Nothing says the arrival of spring like the exquisite puff pink hues of a cherry blossom tree...
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It must be spring. Blossom blooms at Kidsfirst Lincoln kindergarten.
Kidsfirst Lincoln look forward to the new season and the blossoming of their beautiful cherry tree. One of the things they love to do the most is lie on the ground under the blooms to look up and listen to the busy yellow bees buzzing overhead.
Rangiora’s Kidsfirst Bush Street have a cherry blossom tree that blooms beside the vegetable garden, and two planted each side of the sandpit. Children love to play under the mass of pink flowers and pick the delicate sticks popping with blossom to bring a pretty piece of the new season inside.
Kidsfirst Hawthornden kindergarten - a tree for all seasons.
It's four seasons of cherry tree love at Kidsfirst Hawthornden. In summer the tree provides shade with cool spaces for learning and brilliant leaf battles come autumn. There's the interesting, stark shapes of bare branches over the winter followed by 'snow' blossom falling in the spring when Tawhirimatea takes a deep breath and the wind blows.
Kidsfirst Northcote love the impact of their cherry blossom in bloom. It enhances the whole look of the kindergarten beautifully and the children are always quick to notice as the first clusters of pink buds burst open in the spring sunshine.
The cherry blossom in Kidsfirst Wakatipu's back yard is heaving with buds about to pop come spring. Over the winter months children like to watch the friendly bellbird and tui that visit to drink from the sweet water dispenser hanging in the branches.
Every spring Kidsfirst Hargest Crescent look forward to their lovely specimen bursting into flower. This cherry blossom tree took centre stage during centenary celebrations - festooned with 100 colourful ribbons tied to its blossoming branches.
Kidsfirst Hargest Crescent blossom tree centenary celebrations.
Flowering blossom trees are celebrated the world over, but none more so than in Japan.
Did you know that Japan has ‘100 top spots’ to revere the arrival of exquisite blossom (sukura) - the richly symbolic national flower and an integral part of Japanese culture. Every spring ‘Hanami’ festivals celebrate the cheerful beauty of its blooms.
Japanese people pay close attention to the weather forecasts to track the sakura zensen (cherry blossom front). As the warmer weather approaches people meet with family and friends at parks, shrines, and temples to hold flower-viewing parties and to relax and picnic.
Here in the South Island with the same temperate climate as Japan, we are also lucky to have cherry blossom trees abound. A drive through Central Otago during the spring months sees the pretty pink and white blooms of many fruit trees dotting the landscape.
While in Canterbury a top spot to take in some cherry blossom viewing is the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Meander riverside in August and September and it's singing spring. A bright yellow carpet of daffodils, a swath of blossom trees and fluffy wee ducklings bobbing in the Avon/Ōtākaro river.
Spring really does bring a new appreciation of the beauty of nature. And as each of our seventy-one spacious Canterbury, Westland or Central Otago kindergarten gardens burst back to life, it’s a great opportunity to teach the children about this fresh, new season.
How will you celebrate the new spring season at your Kidsfirst kindergarten or early learning centre?
Beautiful cherry blossom trees in bloom are celebrated in spring festivals the world over. With the change of season many kindergarten's can't wait to see the pop of soft pink blossom on their trees too.
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