Fantastic froggy fun
The thought of kissing a slimy green frog sent shrieks and giggles through a group of youngsters who hopped along to Porirua Library for an amphibian-themed school holiday programme.
Each day kicked off with songs, tales of tadpoles and toads at story time, then arts and crafts sessions making puppets, hats, models and paintings. Programme coordinator Ann-Louise Davey says the theme sprang to mind from a display by Kapi-Mana Forest & Bird marking New Zealand Frog Week from September 26 to October 2.
‘‘We had a DVD playing in the library and the frog noises just inspired us to teach the children about New Zealand’s little creatures,’’ she says.
A special visit from ‘‘ Frankie and the froglets’’, Titahi Bay School’s pet Tasmanian whistling tree frogs, received a warm reception, Ms Davey says.
‘‘We had fantastic numbers, there has been such interest about frogs in the area. The kids loved the stories, they were totally captivated. It’s just been awesome.’’
Porirua Library’s theme for its summer reading programme will be The Big Bush Read.
Enrolments open November 22, places are limited to 150.
Toadily cool: Alex Verran from Aotea with siblings Charlotte and Angus Horner, from Judgeford, hopped along to the frog-themed holiday programme at Porirua Library last week.