Day of play for active mokopuna

BIG DAY OUT: Grace Hughey, Ella Hastings and Scarlette Ngarimu-Brown enjoy one of the activities as part of a day of play for early childhood centres at Gisborne Girls’ High. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Pictures by Paul Rickard
Riley Twigley is on target with this effort as Anahera Morrell-Moeau Gemmell helps hold a hoop.
Christian Bartlett flies over the bar like a seasoned high jumper.
Active Play Day. Avery Hogan, Charlotte Moran-Lee (Sticky Fingers).
Cameron Wallis (The Point Early Learning Centre).
Faraz Raza from Sticky Fingers practises walking on stilts. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Itali-Rose Raroa from Rewanui Early Learning Centre aims her for the bucket.
Shia-Reign Poihipi from The Point Early Learning Centre takes a good swing in T-ball.

Under-fives from early childhood centres in Gisborne got together for a day of play this week.

More than 50 kids and their educators from Pohutukawa Kids, the Point, Rewanui and Sticky Fingers early learning centres gathered at Gisborne Girls’ High School.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti active mokopuna coordinator Monique McLeod said kids took part in play stations including “car driving” using hoops, throwing “tail balls” and an obstacle course. The most popular activity was using a parachute to toss small, bouncy balls high in the air.

“The kids all worked together to progressively toss the balls higher and higher.

“It’s a fantastic lesson in teamwork, as well as being great fun.”

Educator Rose Hoare, from the Point, said it was a wonderful event that gave tamariki (children) the chance to get out and about in the community.

“They were super excited to be going to ‘the big Girls’ High School’ and having fun in the sunshine.”

The centres were celebrating the end of the year on the active mokopuna programme, working on physical play and healthy eating, said Ms McLeod.

“It’s through play that tamariki make sense of the world around them and gain the confidence and skills to be active for life.

“It’s our role as parents and educators to ensure that they have time, place and permission to do so.”

Under-fives from early childhood centres in Gisborne got together for a day of play this week.

More than 50 kids and their educators from Pohutukawa Kids, the Point, Rewanui and Sticky Fingers early learning centres gathered at Gisborne Girls’ High School.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti active mokopuna coordinator Monique McLeod said kids took part in play stations including “car driving” using hoops, throwing “tail balls” and an obstacle course. The most popular activity was using a parachute to toss small, bouncy balls high in the air.

“The kids all worked together to progressively toss the balls higher and higher.

“It’s a fantastic lesson in teamwork, as well as being great fun.”

Educator Rose Hoare, from the Point, said it was a wonderful event that gave tamariki (children) the chance to get out and about in the community.

“They were super excited to be going to ‘the big Girls’ High School’ and having fun in the sunshine.”

The centres were celebrating the end of the year on the active mokopuna programme, working on physical play and healthy eating, said Ms McLeod.

“It’s through play that tamariki make sense of the world around them and gain the confidence and skills to be active for life.

“It’s our role as parents and educators to ensure that they have time, place and permission to do so.”

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