Fan­tas­tic froggy fun

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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