Riley Hunter enjoyed the special picnic and snuggled up to a teddy bear as big as him.CHILDREN at Wagin Huggle Bears daycare were treated to a teddy bear’s picnic on May 22.
With their favourite teddy in hand, they spent the teddy-themed day singing, playing and doing craft work.
Special teddy bear ears to wear and teddies to decorate the centre were made using lots of different fabrics to stimulate their sensory, fine motor and cognitive skills.
Educator Lisa Clavey said the reason behind the day was to promote social interaction with parents and other children who attend daycare on various days.
“By inviting in family members the children form a bond between home and daycare which we find they benefit from,” Ms Clavey said.
“Creating social events like this allows parents to have that extra interaction with the educators and it provides the opportunity for parents to come and play with their children while they are attending daycare.”
The children took the opportunity to show parents around the daycare centre, proudly showing off their artwork which is displayed on the pinup boards.
Then, with teddy bears painted on their faces and energised after dancing to music, the children took their furry friends and invited family members outside where they enjoyed a yummy picnic with their favourite cuddly toys.
Free play followed and the children had fun taking their teddies and some pigs, cows and frogs on the swings and slide and into the fort and sandpit.
“It was a very successful afternoon and the children have been talking about it non-stop; we are currently planning more social events including a dress up day where we can all come as our favourite super hero and enjoy a sausage sizzle,” Ms Clavey said.
The daycare has been open for one month and the children are settling in well.
“We have been busy creating artwork to put up onto the walls, learning various songs – new and old – and trying to familiarise ourselves with routines to help the days run smoothly,” Ms Clavey said.
“The children are all responding really well to this new service, with mat time being the all-time favourite as it includes reading and singing.”
With vacancies still available, anyone interested in using the service is encouraged to drop in and meet the friendly staff who will be more than happy to give a tour of the centre and answer any questions.