Creating owls with clay…..

The children have been exploring the story “Owl babies” throughout the family center this week. Today the children choice to extend their learning through creating their own owl babies using clay and loose parts of their choice. The children used their imagination and new knowledge of owls to create their beautiful models which are now on display at the entrance to the 3-5 room.

Owl Babies

‘Owl Babies’ is a story written and illustrated  by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson.

Our children have given their opinion on what the story is about ;-

“The story is about owls, the mummy owl went to get food, the baby owl got sad. Mummy owl comes back at the end” – E. M

“The owls waited for their mummy” – S.S

”The baby owls, their mum and dad was gone”N.R

“The owls were sad because their mummy was lost” N.D

After reading the story the children and I started to look up some interesting facts about Owls, did you know ;-

  • There are around 200 different owl species.
  • Owls are active at night (nocturnal).
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • Most owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds.
  • Some owl species hunt fish.

The children asked a very interesting question, “Do owls live in nests or holes in trees?” The answer is Both !!

We collected some resources from around the nursery that we could use to make nests.

It’s having a drink.

Some children were interested in drawing some pictures of the owls. We did this and had a range of unique owls, some rainbows and some pink ones and also some yellow. The children had great pleasure in displaying their work.

To add  challenge to this experience some children starting to copy some of the key words from the story. The children concentrated well during this experience.

 

Warm Blankets

Thank you to Faith and her family for the thoughtful SCIAF real gift of “Warm Blankets” to help children and families in emergency situations.

We have enjoyed giving to various charities this Christmas – Oxfam, East Renfrewshire Food Bank, CCI Glasgow Helping the Homeless and Save the Children.  We owe you all a great big thank you for helping others less fortunate then ourselves this Christmas.

Puppet Show Fun!

Today the toddlers joined the children in the 3-5 room for a special puppet show. The story was a take on  the classic tale of Rapunzel.  The children were all very animated watching the show and found certain parts very funny! The children showed great sitting and listening skills and they really enjoyed shouting out at the appropriate times.

The frog was a big hit with most of the children. Everyone enjoyed the show  and some of our children were lucky enough to see it twice! We would like to thank Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre for two amazing performances.

   

 

 

   

Iceberg Ahoy

The children were exploring different textures in the water tray today. We had some gooey red jelly and bicarbonate of soda fizzy ice as well as some fluffy frozen shaving foam.

The children loved feeling the different textures. They were able to use great descriptive words. They could see the bicarbonate ‘bubble’ when it came in contact with the jelly. The ice was SO cold and the shaving foam was like ‘snow’. Then one child said “it’s a big iceberg!” We all watched the iceberg float around our jelly sea before it slowly melted.

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