Snakes inspire kindergarten children

Snakes inspire kindergarten children
A grass snake. Photo: eofdreams
Children attending a kindergarten in Roggendorfgasse in Vienna’s Hernals district were horrified to discover snakes in the garden. However, the snakes are harmless and the teachers have cleverly turned the children’s natural fear into curiosity.

Now the children are working on a project about snakes – learning all about the reptile’s life cycle and how to handle the non-venomous creatures.

"The children have been getting creative – making snakes out of paper, drawing, and exhibiting their works," said kindergarten head Ines Rinesch.

Natural and environmental issues have long been integrated into the kindergarten’s educational work. The children help grow fruit, vegetables and various herbs in the garden, and then help harvest and process the produce.

"Activities like this give children a conscious relationship with nature and are an integral part of the educational work we do in our nurseries," said local Councillor for Education Christian Oxonitsch.

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