Here at Play to Learn we strive to positively educate tamariki about the importance of sustainability for our environment, and the longevity of active sustainability within our world. When we actively and intentionally care for our Papatuuaanuku with aroha, she feels safe and cared for and in return, she blesses us with aroha and nutritional kai.
Ngaa tamariki loved harvesting their cabbages, spring onions, and herbs from our sustainable gardens in preparation for cooking our Chinese New Year delicacy of Beef Chow-Mein. When children are a part of the growing and harvesting process they also feel empowered in the choices they make when trying new kai. Ngaa tamariki loved chopping up their fresh vegetables and preparing a lovely nutrient-rich kai to celebrate our Chinese New Year in such an authentic way, with delicious produce from our home.
The natural world can give children instant responses to their curiosity through all of their senses as they touch, taste, smell, see and hear what is going on around them. Such connections tend to foster an ethic of care for the natural environment and the life systems within it (Phenice & Griffore, 2003). Positive experiences in nature can support children to develop the understanding that humans are interconnected with the earth and its life supporting systems, and that all humans have a responsibility to ensure its survival for future generations (Chawla, 2007).'' ~ http://www.hekupu.ac.nz/article/leading-change-toward-education-sustainability-early-childhood-education