• The tamariki spent time learning all about the life cycle of a frog this afternoon, as part of our week long focus on cycles in the natural world. We will be looking at the life cycles of fogs and monarch butterflies.
  • The tamariki were excited to find colour mixing opportunities on the deck this morning. There were the three primary colours and a chart that showed which two colours mixed together make other colours.


  • Through the book, ‘Who am I?’ the tamariki were introduced to the cycle from pupa, to tadpole, to froglet and finally frog, and what the stages look like physically. The tamariki then created their own frog puppets to sing along with the song ‘Five Green Speckled Frogs’. Te Wheke- Taha Tinana- Acknowledging the respect and reverence for living things and the natural cycles of the physical world.
  • As the tamariki played and explored with the different colours they were developing their knowledge, refining their working theories and learning about early science concepts. The tamariki were heard and seen observing, predicting, and comparing with each other about the different colours. After the colour mixing fun they then decided to enjoy the sensory experience of covering their arms, legs and face with the paint. Exploration | Mana Aoturoa: tamariki experience an environment where they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.


  • We will continue our focus, looking at the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly next.
  • I wonder what we can add to the colour-mixing tray next time to extend the learning further.