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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Holi

To celebrate Holi, Kids to Five Vardon has a fun colour run with bright vibrant powder dyes! We listened to Indian music and watched a movie about Holi to learn more about this festival. It was an exciting way to experience other cultures!    

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“Balloons over Green”

To celebrate Balloons Over Waikato, Kids to Five Green Street held a “Balloons Over Green” evening. We filled helium balloons and tied a card to them with a child’s name and our centre’s contact details. On the note we asked the finder to return them to our centre, or make contact, so that the children […]

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Tie Dying

At Donald Duck Preschool we have invited families to share their interests with us. Ruby’s mum came to the preschool to demonstrate and involve the children in the process of “Tie Dying“. As part of the process each child brought along a shirt so they could personally see the changes the technique of tie dying made. This […]

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Underwater disco

The tamariki at ABC Panmure started showing an interest in mermaids and pirates and wanted to learn more about the ocean. The centre came together and made mermaid tails, built a ship, painted sea shells and created a water world for sea creatures. ABC Panmure also held a Mermaid and Pirate disco. Everyone came dressed […]

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Supporting Big Little Day Out

Our BestStart centres were big supporters at the Big Little Day Out in Dunedin. We provided a sausage sizzle for the 1000 visitors and it was a great opportunity to get out and meet the community. There were many activities to entertain the families such as soccer, playdough, superhero cape making and a lovely teddy […]

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New garden space

ABC Onehunga have been working hard creating their community garden. The children and teachers got busy digging and planting so they could invite family and friends to show and invite them into their new space.  

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Donations

The Hamilton SPCA gladly accepted Kids to Five Vardon’s donations of animal food and toys from our families. This experience taught the tamariki ma about manakitanga through respecting our environment, which includes animals.

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The living world

First Steps Papatoetoe created a living environment for insects. All the children took turns to add their plants and soil and it turned out great. The centre can’t wait for the insects to enjoy their new space.

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Pay it Forward

In the last half year, ABC Balclutha Central have been “paying it forward” within the community by baking goods and taking it to the hospital, 4 Square, pensioners’ flats and also gifting the Holmedene Rest Home with Christmas artwork. The teachers at the centre wanted to lead by example so they gathered unused handbags and […]

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