The outdoor environment at Central Kids Kihikihi Kindergarten is perfectly suited to nurture children’s natural curiosity, being home to many bugs and insects. In summer, we hear the songs of the cicada, and Kihikihi is the te reo Māori word for ‘cicada’. A ‘Kihikihi’ statue sits at the entrance to the town, and we planned a walk for a small group of keen bug discoverers to visit the statue, learn more about it’s significance to our town and to explore the surrounding park for bugs.
Arriving at the statue area, bug hunting was first on the agenda and there were no shortage of discoveries, with magnifying glasses enhancing investigations. And as we listened carefully, the song of a few lonesome cicada could be heard through the traffic noise. We spent some time exploring the statue and sharing it’s significance to Kihikihi, as well as learning some facts about cicadas. There were a few surprised faces when they learned that they used to be cooked and eaten!
We finished the excursion with some foraging for natural treasures which we excitedly carried back to kindergarten, and stories of the adventure were enthusiastically shared with waiting teachers and kindergarten friends.