At Manaia we have plans for developing our playground. Tamariki, kaiako and whanau have all contributed ideas to the design. But before the work gets off the ground, it has first had to go under the ground to find out the state of our drainage. This is what happened on Friday, to the children’s interest and delight. Marshall’s dad Shaun, of Manaia Excavators, came by with Aaron and Shane, two other dads of former kindergarten tamariki. They brought their truck and their little blue digger and did some investigative digging.
The children take their seats as the digger makes a neat hole in the lawn to look for the drains.
Aaron explains what the digger has found and what they'll do next.
Harper, Oliver and Max get the job done.
Seeing the children's interest, enthusiasm and excitement at being involved in this activity confirms the importance of real life experiences as part of early childhood curriculum and shows the appetite these competent young learners have for being involved in meaningful activities that engage all their senses.