School Holiday Fun

School Holiday Fun

The Gladstone News Team hope students (and parents) around the Gladstone Region have a relaxing winter break.

We’ve pulled together a couple of baking and crafting ideas that should help keep the holiday boredom blues away.

School Holiday Recipe – Chocolate Pinwheels

Enjoy this chocolate pinwheel recipe as a simple treat for your kids to create (with or without your supervision) these school holidays.

The recipe is quick, and they taste delicious, especially fresh out of the oven with a lovely cup of tea or warm milk.


  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1/4 cup Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 190C.
  2. Spread Nutella over pastry.
  3. Roll up pastry and cut into eight pieces.
  4. Place on a greased oven tray and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Once cooled, sift icing sugar over the top of pinwheels.
  7. Enjoy with a glass of warm milk.

Recipe and photo courtesy of

School HolidayCraft – Tin Can Windsocks

Supplies needed:

  • Clean recycled cans (any size will work)
  • Acrylic paintand paintbrushes
  • Glue (we prefer Elmer’s craft bond glue or a low-temp glue gun)
  • Assorted ribbons (you could also use wool, coloured paper)
  • Optional embellishments like glitter, stickers, gemstones, sequins etc.
  • Masking tape or duct tape.


  • Start by lining the inside rim of the cans with a layer or two of thick masking or duct tape to avoid sharp edges.
  • Paint the can in the colour or colours of choice.
  • After the paint is dry use glue to attach colourful ribbons to the bottom rim of the can and one to the top for hanging.
  • Decorate as desired with glitter, stickers, and gemstones.

Craft idea and photo courtesy of