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Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere - 21st Aug 2018

Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere

Bubbles are a great way to bring friends together
Click here to let Madizon and Lachie show us how to POP POP POP

Just for a Laugh - 15th Aug 2018

Just for a Laugh

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively naughty.
They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in town, their sons were probably involved.

The boys' mother heard that a priest in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. He agreed, but asked to see them individually.
So the mother sent her 8-year-old first, with the older boy to see the priest in the afternoon.
The priest, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?".
They boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed. The priest raised his voice and shook his finger in the boy's face, "WHERE IS GOD!?"
The boy screamed and bolted from the room, running directly home and diving into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him, he asked, "What happened?"

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied "We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it!!.."

Caterpillar Club Sandwiches - 13th Aug 2018

Caterpillar Club Sandwiches Saw this online thought i would share it with you.


These sandwiches can be made with whatever you have on hand!


2 loaves of bread

4 eggs

150g ham

¼ cup cream cheese

2 tomatoes, sliced

4 eggs

Margarine / butter

Salt / pepper

Cucumber skin (decoration)

Tomato (decoration)

Cheese (decoration)



1. Cook the eggs in a large saucepan of water until they are hardboiled (8-10 mins), remove the shell, mash with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
2. Cut the bread into circles using a plastic cup or circle shaped cookie cutter.
3. Butter the bread and arrange using mashed egg, sliced tomato, ham and cream cheese.
4. Place the circle sandwich shapes on their side and using the cucumber cut out caterpillar legs and antennae, and small circles in the skin for the eyes.
5. Cut a mouth for the caterpillar using cheese.

Making Sushi - 5th Aug 2018

On Friday afternoon I made some simple sushi with some of our tamariki. 
I put a little rice vinegar in the rice after cooking it.  Each tamariki, that wanted to make some, got half a sheet of nori (sea weed) on their mat.  I showed them how to wet their fingers and spread the rice onto the nori. 
Then we added peeled carrot, cucumber and shaved ham across the middle, making sure to leave a gap at the top or bottom for rolling.  They helped wet the gap with some water and rolled their sushi up. 
The sushi was named on a paper towel and kept in the fridge until we could enjoy it at afternoon kai time.

Braylen and Ava were my first two sushi chefs, as Celia and Macie waited for their turn.  We could only make two at a time as I only have two mats.

Layton was keen to give this sushi making a try.  

At afternoon kai time, those that made sushi got their piece to eat or take home.  We shared some extra pieces, that I had made, with the other tamariki and kaiako. 

Luke, Kade and Casey tried some of the extra sushi with mixed opinions.  I hope that Braxton enjoyed his piece that he made and took home before afternoon kai time.


Thank you to the keen sushi makers and testers.  Well done to those that tried something new and different.

Knot Tying at Dolamore Park - Session 2 - 25th Jul 2018

At Dolamore Park a long rope suspended between two strong beech tree trunks makes an excellent setup for knot tying practice. Connor and Manaia develop simple, original methods to attach their smaller ropes onto the big one.William and Braxton both employ a 'bigger is better' philosophy, twisting and weaving their rope around itself and the big rope so it can't possibly come undone.

The knots of Lincoln and Kade aren't quite as big, but they have been pulled tight with real strength. That looks like a reliable method boys.

 Following their knot tying session the group went and cautiously looked at (and listened to) the nearby stream, then returned to try some rope walking. They placed their feet on the bottom rope, held onto a second rope above and wobbled along as far as they could go. Fun and funny.

Resthome Visits for July - 19th Jul 2018

Again, our recent visits were amazing and enjoyable for both young and old. Resthaven has a beautiful Fairyland set up at the moment. The tamariki sat there for a long time looking at all of the different displays. There are some talented people that have created some amazing pieces. Some of the tamariki from Akoranga Preschool have made their own fairies to contribute to the display.

After following the cat 'Arthur' we ventured down to the hospital area where we played with the balloons with the residents. This was a delightful experience as we witnessed all of their faces light up. Such precious moments.
We had a lovely treat at Parata House last Tuesday. We had a short visit with the Grandads and Grandmas then off we went to watch a couple of singers perform. They were excited to see us so sung 'Old MacDonald had a farm'. The adults enjoyed seeing the tamariki get up to dance and sing. It was great to see everyone having such a great time.

One of the Grandmas leading the way.

Grace and Jake were doing amazing dancing together!

Last week Chloe and I (Krystle) were off to Albany House where we did some drawing with the Grandmas and Grandads. For some, this was their first rest home visit. They were a little shy at first but they soon got chatting once we started drawing with them.

Matariki Celebrations - Bread Making - 18th Jul 2018

A big thank you to Elaine, Austin's mum, for coming in on Tuesday to make bread with us.  She kindly came with all the ingredients and shared her knowledge with the tamariki and kaiako of room 2.  Making bread was part of our Matariki celebrations to be shared with room 1 tamariki at afternoon tea time.
Elaine got the tamariki to help measure out the cups of flour and mix in the ingredients.  Celia has a steady hand pouring the yeast mix into the flour.

Next, each tamariki got a little flour on the table in front of them.  After Elaine had mixed the dough together, she passed a piece out for each tamariki for them to help knead their own piece and then roll into a ball for raising and baking. 
Austin showed his skill at kneading with his mum.
Josh, Lachie, Emma, and Celia each enjoyed this challenge before we put them into balls to rise and be baked.
Layla and Javanee were waiting to help too, after washing their hands.  Elaine had a second mixture of yeast ready for keen tamariki to make another mixture.
This time Javanee and Karlee were able to join in as other friends went off to play.
The balls baked up together into each other.


Banana Bread Baking - 13th Jul 2018

We were very kindly given all the necessary mixings for gluten free banana bread by Logan, (Karlee's Mum).  So on Tuesday we got our baking aprons on and mixed up a yummy loaf or two.

Firstly all the helpers washed their hands and then chose an apron to put on.  

We had to break two eggs into a bowl before adding water and oil.  The tamariki helped pour in the packet mixture before they all took turns mixing it in with the big green spoon

Karlee was keen to help mixing in the eggs with oil, water and then the packet mixture. 
Emma and Javanee waited patiently for Karlee to have a turn before they had a go at stirring.
Jack watched as Rhyley had his turn at stirring before giving it a go too. 

Then the bowl was passed on to Ayla, Sadie, Josh, William and Macie.

The end result was two loaves that we were able to share with all the tamariki and kaiako at afternoon tea time.  Some of our juniors came over with Olivia to share in this marvelous baking.

Cooking provides opportunities for learning

  • maths and science concepts       
  • language       
  • being social and cooperative       
  • organisational skills

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