|Part of being a sustainable organisation is teaching children the importance of looking after the environment now - for the future. It's something that inspires our teachers to think about recycling and 'thinking green'.|
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Helping to encourage and reinforce the many positive ways we can conserve the beautiful world we live in are Head Teacher Kathy Harford and the team at Kidsfirst Cotswold Ave.
On a tour of the kindy garden Kathy introduces their chickens and says, “we use their eggs to make our special morning tea muffins.” And berries from the garden when they're in season too!
She also points out a boot hanging off the treetrunk, repurposed as an outdoor bird feeder, “one of our kindy grandads has an artificial leg, so he gifted us his other boot.”
Tamariki took their recycling and upcycling to a lovely new level with an intricate floral wreath made from egg cartons that scooped Kidsfirst Cotswold Ave first prize in the Eco Shop ‘Little Petals’ competition.
On a visit to the Eco Shop recycling depot to view all the other entries they 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 Lincoln took out ‘Little Petals’ second place with their beautiful, bold recycled papier mache bloom, and flower bed of tin cans.
You can read more about the 'Little Petals' projects here.
Finding new ways to use pre-loved items in the spirit of sustainability is a big part of the kindergarten philosophy along with inspired ways to learn about looking after our earths natural resources.
Everywhere you look at Kidsfirst Cotswold Ave you can see items repurposed - whether as a planter, a mud kitchen or a boot rack.
Great work on helping inspire our youngest learners in thinking about our environment and what they can reuse in innovative new ways.
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.