• The Brain Box proved a great mental and fine motor challenge this morning for some of the older tamariki, as they added and adjusted circuit parts to enable the connecting light bulbs to shine.
  • The tamariki were actively exploring on the deck this morning, leading their own play and choosing their own tools and materials to direct where their play would lead to next.


  • This activity required the children to think logically and mathematically, as well as utilise their fine motor manipulation, hand/eye coordination and agility. In order to correctly connect all circuit parts to make a winning combination, all of the above skills needed to be present. It was so exciting to observe the perseverance and celebration amongst the older tamariki working on this activity. Exploration/Mana Aoturoa- Children develop the knowledge that trying things out, exploration, and curiosity are important and valued ways of learning.
  • It started with shaving foam messy play, next the tamariki decided to mix water, buckets, brushes, sponges, and shells to this interesting play. They were scooping, pouring, scrubbing, washing and transporting around the deck. It was great to observe them focussed on what they were doing and learning more about the world around them. Mana aotūroa: children see themselves as explorers, able to connect with and care for their own and wider worlds.


  • Ka pai on the perseverance and skill e hoa!
  • I wonder what interesting material we can set up on the deck next time to spark imagination.