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 Nothing says 'Spring' like the smell of fresh cut grass, new leaves tingeing bare winter branches in shades of vibrant green, newborn lambs and outdoor picnics! 

 

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What better way to celebrate a lovely, sunny, spring day than with a Teddy Bears' picnic?

 

Making the most of their wonderful adjacent Wycola Park, was the Kidsfirst Hei Hei community who ended last term with a Teddy Bears' picnic.

 

Teacher, Ngam Brown brought in a newborn lamb for the children to feed and look after. Children were really receptive to having the lamb to care for and many of them expressed their interest through art.

 

 

 

To link this to the children’s learning of manakitanga and kaitiakitanga, each child brought along their favourite toy to kindergarten to look after at the picnic .

 

“We had a great day,” says Teacher, Nicki Maritz, “with pikelets and honey sandwiches - delicious!”

 

Tamariki enjoyed the warm sun while lounging on red and white striped blankets. As well, there was both adventure and activities - jumping bag races, hurdles, hula hoops, throwing balls and rainbow parachute games.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes a kindergarten teddy bears picnic is an indoors affair.

 

When Kidsfirst Cotswold kindergarten scooped first prize in this years Little Petals recycled art competition they took a visit to the Eco Shop to see all of the competition creations on display.

 

Head Teacher, Kathy Harford, says a highlight was when the lovely Eco Shop staff popped out picnic rugs and tamariki were invited to pick out a teddy (from every type that ever there was) to play with and share in their picnic.

 

Of course, Teddy Bears' picnics are something of a tradition for kindergartens and as old as our association itself. It never seems to go out of style.

 

Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North and Kidsfirst Vickery Street (who regularly go on outings together) headed to the Teddy bears Picnic at the Kaipoi Domain last autumn.

 

It opened with a teddy bear hunt, before the children nestled among the historic trees to enjoy home made teddy bear treats.

 

“We have so many fantastic parks and reserves and to explore,” says Head Teacher at Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North, Ally Exton.

 

“Being out and about and amongst the community provides great learning opportunities and a teddy bears picnic is a fun way to get children out into nature.”

 

 

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