Kia ora koutou katoa,
We hope you are all keeping well, finding some time for self care, and not getting too cabin feverish!
As promised, in lieu of our usual Rātū morning Preschool Play sessions, we offer instead a round up of some great ways to keep little hands and minds occupied.
In order to get the very best resources around, we turned to other local families and asked if they would share their top tips and secrets with us, so you know that these have all been road tested and come recommended by those in the same boat as you !
Let's get into it!
DrawTogether with Wendy Mac
DrawTogether with WendyMac is an interactive drawing class for kids (of all ages.)
Join thousands of kids around the world to learn, laugh, and DrawTogether with WendyMac. The classes are interactive, engaging and with a hearty dash of silliness, your kids will love them.
The Coconet.tv is a hub for Pacific moving image content online, aimed primarily at Aotearoa’s burgeoning Pacific communities.
Their aim is to prompt connectivity and conversations for Pacificans around the world, and their Coco Kids section includes animated legends, Coco Kids Cooking, language learning games and more!
The Mini Māuis Club - Maritime Museum
New Zealand Maritime Museum has a wonderful activity library - Mini Māuis, where children of all ages can try their hand at knot tying, colouring, activity packs and other educational content.
Kids Greening Taupo - ECE Nature Resources
The Kids Greening Taupo website has an amazing library of free resources, activities and ideas for connecting tamariki to nature. They have a huge range of ideas to help you support your little ones home learning in a relaxed and holistic way.
Nanogirl - Impactful STEM Learning Experiences
Engaging, accessible, and often explosive, Nanogirl is on a mission to give all young people the opportunity to be blown away with science and engineering like they've never seen before.
Visit their Facebook and YouTube channel every weekday of lockdown at 3.30pm for a live Nanogirl STEM show!
Or browse their huge collection of episodes on YouTube.
We are looking forward to sharing more with you over the coming days, and make sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
Have a wonderful afternoon and of course, follow the Alert Level 4 Guidance.
We will be seeing you back at Hōtoke Preschool Play before you can google "how many coffees is it safe to drink in a day?".
The DPT rōpū.