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Weekly Programme

Magic Mat Time

Monday’s – 9.30 am till 11.00 am

Connections Cottage – 1/34 Cook St, Howick

Designed to incorporate music, stories and fun our Magic Mat Time offers an opportunity for the children to experience:

  • Music & Dance – Gross Motor Development
  • Instruments and Props – Exploration
  • Bubbles, Balloons, Parachute and Lycra – Fun!
  • Mixing with others….Social Development

Story time…Language development, culture, listening skills…plenty of skills needed for school years too!

Shared Morning Tea - bring along a piece of fruit and we supply the biscuits…more opportunity for social development as well as self-care skills also needed for those school years!


Action Sports - Pakuranga

Tuesdays 9.30 - 10.30 am

Pakuranga Indoor Sports Centre, Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga

This is a fun, interactive session that is designed to cover all areas of motor development (gross as well as fine motor skills!).

It also promotes teamwork, problems solving, sharing, listening skills, counting and literacy.... and it's a whole lot of fun!



Crazy Craft....a whole lot of fun!

Thursday’s – 9.30 am till 11.00 am

Bell House, Bell Rd, Lloyd Elsmore, Pakuranga (right next to the Howick Historical Village)

Join us for some creative fun both indoors and outdoors.  The stunning setting allows for beautiful picnics out in the gardens, plenty of space to run and play and the cottage for arts & crafts, baking, dress ups, dramatic play, playdough, easels, and a special ‘space’ dedicated to our younger babies in the group where they can enjoy heuristic play with our ‘Treasure Basket’ resources.

All of the children will benefit from this group through social and physical development (fine motor and gross motors skills).  Our ‘Transition to School’ thread during this session offers the older children opportunity for self-care skills to be developed, fine motor skills (tripod grip, scissor skills (supervised of course!)), pre writing development, name recognition, pasting (they will need this skill in the classroom) and plenty of hands on experiences.

Above all…the children (and Educators) have plenty of FUN in their play!


Little Kickers

Friday’s – 9:45 am till 10:30 am

Fun at Little Kickers Howick

Confidence, control, being part of team, fresh air, and FUN!

We offer a football session for preschoolers run by the Little Kickers team – free of charge to our little charges!

Fun is had by all at this weekly event!



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