|Let’s hear it for Kidsfirst Cotswold who scooped first prize in this years Little Petals competition with an amazing floral creation using recycled materials.|
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Kidsfirst Cotswold tamariki took recycling and upcycling to a lovely new level with their three colour popping competition entries. Their winning creation was an intricate floral wreath made with egg cartons.
Six weeks of creative endeavor paid off for tamariki who bagged some cool prizes for their Little Petals win – including a fun day at Chipmunks Playland, a stack of new stationery and a digital camera to take more fantastic kindy snaps.
Head Teacher at Kidsfirst Cotswold, Kathy Harford, was amazed by how hospitable Eco Shop were during their visit to see all the Little Petals entries on display, “I think they were gobsmacked by how many children and parents piled off the red double decker bus we had hired to get there.”
The lovely staff popped out picnic rugs to sit on and tamariki were invited to pick out a teddy (from every type that ever there was) to share in their picnic.
Kidsfirst Lincoln took out second place with a beautiful, bold recycled papier mache bloom, complete with flower bed of tin cans.
While there the Kidsfirst Cotswold team also picked up some toanga - a pre-loved bench seat and some old plates and cooking utensils - with a creative eye toward breathing new life into them back at kindergarten.
“We’re thinking a tapestry mosaic of broken plates to brighten up the bench seat and a giant utensil flower for the mud kitchen will add to our collection of pre-loved treasures already at kindergarten,” says Kathy.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.