Kalamunda kindergarten kids suit up for puddle play

Scarecrows that students from Kalamunda Primary School kindergarten made.
Scarecrows that students from Kalamunda Primary School kindergarten made.

KALAMUNDA Primary School kindergarten students got more than they bargained for when they made two scarecrows for the Bickley Harvest Festival earlier this year.

The students took out the overall best scarecrow display and won $500 to buy puddle-suits that protect them and keep them dry while playing in the rain.

Administrator Lesley Hart said the project helped teach the children about recycling and what the best environment is to grow their own food in.

Kalamunda Primary School kindergarten students playing in their puddle-suits.

“When we got the scarecrows, Bluebell and Pumpkin, back to school, they stood proudly by our veggie tubs where we are currently growing potatoes,” she said.

“Children do not spend enough time outside, being physically active and creatively exploring their environment which is a vital avenue to developing their minds, preparing them for reading, writing and thinking mathematically and scientifically as well as building resilience and social skills.

“In winter, most children are overprotected and spend little time outside.”

Ms Hart said by using the prize money to purchase a set of puddle-suits, the children are able to enjoy the outdoors on those cooler, drizzly days.