What a magnificent afternoon we had on Thursday at New Brighton beach. The weather was spectacular as our tamariki explored the shoreline. Thank you to all our parents who chaperoned us. We couldn't have done it without you!
Our amazing host Georgina encouraged us to think about and share what makes our beaches special to us. "I like to play with my rugby ball" said Zekaius. "Swimming!" other children replied.
We discovered that there were a variety of animals and bugs that consider the beach their home. From dolphins, crabs, beetles and to spiders that wander between the ocean to the sand dunes and some back again.
Then came the fun part where we had an opportunity to take part in a scavenger hunt. Children had to find things on the beach and then decide if they should be on the beach.
|Miss T! I found a sand dollar!|
|Look! A fishing rod!|
Next we sorted our objects into groups. Georgina asked for a group of man made items and another group of natural items. Thankfully there were more natural items then man made!
Following this we had a discussion around how some of the man made items like plastic bags can effect our coastal creatures and how we can help to care for them.
We took our ideas and we created huge messages in the sand to invite others who share our beaches to take care of them too.