offer and how we can look after it going forward. We want to instill our passion in our children and give them a childhood full of adventures, excitement and dirt without relying on technology.
Find out more about Chanelle and Sarah on their creator page.