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Birthday Parties

When planning a children’s birthday party at your centre or home the first things to consider are: The birthday child’s age and developmental abilities so that the party games, food (etc) are appropriate.The child’s personal likes and interests (e.g. you […]

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Guy Fawkes – November 5, 2022

What can you do to celebrate Guy Fawkes at your early childhood centre or home? Today the history of Guy Fawkes is often forgotten about and it is simply viewed as fire-works time.  With very young children, sparklers are popular. […]

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Rugby World Cup

Involving young children in rugby. Rugby is part of NZ’s national culture. The Rugby World Cup is a sporting event that annually captures our whole nation’s interest. Rugby Player Dispositions and Attributes and Te Whāriki Involving children in watching games […]

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Diwali or Deepavali – October 24, 2022

Children’s Diwali ECE Activities. By Karen Miller. Celebrating Diwali or Deepavali, the Indian Festival of Lights is a fun way to bring Indian music and culture into your early childhood service and strengthen links with the Indian diaspora (or scattering […]

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World Teachers’ Day – Oct 5, 2022

“World Teachers’ Day is a chance to acknowledge the dedication and fabulous work of teachers. World Teachers’ Day has been held annually in October since 1994 and commemorates teachers at all levels of the education system and worldwide. UNESCO co-convenes […]

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Matariki – Holiday June 24, 2022

Matariki in Early Childhood Education. This article presents ideas and teaching and learning activities for marking this culturally important event in the curriculum of early childhood education centres and home-based services.  In late May or early June, a cluster of seven […]

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Easter

Children’s Easter Activities. Here are lots of ideas for Easter activities and games in early childhood programmes, along with recipes for Easter eggs, hot cross buns, and Easter biscuits. First though are questions to consider around:  buying into the commercialisation of […]

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ANZAC Day – April 25th

Here is teaching and learning information about the meaning of ANZAC Day, along with early childhood activity ideas, and an easy recipe for making yummy Anzac biscuits with children. Anzac Day is marked officially on April 25th and commemorates Australians […]

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St Patrick’s Day – March 17th

St Patrick’s Day with children. St Patricks Day is celebrated on 17th March each year.  It is a day that is celebrated by Irish people but has caught on among all nationalities around the world – including in New Zealand […]

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Children’s Day – March 6, 2022

Children’s Day in NZ is usually held on the first Sunday of March.  A number of countries have a similar special day for children on their events calendars. It is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and other family members to […]

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Shrove Tuesday – 1 March 2022

Children’s Shrove Tuesday Activities. In modern times Shrove Tuesday is known best for being the day when you get to eat pancakes. However what is now often seen simply as a chance to eat a tasty dinner has long origins […]

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Waitangi Day – February 6, 2022

Reflecting NZ’s bicultural early childhood curriculum, Waitangi Day is an important day to discuss and mark with children. It is central to our country’s history as it marks the signing of the country’s founding document. The Treaty of Waitangi was […]

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