Play Dough Recipes

Play Dough Recipes
Uncooked Play Dough 3 Cups Flour 1 ½ Cups Salt 6 tsp Cream of Tartar 3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil 3 Cups boiling water Mix dry ingredients, cooking oil together in large bowl Then add boiling water Stir well until the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl Add more flower if mixture seems sticky Turn out on to hard surface and knead. Salt Ceramic Play D...
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Treasure Baskets

Treasure Baskets
When you walk into shops or turn on the TV there are so many bright, noisy expensive toys everywhere and advertising likes to make out that you NEED them for your child to learn and grow. This is far from the truth. Providing an inexpensive toy that will keep your child entertained for hours and beneficial to their development can be so simple. Mak...
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Graduates - January 2017

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On Wednesday 27th January we were very proud to see 13 of our 5 year olds graduating from Kids Count, as they begin their journey at "Big School". With all their friends and whanau watching on, each child, many who have been with us since they were babies, was called up by whaea Atamaria, our senior teacher in the 4 year old room. Atamaria delivere...
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Play Dough with Young Children

Play Dough with Young Children
At this stage children enjoy socializing and imaginary play, based on real life situations. Children make things and name them. They pretend to bake and love to get involved in making the play dough. Children at this age are often getting involved in small groups and building friendships, developing relationships and communication skills. The start...
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Happiness is inside of everyone

Happiness is inside of everyone
A couple of Mums from He Huarahi Tamariki got together with Justin the teacher at Kids Count Tawa – The Griffin School to organise some family time at the centre on Tuesday 28th February. The theme was 'Trolls party day'. The children, parents and teachers all did their best to look like trolls, the children had their hair sprayed all different col...
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Toddler Room Update - March 2017

Toddler Room Update - March 2017
This month in the Toddler room we have been learning about animals as an interest shown by the children. There has been a variety of activities set out for children to engage in such as dramatic play with the three little pigs, making animals such as lions with our handprints, playing animal games like duck, duck goose and many others. We have also...
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Hauora in the Pa 2017

Hauora in the Pa 2017
We had an amazing time at Hauora in the Pa, there were so many families there enjoying the event. Free sausage sizzle, free water, loads of prizes and give aways, music, Zumba, etc...congratulations to the families who took part in our colouring competitions and games and won Warehouse Vouchers. Awesome Community Event, enjoyed meeting new friends ...
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Nga Teina for March 2017

Nga Teina for March 2017
During the month we had a fantastic nature walk looking for spiders and their webs! We found many webs with flies and other insects caught in them but the spiders seemed to have gone.  We also found many cicada shells, some children were brave enough to hold them while others just looked at them from afar.   Some children also got to visi...
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Nga Tuakana for March 2017

Nga Tuakana for March 2017
This month we worked on building our tamariki's confidence with communication and basic literacy.  In the process of doing so we chose a new book each week, focusing on the different parts of the book, the story itself, the different characters and the illustrations. Our tamariki then used their imaginations to draw what they loved most about ...
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Be the wave – create the ripples!

Be the wave – create the ripples!
I recently went to visit one of our graduate children's mothers who had been in our parenting groups to see how her son was settling into primary and in general say hello and how are you. What a great way to lift each other up – first the customary hug that grows out of our groups as we all become sister's of the heart and then of course the custom...
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Future Ferns Juniors - February 2017

Future Ferns Juniors - February 2017
Children's Curiosity and Animal Exploration Young children are skilful and explorative learners. They learn through play and create their own ideas to construct new knowledge. This helps children to be an active and competent learner.  Recently, our young children's curiosity towards animal has been very popular in the room of Future Ferns Jun...
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Future Ferns Juniors - March 2017

Future Ferns Juniors - March 2017
Our focus within our room is transport. Children have been having fun exploring different forms of transport and have had some really cool activities. This week we also were participating in the International Water Day. This was about how we can proactively conserve water by doing different things. This has also been relevant with the water shortag...
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Learning Experiences in the Community

Learning Experiences in the Community
This month our tamariki at Marne along with their teachers went out into the community on special outings. Tamariki, like adults, need a range of visual and sensory experiences to inspire and stimulate their creative potential. Going on visits awhi Te Whariki through Contribution Stand as they learn to support each other, Belonging and Well-Being S...
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Gardening

Gardening
The 3yr olds interest in gardening has led us to do more hands on practices in our outdoor area. As we experienced summer the children enjoyed cleaning the garden, potting seeds in our yoghurt containers and planting cabbage, beans, lettuce, coriander and sunflowers. This has encouraged healthy eating. Through aspects of science children learnt the...
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Gymnastics at our Weymouth Centre

Gymnastics at our Weymouth Centre
As part of our transition to school program this year we are taking all our 4-year-old children to the Clendon Recreation Centre on a Tuesday for gymnastic lessons.  The children have been really enjoying taking part, and are all every excited and enthusiastic for Tuesdays to roll around each week.  Through the program the children are de...
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Kapa Haka at Marne Road

Kapa Haka at Marne Road
Kapa haka is an important part of our cultural aspect in "Tikanga Maori" and whom we are at Marne Rd. We like to learn about all the different culture of all our staff and tamariki that have been given into our care during the duration of their stay with us. Our focus is Whanau, hapu and iwi of all nations. As we incorporate KC philosophy and value...
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Christmas Party - trip to Butterfly Creek

Christmas Party - trip to Butterfly Creek
For our Christmas party this year the staff decided to treat the children to a trip to butterfly creek as they have been interested in many animals. The children got to learn lots about all the different animals prior to this trip, getting them all excited and enthusiastic about what was to come. Once the day finally arrived the children were all v...
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Marne Road Graduates January 2017

Marne Road Graduates January 2017
"We recently had a celebration for the tamariki that were Graduating from Kids Count to their selected Primary Schools. We had an amazing turnout, with mums, dads, aunties, uncles, nana's, etc. coming see their tamariki Graduate. Well done Graduates from your friends at Kids Count Marne Rd, wishing you all the best at your new school." – Whaea Shir...
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Fun Over the Christmas Holiday

What a fantastic time all the children have had over the Christmas holidays! With many of the children on holiday there was lots of opportunities for local walks and trips for those that came in. The children got to visit the park, the beach, have lots of picnics, dress up days, water play days etc. With the children's key interest at the moment be...
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Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School
Everything we do in our centre is to lay solid foundations for formal learning getting your child ready for school where they will continue their journey into reading, writing and maths. During our daily fun and education children have… Opportunities and experiences to develop self-help skills and independence  Project work to extend children’...
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