Don’t be surprised if pademelon power does not help save the resource-poor world in future years – at least around Coolum.
Pademelons are not some exotic Irish fruit that could be the next bio-fuel, but a small, cuddly wallaby.
And one of them was the star of The Rainforest Experience – a thought-provoking and impressively presented puppet show that could inspire more than 40 kindy kids from Coolum and Mudjimba to use their own cute “melons” to help conserve the natural environment.
Coolum Beach Community Pre-Prep and Kindergarten in Jones Parade, with its dappled autumn light streaming through shady trees, was the perfect setting for the special Under-Eights Week lead-in event. It officially runs from May 23-30 and is a celebration of early childhood learning.
The incredible puppet characters brought to life the dramas and dilemmas facing our native rainforest creatures in front of the spell-bound youngsters.
The pademelon suffered a cut foot from some glass carelessly left by unthinking humans and had to hop about with its poor paw bandaged up.
There were also butterflies and snakes and a bower bird in love with everything blue as it made its nest on the forest floor.
Coolum kindy director Lorelle Frost said caring for the environment was a key learning plank for these two Creche and Kindergarten Association not-for-profit early childhood education centres.
“This show is perfect for the Under-Eights Week theme, which is ‘Our Children Our World Our Future’,” Lorelle said.
As the Jones Parade kindy sits right in the pathway of a local wildlife corridor which stretches across to Yandina-Coolum Road, real life visits from native animals are not uncommon – though the scrub turkeys sometimes make themselves too much at home!
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