WINDING past iconic limestone cliffs, lighthouses, factories and lost shipwrecks, Samantha Kenna wanted to bring the Great Ocean Road to life for her children on holidays.
An idea struck the Warrnambool mother and Port Fairy primary school teacher to pour her passion for creating activities into a fun-filled book that sees the road through young people's eyes.
"Originally I was creating resources for friends, quite a few were travelling and they wanted activities for their little ones to do on the road. That's how I got into it," Ms Kenna, a mother of three, said.
"I always packed activity books when we go on holidays. You're always out and about with little ones, sometimes you need a little bit of peace. It gives time that is screen-free."
The ideas kept coming and the result was The Great Ocean Road Activity Book.
It includes a project to make a milkshake referencing Allansford's "world's best" milkshakes, a maze and boat making exercise linking to historic shipwrecks, and a flag activity referring to signals at the Split Point Lighthouse.
"It's educational without the children even knowing it in all the different areas, there's maths, there's English, there's activities for older kids and activities for younger children," Ms Kenna said.
"There's also activities that encourage families to come together. I've made a little board game at the end."
Ms Kenna teaches at St Patrick's Parish Primary School and said creating activities was one reason she chose the career.
"I've been working for a long time and I still love it. I love making activities that engage children and make them want to learn more," she said.
The book launched this month and is sold at Warrnambool's Collins Booksellers and the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre, as well as plans for other sites on the Great Ocean Road.
More information is online.
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