Our new stand arrived today for our water trough which meant our pouring experiments could take place off the ground. This was great, especially as the ground was so wet from all the rain. The children were able to measure their water in the jugs and pour it into different tubes to see which one would fill first.
The children were exploring different magnetic resources and what they stuck to.
We have discovered our wall is magnetic!
We also discovered we could collect the nuts and bolts using magnetic force!
Children have a natural desire to explore and experiment. “Gloop” is an interesting mixture with a unique texture and is a fabulous sensory and science experience for children to help them learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid are. It also offer children the opportunity for exploring mark making and pattern as they explore new materials other than pen and paper and use their fingers to create marks, lines, and shapes.
Later they added different paint colours into the gloop. The children wanted to see how one colour change to another colour when it was mixed together and predicted what colour they may see before it happened.
“It feels so sticky.”
“I can draw a big 0 with my finger”.
“It’s snowy and slimy!”
“I am making rainbow.”
Some of the children went to visit newborn lambs and chicks during their holidays and they are keen to learn more about ‘new life’ in the world around them at this time of year.
This week we explored the wonderful story of Whose Nest ? The children had great fun guessing which animal the nests belonged to and learned how each animal creates their nest in a different way to keep their babies safe.
We brought in some nests for the children to investigate
The children discussed who these nests could belong to? They had the idea they could use the story to help them and used the clues and pictures to help them decide. They decided they would show their answers through drawing. You can see some of their fantastic creations below.
Today the children in the toddler room were busy in the garden planting sunflower seeds. We were discussing what might happen to the seeds when they are watered and the heat from the sunshine beats down on them. The children loved the feeling of the soil in their hands.
“It feels all cold and messy!”
The children then designed their own plant pots with colourful sparkles!
Today the toddlers have made full advantage of the spring weather. We have been preparing the garden for lots more outdoor play.
We also have baby ducks in our water tray.
The toddlers also enjoyed painting daffodils using doilies and yellow paint.
Today the toddlers had great fun painting the flowers they made from salt dough yesterday.
The flowers were cooked and now look amazing thanks to the children adding some colour, glitter and personalising their own flower.
This created a good discussion about Spring and flowers starting to grow. We also discussed the different parts of a flower.
This week we went Pond Dipping at Rouken Glen Park.
We met Katie the Forest Ranger who showed us some of the water wildlife that we might find in the pond.
We used a big net to scoop the pond.
We emptied the nets into some tubs so that we could investigate what we had scooped out of the pond. Mostly it was small insects and there was something which looked like a worm.
We walked up to the waterfall where we looked at the direction that the water was flowing.
Before heading back to the bus, we had a play in the park.