Grandpa, Grandma, Pa, Ma, Rimu, Rata, Baby Fern.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
There has been magical happenings at Nature Discovery, Mrs Shaw wondered if it might be the Gnuffs. She had seen and heard of the Gnuffs before but this was a long time ago. This week when we arrived at the shed there was a note from the Gnuffs. The note welcomed us and then led us on a wonderful treasure hunt, the Gnuffs had left us many clues and taonga to find. During the morning we had a special visitor Mrs Shaw number 2, she remembered the Gnuffs also, and came to tell the story that she had heard from the birds of Fiordland about how they had seen the Gnuffs working their magic within Te Anau again.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
At Nature Discovery today we discovered a new area to play in. We have called it the Woody Hollows. Tallulah, her Mum and Caleb made a stone sculpture, Gabbie found a Moth that she looked after for a while then let go. The Woody Hollow had lots of trees, leaves and sticks for us to build and make things with. One of our parents from DOC taught the children how to look for shelter and make arrows to show adults where they are if the get lost. We have started playing a Search and Rescue game practicing these skills and of course our Nature Discovery call. We all enjoyed lighting the fire for the thermette and having our Milo right in the middle of the Woody Hollows, it was like camping.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Today we used the old charcoal from our fire which we put in an ash can at the end of the day. It was now cold and we wanted to see if we could draw pictures with it. The pieces were various shapes and sizes. Some pieces we could draw thin lines like using a pencil and other pieces we rubbed over the paper to create wider and lighter lines or areas.
Shelby used the thin small pieces to draw a helicopter. We all had fun making patterns on our paper with the charcoal.
It was great to discover that we didn't need to bring pencils and crayons to Nature Discovery to be able to draw - we can just use charcoal instead.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Today at Nature Discovery we made bird feeders.
Caleb said "We spread peanut butter on to a pine cone then we rolled it in bird food and then we hung it up on the tree. I liked making the bird feeders. Shelby's Dad and my Dad helped me, they lifted me up to put it in the tree."
On the way back to the car park we found a big puddle it was too tempting we just had to jump in it. Everybody got really wet and even got water in their Gumboots.
Jacob said "I loved splashing and making other people absolutely wet."
Liam said "I liked splashing and going on my knees in the puddle."
One of the big rocks became a diving board with children jumping off to create bigger splashes. I can't wait for the next Nature Discovery day.
Today it was very cold and frosty, we tired to slide down the hill on our bottoms but we couldn't slide down by ourselves so Mrs Shaw pulled us down by our feet. Sophie and Chloe's Dad had a better idea - he got us to hold on to each other and he slid us all together going down backward.
I was so cold we went on a big walk to find some sun, and then walked back to the shed where Hunter was waiting with the fire going. We sat around the fire warmed up and toasted marshmallows.
"I liked toasting the marshmallows on the camp fire" said Chloe
"I liked it when Mrs Shaw pushed me down the mountain it was fun" said Zayla
"Dad was pulling us down the slippery grass, it was tickling my back, it was fun" said Sophie
Thursday, June 10, 2010
What fun we had today. Writing our first initial with stones, weaving and building in a gravel pit and flying on the trees. The best part for some of us was lighting the fire for the thermette so we could have a nice hot Milo.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday 19th May
"We found a pathway that led to a big long log. We pretended that it was a sleigh and all the children fitted on it. I sang Jingle Bells and the other children joined in the song and Mum was the reindeer with big antlers and her name was Rudolph. My name was Santa. We balanced on the log, it was long , very,very long." as told by Rosebud
Monday, May 10, 2010
5th May 2010
It was a beautiful Fiordland Autumn day and we walked up to the top of the hill where we stopped to play.
"Liam's Dad, he played the Limbo Stick and jumping with us. He put a long stick into the fence so we could go under it. We needed to get our tummy out and our head back to get under. Then we went over the stick by jumping and getting your legs over. We went to Bunny Hole Hill for lunch cos it was a nice sunny place." as told by Lisa
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Autumn in the park. 21st April 2010
Today was our first Nature Discovery day after the holidays and we discovered that many of the trees had changed colour. The leaves were yellow, brown, orange and red.
"We found lots of toadstools, they were red with white spots. They were really round and looked nice and pretty. We didn't touch them because they are poisonous and can make us sick." said Sid.
We jumped and rolled in the leaves. It was fun. The leaves were colourful, they were yellow, red and colourful." said Liam
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Today, we found some big rocks to climb and pretended that we were Dinosaurs. We were really scary and made lots of noise.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
December 16 2009
What a fun morning we had. Working together and guided by Summer we made two castles that were connected by a river. The river had bushes on the edge and we used flowers for fish. Summer worked very hard designing the bedrooms inside the castle. She used flowers and grass for the beds and floor. I think the castles and the river are amazing!
December 09 2009
Today was a test of our new TOI wet weather gear
It was the first day we have had rain - it well and truly kept us dry.
We tried to catch the rain drops in our hands - but didn't have much luck. We made shelters with bark and sticks and used our tarpaulins too.
We were still able to all the things we love to do even though it was raining.
Today on Fiordland Kindergarten Nature Discovery we pretended that we were a train going through a tunnel of trees. It was dark like a tunnel.
We all found 10 sticks each and built things with them. Some of us built buildings by twisting the sticks into the ground. Others made train tracks and rivers across the grass. They all looked awesome and each one was different. Some of us joined together so that we would have more sticks to work with and make our creations bigger. Great teamwork.
Today at Nature Discovery we added more sticks and bush branches to our shelter. It was fun walking on the track. Nico found some buttercups and went round holding it under his friends chins to see if they liked butter.
November 11 2009
Today was the first day of our new adventure that we call "Nature Discovery" Every Wednesday morning for the whole morning our teachers and parents take the eldest 10 of us out into nature.