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The potatoes for some Christmas dinners may have come from Kidsfirst Hoon Hay. The rumour is that they're even tastier when you've grown them yourself - but we'd have to ask some of the children about that.
The idea for the children to plant seed potatoes in buckets came from teacher Tim Eden-Calcott - who has recently caught the gardening bug.
So the children got planning, wrote a shopping list, and the kindy team and children boarded a bus to Mitre 10 Mega in Hornby to purchase the buckets and seed potatoes.
A load of soil was delivered by Head Teacher Abina Loader's husband by dump truck; each child then drilled holes in the bottom of their own bucket and planted their seed potato in it with just enough soil to cover the potato.
As the green shoots appeared the children were responsible for topping up the soil and watering their plant.
"The exercise has been very experimental for the teachers," Abina says.
"Hopefully they all have grown well and families got to enjoy potatoes for Christmas! Getting children involved in the planning stage gave them the responsibility for the project from the start, and then it was their responsibility to look after their potatoes."
Sometimes it's not just about the community giving to the kindergarten, but the kindergarten giving back to those we're involved with, even in little ways, like a bucketful of new potatoes for Christmas dinner.
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.
The families of Kidsfirst Hoon Hay may have eaten kindy-grown potatoes at Christmas dinner.
The kindy experimented with each child growing their own bucket potatoes, as a way of encouraging responsibility, learning, and giving back to the community.