Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Small Planet

Small Planet is a trial programme organised by the Nelson City Council, to promote sustainable living concepts to the under 5's and their families. Along with Enner Glynn Playcentre and Bridge St Early Learning centre, we are involved in the pilot programme.
Hence the promotion of our existing sustainable practices as well as other ideas we are learning about.
Sustainability - reduce, reuse and recycle is visible at Nayland Kindergarten through our:
compost and worm farms, our growing garden that we share with our children and families, waste free lunchboxes[less packaging =less rubbish], all waste from children's lunchboxes stays and goes home, recycle bins with paper collection of un-named artwork and white photocopying paper, bird feeders out of milk bottles[didn't work that well], and trash fashion.
We will keep you updated on some other projects that we have in mind - pinecone bird feeders and water saving options with water play.

Food, kai, food

Food at Nayland kindergarten has been plentiful this term. We started by harvesting our yummy carrots and eating every single one of them -straight from the garden after a little rinse from the hose.
Other food we have made with the children: hummus, sandwiches, stir-fry, pita bread and tomato and pumpkin soups.
Some food has been celebrated with our families in the form of shared lunches and other food has just been eaten by all of us during the session.
The focus of eating everyday food such as your 5+ fruit and vege colours every morning tea and at lunchtime has resulted in raising children's awareness of the different food available and present in their lunchboxes - thank you families.
The lunchbox focus with reusable bags and reusable containers is supporting our focus on sustainability as well - so thank you families again.
But talk about back-firing - glad wrap balls were being collected everyday - i.e. glad wrap from children's lunchbox being wrapped in a ball shape - and our thinking was about reducing the glad wrap in children's lunchboxes. However, the children were great at offering glad wrap to see how big the ball could be made! So, we have stopped the gladwrap balls as it takes up to a thousand years for gladwrap to waste away and the message of sustainability - reduce, reuse and recycle continues!