Our celebration of Matariki-The Maori New Year has begun. The tamariki enjoyed learning the names of the nine stars of Matariki and were particularly excited to hear that one of the stars is named Pohutukawa!
The tamariki enjoyed the sensory experience with bird seed and oats on the deck this morning. They used their hands to feel it and the little cups and spoons to scoop and pour. They spent a long period of time playing with this.
The tamariki have started created some beautiful Matariki star artwork, ready to adorn the walls at kindy for the upcoming disco. The children cut and coloured hanging whetu, as well as drawing their own unique interpretations of the Matariki night sky. Exploration/Mana Aoturoa- Children develop familiarity with stories from different cultures about the living world, including myths and legends and working theories about Planet earth and beyond.
It was a calming and soothing experience. Sensory experiences provide tamariki with many benefits including building nerve connections in the brain, encouraging the development of motor skills, language skills and problem-solving skills. The tamariki were also learning how to share the space and the amount of bird seed they were able to use at one time. Exploration: tamariki develop the confidence to choose and experiment with materials, to play around with ideas and to explore actively with all the senses.
The tamariki are excited to show off the Matariki whetu art at the disco!
Maybe next time we could make some wet messy play, possibly using the soap flakes.