Every day our kiwi’s like to explore…
This sensory learning experience can range from gloop to shaving foam and allows our kiwi’s to learn about tactile play whilst learning about hygiene practices. Our kiwi’s love to express their creativity through messy play and engage with others through this spontaneous play.
Music and movement
There is nothing more enjoyable than having a boogie with the kiwis! Creating music and dancing is a great way for us to express ourselves and learn more about the way we move. Singing encourages pre–literacy skills and enhances speech. When we dance we learn more about cultures and build relationships.
Painting, drawing, using dye, and making play dough we enjoy exploring all sorts of visual artistry. Creative art develops hand eye coordination and small motor skills as well as learning about colours, shapes and textures. Although some of our kiwis can’t speak yet, they are more than able to communicate through their art!
Reading and early literacy
We love reading stories together and building language through conversation. Through reading with each other there is a greater development of imaginative play and communication skills. Our kiwis have an appreciation for a range of stories and enjoy a sense of well being through hearing their favourite stories being read.
Our child initiated group times are a lovely way for our kiwi’s to get together and shares songs, stories and learn about different interests. Group time promotes healthy language development and provides opportunities for sharing which builds social confidence. It is also a great way for our young ones to develop memory and concentration skills.
Our kiwis love food! What better way to encourage healthy eating habits by creating yummy baked goods with the children. We like to bake new foods and explore new tastes. Using all their senses allows the children to learn more about their environment. Relationships grow as they cook and share with others.
Having a big outdoor area is great for our little ones to roam and explore their surroundings with the help of the older Pukeko. In this shared space we love to build sand castles, explore water play (in summer time), zoom around on the bikes, swing like monkeys, play in the garden and climb obstacle courses. These fun activities encourage an appreciation of the natural world through sensory exploration and provide an area where children gain increasing control of their bodies. Positive relationships flourish with the older children and everyone develops a sense of enjoyment in participation.
Local walks to the park
On some sunny days we are able to take a short walk to the local park. The kiwi children love to get out in to the community and experience a different environment. In the past we have enjoyed many picnics there, kicked the balls around on the luscious grass, challenged ourselves on the playground and fed the ducks! Walking to the park gives the kiwis some exercise and refines their motor skills.
Exploring the dolls, pretend cooking in the kitchen area and dressing up in different outfits is a great use of imagination and a great way to role play. Children enjoy modeling real life experiences and develop their own self help skills through their created experiences. The kiwis learn to communicate with each other to share their experiences together.
Threading materials, screwing items together, blocks, train tracks and stacking toys are just a few examples of our manipulative play activities. Our age appropriate resources challenge our kiwis thinking to refine small motor skills and hand-eye coordination. An understanding of spatial awareness is created when the objects fit together not to mention a sense of pride of the achievement!