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Mocha-Peanut Fudge to Mooloo



Dairy-free dark chocolate, soy condensed milk, Olivani (dairy-free margarine), instant coffee powder, & peanuts. Yum! I first came across this recipe when looking for ideas for Zaedyn’s birthday back in April. The photo above is from his Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party. I made it again Thursday night, and I think that this rich soft fudge is very yummy. Vegan or not, most people seem to enjoy it. Check out Angel Food for the recipe and other vegan products.

So why did I decide to make this mocha-peanut fudge again? Zaedyn and I wanted to share something yummy with our friends on our last day at our early childcare centre. I have worked with some amazing teachers over the past four years, met some lovely families, & have enjoyed my days playing, teaching, and learning from tamariki. I started out working with toddlers 18 months to around 3 1/2 year olds and began working with infants 3 months to 18 months when returning from maternity leave. Although I will not be working at the centre anymore, my passion for teaching has definitely not ended. I look forward to spending more time with Zaedyn at home and will continue to share my research, knowledge, and development on learning.

Thank you so much for all of our lovely gifts. Below are some photos as well as a lovely bowl that will be very useful in our kitchen and a creative painting for Zaedyn from his friends. We love and appreciate them all. We also look forward to finding a place to plant our feijoa tree. Can’t wait until we can eat our home grown feijoas!

FeijoasWith a very busy week, we enjoyed an evening out in Hamilton to watch the rugby. Waikato played Hawke’s Bay at Waikato stadium, winning 28-3 to retain the Ranfurly Shield. Zaedyn spent the game giving cheeky smiles to everyone around us, looking around for the noise of the cow bells, and watching Mooloo. He also thought that he could get some iPhones by looking at his new friends behind us and saying “ta”.

In Zaedyn’s eyes, Mooloo was the highlight of the game. He was constantly pointing him out and even learned some dance moves from him. Toward the end, we made our way down so that Zaedyn could see Mooloo. By now, the rain had washed some of Mooloo’s face paint off. He came over to see Zaedyn, but Zaedyn actually decided that he was a bit uncertain about this cow now that he was in front of him. Luckily Dad knew that a high five would change things. David said, “high-five” to Zaedyn, and of course he couldn’t resist that. I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of the boys in their Waikato gear. Then we made our way back to the top as the game was just about over. We found David’s brother, the Waikato technical analyst, in the coach’s box. Zaedyn wanted to tell Mark about Mooloo as he pointed out to him. I definitely think Zaedyn loved Mooloo more than the rugby!

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A Different Kind of Water Wall


With the excitement of summer coming and a bit of sunshine amidst all of the rain and wind today, a quick look around in the shed ended in this makeshift attempt of a water wall, if you can call it that. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun. Warm water, funnels, cups, PVC pipes, and the curiosity of infants. I cannot wait to see what resources we can collect and new ways we can put them together to create an inviting and challenging space for tamariki to learn.

Most tamariki love playing with water. There is something magical about the natural element of water through the variety of opportunities, endless resources and open ended play, and the smiles it puts on children’s faces.

“It is not about the blocks or the dough. It is about the activity being the vehicle for the acquisition of the disposition to learn” ~Margaret Carr (2008)

This quote provides great reflection when thinking about the importance of dispositions toward children’s ongoing learning and the activities we set up or resources that we provide. Water helps to develop multiple dispositions such as curiosity, playfulness, resourcefulness, and collaboration. Not all children enjoy water. For some, water play might be about the confidence that develops. Although the water space might remain the same throughout the day, each child’s play will result in learning that is different to those that they are playing alongside. Isn’t that fascinating? As a teacher, it challenges us to be thinking on so many levels and supporting each child’s needs to further develop their individual learning. I am excited for summer and all of the wonderful activities and learning to come.

Check out Let the Children Play for other ideas on creating a water wall and other inspiring play ideas.

Washing the house and cars on a rainy day? Here is a quick look at some of the water play Zaedyn enjoyed over the weekend…



“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” ~E.E. Cummings

Carr, M. (2008) Presentation to Hui Topu – Professional Development for Early Childhood Education. May 28th, Wellington.