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’ 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.
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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.
We have started early celebrations in the Studio for St. Andrew’s day. The children began creating a Scottish theme for our sensory tray by making Scottish flags using resources that have different textures.
On our arts and crafts table the children explored the patterns of different tartans and experimented with weaving to create their own tartans.
What fantastic experiences our children have had celebrating Book Week Scotland.
Outdoors, “in the deep dark wood” the children chose to follow in “The Gruffalo’s” footsteps and after choosing a character they re-enacted the story taking turns with their puppets. The children also decided to make some of his favourite food : roasted fox and owl ice cream.
The children also had the opportunity to participate in Authors Live, where the authors read their story in Old Scots. Inspiring our children to create their own giant artwork of The Gruffalo.
Another Old Scots story the children have been exploring is the “The Teegar that Cam for his Tea”. The Old Scots words have proven a challenge for our children, however they have enjoyed role playing the story and attempting some of the Old Scots words themselves.
Lastly, today we had a good ‘blether and book swap’ with our families.
This week the toddlers have been celebrating Book Week Scotland. They have enjoyed singing and dancing to Scottish songs whilst focusing their activities on a book they chose called ‘There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’!
The children found the story very funny and it created great discussion about all the animals the little girl swallowed! The children noticed the animals were getting bigger each time she ate and enjoyed holding up pictures of each animal as they were mentioned in the story. The children wanted to make green play dough to match the little girls jumper!
They then cut out little figures and using different materials added the midgies in her tummy!! Next, as a sensory experience the children made porridge, adding mixed fruit as the midgies, which they had fun mixing and playing with. This book has proven to be a real favourite in the toddler room.
Over the last couple of days the toddlers have been talking about the men and women who worked hard to give us a safe place to grow up in. We also talked about the animals who did great jobs. They made red play dough and printed with paint to make lovely poppies. We used purple paint to make poppies for the animals. On Monday the toddlers had a “ nearly 2 minute silence to think about special people”,
Today the toddlers thought that porridge would be a yummy snack. They helped to measure out the oats and milk and all gave it a good stir. We then watched it cook “it got very hot”. The toddlers then chopped up some banana to add into their bowls of porridge. This was a “delicious “ snack they all agreed .
Today the children have had fun discovering the animals on Old MacDonalds farm. The toddlers discussed what kind of sounds the animals made and what their babies are called. One of the children took the farmer for a ride on the horse. We also enjoyed listening to the story, singing the song and creating our own imaginative play with the farm animals. At one point the barn caught fire and a fire engine was called to put the fire out. Fortunately all the farm animals were saved, hoorah.
The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill whilst playing with water.
We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!
They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom. One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.
We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!
This week in the literacy area we have been continuing to explore letters in the world around us. The children were invited to create letter shapes using some beautiful spring flowers,
“I made a T with sticks.”
We also made an alphabet matching game to help us explore what letters sound like.
We hammered the nails into the wood.
We wrote the letters all by ourselves.
We chose the pictures for each letter and stuck them onto the wood.
Finally we could play our game!