Create a new play area to enable children to find out more about the plant and animal life in your local natural places.
1. Create a new area of play at your centre/school with the children's help. Emphasise spaces with different textures, sights, sounds, smells. What activities did they enjoy?
2. Discuss opportunities to plant a sensory garden with plants to look at, hear, feel, smell and taste! For example:
- Feel: smooth (flax), spiky (matagouri, spaniard), soft (toi toi), fluffy (Marlborough rock daisy).
- Hear: choose plants that rustle in the wind (toi toi) or attract birds that will sing (tui and koromako/bellbird love flax flowers).
- Look at: choose plants with symmetry, different shaped leaves or defined structure (hebes have opposite leaves and beautiful flowers, kawakawa has heart shaped leaves, cacti, penwipers have radial symmetry).
- Taste: grow some vegetables, fruit trees and herbs.
- Smell: fragrant herbs and native plants (tarata/lemonwood).
3. Create a simple Kaitiakitanga care code for looking after each other, your resources and your environment at school. Display it for all to see and use.
Activity developed by Davina Hunt, DOC.
- Early childhood
- Forests and green spaces
Curriculum learning areas
- Social science
- Education for sustainability
- Maths and statistics
- The arts
- Health and PE