|It's all about team effort at kindergarten so when there’s a job to do, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and work together to get the job done...|
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Inspired by the hardy, rural flavour of their region Kidsfirst Maniototo children dropped everything they were doing and got stuck in to complete this task at hand - spreading stones and gravel around the swamped kindergarten playground area - in half an hour flat!
With much higher rainfall than usual in the last month, things had gotten pretty soggy and made part of the outdoor area inaccessible. But thanks to local transport company McLarens (who delivered a huge bucket of stones over the kindergarten fence free of charge), and the speedy work of the kids, this fun play zone was soon back in action.
“The children worked together tirelessly to spread the stones around the mud pit area and amongst the floating bark,” says Teacher, Renee Weir. “They were all so helpful and involved, loved the sensory experience and demonstrated excellent problem solving skills, perseverance, collaboration and teamwork - all whilst having fun!”
“The work ethic of children from rural areas is obvious when a job like this arises and it made us think as teachers about other ways that we can offer such meaningful and engaging opportunities at kindergarten,” adds Renee.
Meanwhile, wee fella Hugo was inspired by what he’d seen his Dad and Grandpa Allen get up to on the farm. Many children bring home or life experiences and ideas to their kindergarten play. Today’s job at hand in the sandpit was to build a 'centre pivot irrigator' just like what many children can see popping up on the regions farms, in preparation for the dry summer Maniototo months to come.
Hugo had many wonderful ideas to ensure he built his irrigator exactly right and it wasn’t long before he had a large group of children interested in what he was doing and keen to lend a hand.
Together they stabalised pipes upright and insured thay they were sturdy in the sand, attached crossbars with tape and positioned tyres where the wheels would go. With the water pivot now successfully sorted, it was onto building the pump shed - a cardboard box complete with a crayon drawn control panel on the inside.
“This particular child, along with the others who joined him have real 'southern man' character about them,” says Renee, “the language used in play is the same as Dad and Grandad use on the farm - not always desirable but very authentic!”
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