Awe­some toys gifted by con­struc­tion stu­dents

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Con­struc­tion stu­dents of the NZ Man­age­ment Acad­e­mies (NZMA) have cre­ated two gifts for Paer­ata pre-school Coun­try Vil­lage.

The chil­dren could not have been more ex­cited when they re­ceived their newly crafted toys - a won­der­ful mud kitchen and a wharenui.

Co-owner of the pre-school Michelle Flay said the toys res­onate with the cen­tre’s phi­los­o­phy of en­joy­ing the out­doors and ap­pre­ci­at­ing what na­ture has to of­fer.

‘‘We en­cour­age our chil­dren to be out­side and to use their imag­i­na­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘The mud kitchen is per­fect for the aspir­ing chef and the wharenui has been great for kids to play games as a ‘cubby house’.’’

The pre-school is also keen to en­cour­age cul­tural un­der­stand­ing, with the wharenui be­ing placed in the cen­tre of the play area.

The items are made as part of the NZMA Otahuhu cam­pus’ Big Re­veal event, where stu­dents show­case what they have built for their fam­ily and friends.

NZMA stu­dent Oliver O’Neill, who worked on the mud kitchen, said it it is some­thing his three-year-old daugh­ter would re­ally en­joy.

‘‘I’m re­ally pleased to know it will be well used and loved.’’

Rico Mark and In­die Meikle love play­ing in the mud kitchen.

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