• Printing with ink, stencil templates and rollers was on offer this morning as a visual art experience. This is a process type of art that required steps and tools to make a print. Jinix created many prints moving through the step-by-step process. Freya, Ellis, Ella and Margaux also explored the process of making prints with green and red ink. They made bug and leaf prints. Some practiced writing their names on their prints. Margaux asked Ella to write her name Ella said, “I don’t know how to write Margaux so I will write numbers”.
  • Today whilst outside, Freya picked up a half-eaten apple. “It’s rotten,” she said. Kate suggested she feed the balance to our worms and asked if she knew where they were? Freya did not know but her friend Olivia did. Olivia led the way to the worm farm and opened the lid. Freya and Olivia spent some time looking at the worms, slugs and spiders. “What are they doing?”; “What’s that?”


  • This style of printing involves concentration, following instructions and remembering the process in order. From this experience they have explored cause and effect as they practiced the process to make a print. They explored the process working out which side to put the ink on, how hard to press with the roller and the order of the process. They communicated with each other and the kaiako about the process, taking turns and what the prints were of. They were very focused as they worked on their prints and seemed to enjoy giving something new ago.
  • The young tamariki are showing an interest and fascination in their natural world. Showing aroha and respect to Papatuanuku| having a connection to others and the environment are highlighted in Te Whariki Strand Belonging | Mana Whenua. Being kaitiakitanga |guardians of our environments (people places and things) forms part of our Kindy Treaty. They are understanding that they can play a role in looking after our environment.


  • We will continue to offer visual art printing opportunities to be creative. Maybe next time you would like to print a different object, or we have a new printing tool called screen printing, that we could explore.
  • We will continue to nurture kaitiakitanga and interest in the natural world using natural loose part resources, noticing bugs and insects and other ecosystems in our environment, food waste recycling and worm juice harvesting.