Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.
Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.
Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.
When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.
When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.
The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.
The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.
Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.
The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.
Today we had a little change about in the Discovery Room. We moved some of our areas to give us more space to explore and investigate. The children helped to redesign our play space and had lots of enjoyment playing in the new layouts of the areas.
With the different space the children decided to create their own big ramps. To see what could roll down them.
First we tried the car on the wooden plank. It went fast and rolled right across the room.
Next we tried to see how fast the car would roll down the big tube. It was very exciting waiting to see the car come out the other side.
Some of the children made their own ramp from the blocks. And decided to investigate what else would roll down the ramp.
We asked the question what else can we roll? We found that the cotton reels were great to roll down the wooden plank, they went almost as fast as the car.
We even discovered that the wooden circles spin and roll
Today was a very busy day in our Discovery room, I wonder what adventures tomorrow will bring.
We have been reading lots of books in the discovery room. We have been talking about book week and the importance of looking at books. We have discussed how books are full of information for you to learn new things, find out lots of facts and listen to a enjoyable story’s.
We enjoy listening to stories together at group times. We like to join in with the story and guess what happens next? When we read familiar stories we even get to help read along and recall the next part of the book.
We use books in areas of our discovery room, in our cosy area where we can have some time to look at books when we want some quiet time.
At our writing table to help us explore letters, words and an a special interest to inspire our pictures we make.
In our science area where we can explore fun facts and investigate science experiments.
Even in our building/construction area we look at books to help us learn about real life construction.
Books are such an important part of learning. We learn so many important skills from books. What are some of your favourite stories at home?
Welcome to the Discovery Room. Within this room we have lots of opportunities to explore, discover, design and create.
We have our science and technology area where we can investigate and discover how things work. We have our loose parts area where we can choose what fun and wonderful things we can create using a variety of natural materials. We also have a large construction area filled with different shapes, sizes and types of blocks.
This week the children have been busy exploring block play. They have been using their imagination and creative thinking to design and build amazing castles, houses, towers and car tracks. We also work well as a team to share our ideas and build together.