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21 Princes Street, Kensington, Whangarei, New Zealand

Phone: 09 437 2742

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

The trees are a hit!

We watched with anticipation as children, parents and Whanau arrived at Kindergarten the morning after the trees arrived. Most of the children were eager to quickly explore the trees, running their hands over the bark and the rings, hunting for bugs, smelling the freshly cut wood, climbing up the stumps, balancing on the top and then jumping off.

Emma uses the muscles in her arms and legs to really pull herself up - a new challenge.

Well done Emma, you did it. What a sense of accomplishment!

Time to jump off - what great risk-taking Emma.

There have been plenty of opportunities to learn with, from and alongside others in the children's discoveries and investigations.

When children play in natural environments, their play is more diverse with imaginative and creative play that fosters language and collaborative skills (Moore & Wong 1997, Taylor, et al. 1998, Fjortoft 2000).

"I'm taller than you, when I'm up here" (Fergus to Christine)
"I don't want to jump off, actually I do want to jump off. 1,2,3......jump" (Grace)
"This is my tallest day ever" (Harrison)
"Are they all one tree? Did they cut it?" (Heidi)
"Look, there's a worm on the tree. I can see a worm" (Brendon)
"This is my big horse" (Sheridan, lying down on the Kahikatea stump)
"I'm a transformer, go engine go" (Jeremy)

"It just looks stunning, it's so beautiful when you walk into Kindergarten" (Angela)

What does everyone else think of our trees, let us know by adding your comments.......and don't be shy - we love to know your opinions.



Molly said...

Wow! that looks so fun, I wish I could come and play too!

Rebekah said...

Great blog Christine! It looks like you guys are having a fun time on the tree stumps. Love to hear more about what you guys do at kindy!

Mia Locks said...

Lindo blog Christine !! É realmente inspirador para quem trabalha com crianças. Bjis