Last week, our kinders joined in the school assembly to remember those who were hurt in the sad events of Christchurch, New Zealand. We lifted a special prayer and had a minute of silence.
Later in the week, the kinders undertook their first lockdown drill. The children were in our lockdown space (storeroom) in under 2minutes! Excellent effort! Our little friend Zara said “this is just like hide and go seek.” We are proud of the positive response we received from our kids.
Autumn has arrived and the cool weather with it! We are making the most of the outdoors by taking the indoors out. Children bask in the sun on a picnic blanket and cushion as they read a book. Some love to be read to, whilst others prefer to draw, play blocks or do our usual outdoor activities like sand pit play, bike riding, soccer, gardening or playing a game of tag or hide and go seek.
IDEAS FOR PARENTS: EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS
Nature play is a term used to describe the creation of simple play opportunities in the natural environment.
Nature play encourages kids and parents to see the natural environment as a place to enjoy, play, imagine, relax and explore.
Getting your kids involved in Nature Play doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, it can be as simple as a
visit to the local park where the kids can roam free, going for a bushwalk, planting bee friendly plants in your garden, or exploring a local water way.
Nature Play is getting outside and enjoying time together. Encourage your family to commit to one outdoor activity each week, use Nature Play week as a start to a long term routine.
Nature Play Week April 17 -28.
Go to https://natureplayweek.org.au/
5 Minute Moves: short simple activities to get some active minutes in the day.
Need: Small pieces of paper with different landmarks or locations written on them.
How to Play
This game is best played outdoors, in an open area with different landmarks or locations that kids can run to.
On small pieces of paper write down the names of different landmarks in the vicinity, i.e., the fence, goal post, a tree, swing…
Put the pieces of paper in a small bag, such as a brown paper bag
One child pulls out a piece of paper and reads the location. Then they all have to run to that location.
Once everyone reaches the destination, a different child pulls out another piece of paper.