Last term the tamariki from Central Kids Hinemoa Kindergarten wrapped up warm and set off up to their ngahere where we met up with Robyn from Wicked Weeders, Kids Greening Taupō, 4 Waipāhīhī School leaders and a special visitor – Ruud Kleinpaste. We spent some time collecting mulch in our buckets to place around our trees and bushes, then planted three new trees in our ngahere that had been gifted to us.
Then the bug hunt began… this was so special as Ruud took so much time finding bugs, talking to our children about what makes them so special and explaining some of their special characteristics. His absolute passion and enthusiasm for insects, bugs and spiders was infectious as the children absorbed every detail. Ruud even brought his own special cockroach named George to visit us too.
Our tamariki were so excited to show Ruud their ngahere and the places which are so special to them. We found native grass grubs, native cockroaches, centipedes, earwigs, spiders, slaters, ants, beetles and bird nest fungi. it was so evident what a beautiful, special place we have created, alive with creatures that call it home and food for our native birds. It was also very special to share it with New Zealand’s very own bug man.
By having opportunities to explore in this way, alongside experts, we are enabling our children to investigate the living world with their innate curiosity. Our children are building confidence, broadening their interests, developing scientific thinking skills and building knowledge. Being able to independently explore with like minded peers and adults in fostering our sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world. The shared passion, curiosity and enthusiasm for our natural world showed in the smiles and the excited questions to be answered by our experts – what a beautiful morning!