Ruahine Kindergartens

Kindy's drive-in a hit with families

Hokowhitu Kindergarten


A group of Palmerston North preschoolers converted cardboard boxes into cars for an evening of movie magic.

Hokowhitu Kindergarten children enjoyed a drive-in movie night this week, where the early childhood centre hosted a screening of The Gruffalo. The children converted apple and banana boxes, donated by supermarkets, into cars. They used recycled arts and crafts materials to decorate their cars with tyres, headlights, handbrakes and steering wheels.

They also made number plates with their names emblazoned on the front.

Head teacher Jill Brider said the kindergarten held a community event once a term as a chance for families to come together.

"The highlight for us was 95 per cent of our community came and enjoyed the event; it was not a fundraiser but it was a fun raiser."

The idea for a drive-in was sparked by one of the centre's teachers who had seen it done before at a much smaller kindergarten. It also acted as a teaching opportunity for the centre to talk to children about cars and road practices.

The screening also included movie trailers, which were short clips of the children in action.

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