• The tamariki had lots of fun rolling, catching, kicking, dribbling, and tossing balls this morning. They created their own games and rule with the balls and happily spent time together. It was great to see them sharing their ideas and taking turns as well as developing their gross motor skills.
  • The tamariki used their creativity in the kirikiri this morning. A lot of creative imagination was put into all different kinds of baking. Our tamariki used their prior knowledge to talk about what ingredients they would need to make their food.
  • The opportunity to further develop their spatial awareness occurred as the tamariki took part in a yoga session this afternoon.


  • Playing with balls improves the children’s motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and timing, which are important parts of the developmental progression of pre-schoolers. Exploration- Children gain confidence in and control of their bodies.
  • Our kirikiri is a great place for building and making all sorts of things as well encouraging social interaction between peers. Kirikiri play is supported in the exploration strand where the importance of spontaneous play is recognised and where they learn strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning.
  • Developing knowledge about their bodies and their capabilities are a vital part of early childhood learning. Spatial awareness and gross motor confidence and skill are important components of a yoga session.


  • I wonder what other ball games we can create next time!
  • What can we make in the kirikiri next time?
  • We will continue to further develop our inner yogi’s next week!