• An opportunity to draw from still life observation allowed the tamariki to utilise and further develop their fine motor pencil grip and drawing skills, as well hone in on their observational skills and focus.
  • Today the tamariki wanted to make a volcano in the sandpit, they worked hard to make it big and then were eager to watch it erupt with lava.


  • It was great to observe the tamariki really focussing on the vase of lavender before them, acknowledging the separate stems, the colour and shape of the flowers and the multitude of tiny leaves…this was interpreted uniquely in each of the children’s still life drawings. Communication/Mana Reo- Children develop skills with media that can be used for representing information, such as crayons and pencils.
  • The tamariki were fascinated by the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar and enjoyed observing it roll down the sides of it. The most fun is always at the end, stomping and squashing the volcano, with so much laughter during the process. Tamariki experience an environment where they gain confidence in and control of their own bodies, including active exploration with all the senses and the use of tools, materials and equipment to extend skills and knowledge.


  • The tamariki at Pohutukawa kindy are given regular opportunities to discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive.
  • I wonder if this will spark more volcano interest next week.