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Visiting Taupo Museum

Recently a group of tamariki from First Steps Abacus went to the Taupo Museum to experience the Mirror Exhibit. They had a great time with the interactive displays, looking at themselves and their friends change size and shape. There were about 15 different mirrors that required a different form of interaction. After our time in this […]

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Matariki Dinner

What a great success our Matariki Pot Luck Dinner was! The children participated in rock painting, lantern making, flax weaving and listening to stories, before tucking in to a variety of delicious kai. Then we went outside for the long awaited roasting of marshmallows. Matariki is the Maori New Year and a time to spend […]

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Visiting Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

First Steps Abacus had a great time with a small group of Tamariki visiting the Waipahihi Botanical Gardens this morning. Luckily the rain held off and we were able to explore for a long time. We kept our eyes peeled and found some hidden Taupo rocks and even a treasure chest. We are going to […]

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Preparing For Matariki

In preparation for our Matariki Evening, some of the Kaiako and Tamariki from First Steps Abacus went for a walk across the road to harvest some harakeke (flax) for a weaving table. We said a karakia to bless it before ensuring we cut the outside pieces only. The children really enjoyed identifying which plants were […]

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Visiting the tyre shop

First Steps Abacus recently went for a visit to Taupo Discount Tyres with a group of eight children. We learnt a lot about how to change a tyre, the different names for specific tools and that you can get really dirty hands from working with tyres. The children were all very well behaved and listened […]

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Visiting the Pump Track

Children and teachers from First Steps Abacus and Cath from Bike Taupo rode to the Pump Track at Spa Park recently. We had a great time going over the humps and bumps, practising our speed, balance and listening skills. Most of the four year olds mastered it very quickly.

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Visit from St John

St John Ambulance visited First Steps Abacus! Sarah, the paramedic, showed us her special first aid kit. She also showed us what an oxygen mask looks like. We smelt the oxygen and it tickled our noses. Then Sarah read us a story about how to call an ambulance when somebody is hurt. We all had […]

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Making Salt Dough Decorations

This week  at First Steps Abacus, we have really been getting into the Christmas spirit, creating lots of festive things to take home or to decorate our centre with. Our teachers decided to do an old favourite that they used to do back at Playcentre……making Salt dough decorations!! We gathered all the ingredients; flour, water and […]

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Blue Day

Blue Day was so much fun and a great way for First Steps Abacus to fundraise for Prostate Cancer. Thanks to Hayley for organising it and to all those that donated. We had Hellene from Plunket come in to do face painting as a treat for our tamariki. Lots of children and staff supported the […]

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