• The opportunity to role play and redefine existing working theories was enjoyed as the tamariki immersed themselves in an ocean experience.
  • The children derived enormous benefits from yoga today and they amazingly followed all the yoga poses. It was such a fantastic opportunity to enhance their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness.
  • From being babies learning to walk to their first experience climbing, children naturally want to pull themselves up, climb and explore their surroundings. The children were developing their gross-motor skills and improving their dexterity this morning as they enjoyed trying out different places to practice their climbing.


  • It was great to see the tamariki labelling and classifying the sea creatures that they knew, as well as experimenting and exploring with the natural resources/rocks and sea shells. The opportunity to add the te reo terms for some of the sea creatures presented itself also, and it was great to hear the tamariki trying out the new words- Te Tiriti- Principle 3/Protection.
  • Yoga promotes physical strength because our children learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping them become aware of their body and how it efficiently functions. Te Wheke, Hinengaro- Hinengaro involves the higher mind. It concerns bringing the left, logical, analytical side of the brain together with the right, intuitive, creative side of the brain. Sustaining our Hinengaro is about encouraging a balance.
  • As children climb it helps to develop their fine-motor skills, including dexterity, grip and grasp. These skills can be transferred inside- as they draw and learn to write they will find it much easier to hold a pencil. Exploration: Children experience an environment where they gain confidence in and control of their bodies.


  • Our philosophy at Pohutukawa has Respect at its heart- thus it was great to see the tamariki practicing respectful play and interest with regard to the ocean experience.
  • We will continue to support their interest in yoga at kindy.
  • Children need access to climbing equipment to cater for their instinct to climb and take risks. I wonder where they might choose to climb next time.