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Monday at Ellerslie

Monday at Ellerslie

The tamariki were excited to find our scientific exploration table this morning. It was an activity that needed a bit of practice to grasp the way the eye droppers work. They were refining their fine motor skills as they pinched the top of the eye dropper to fill it up with the vinegar mixture, to then pinching it again to squirt the mixture onto the baking soda.

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Tuesday at Ellerslie

Tuesday at Ellerslie

The tamariki explored and experimented with the properties of sand and water in the sandpit this morning. The mixture of the two materials was a particular focus of learning and creating.

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Wednesday at Ellerslie

Wednesday at Ellerslie

The tamariki enjoyed using trucks as a tool to paint with this morning. They were excited to see the different patterns and marks the wheels left behind. They moved the trucks in different directions to create detailed paintings.

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Monday at Glendowie

Monday at Glendowie

They set up the tea table with some flowers, cutlery and food (special variations of sand to suit the occasion). Katie delegated her friends very professionally and encouraged them to join in on the party preparations. “We need to make invites for all our friends” said Katie to which both girls agreed. What will be the next step in party planning I wonder?

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Tuesday at Glendowie

Tuesday at Glendowie

Sasha and Chloe sat at a table out on the deck and began preparing for a special occasion. “We have some flowers for our tea party” said Sasha as she pointed to some roses. They both placed some plates, cups (with sand) and bottle tops on the tablecloth and began arranging them. “We are having fluffy’s and muffins” said Chloe, who pointed to her cup and bottle top on a plate (muffin). Sasha agreed and held up her teacup “yes, we love fluffy’s!”

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Wednesday at Glendowie

Wednesday at Glendowie

Chloe, Georgia, and Aaron were quick to investigate the spouting offcuts that were leaning in the deck this morning. With a basket full of cars near by, they began sending the cars from the top to the bottom of the spouting, as they figured out which cars could fit inside the various sized tunnels. “I can make them go fast through the tunnels!” explained Aaron. “Shooting fast to the end!” Chloe said with a smile.

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Thursday at Glendowie

Thursday at Glendowie

Carefully and quietly he guided the tamariki to the tree and they all peered in inquisitively, waiting for the creature to move. “I CAN SEE IT!!” screamed Adelaide excitedly. Our tamariki curiously watched the insect moving around and then decided to hunt for other creatures in the playground. “Let’s look for spiders” “and flies, and butterflies” many chimed in as they explored the outdoor environment.

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Friday at Glendowie

Friday at Glendowie

Our tamariki built a volcano in the sand with a hole in the top and a tunnel that joined at the bottom. The tamariki gathered around and watched as paper was careful put inside and lit with a lighter. Many squealed with excitement as they safely watched the flames flash in the top of the volcano. Tamariki also had the opportunity to make bright red lava flow out of the volcano top, as they had turns adding red vinegar to baking soda in the crater.

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