Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chrysalis

Our caterpillars are forming in to their chrysalis
and we are watching.
Do you see them hanging from the top?
It's not the place where the children usually see them
and takes a moment or two for them to finally spot them.
But look there are still a couple down there.
I can pretend this caterpillar is going into a chrysalis.
Our bead caterpillars that we made last week and hung on the bulletin board
have all formed chrysalis too.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ahoy, Pirates!

A couple of weeks ago I brought out some pirate toys to see if the children
were interested.
And yes they were.
 
Stories started to appear in their play.
 
Many of them was around treasure.
"X" marks the spot.
Treasure of beads and buttons.
Time to expand this play.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Egg Centre

Our eggs have arrived and our chicken coop has been removed
because a disadvantage of using cardboard is that it does wear out.
Clea, the farmer, brought us four different kinds of eggs.
The colours are wonderful and varied.
As I put each kind in the incubator the children counted them.
The largest egg is the Copper Maran (dark brown)
and the smallest is the Leghorn.
It will be interesting to see the difference in size of chicks.
We talked about the incubator that keeps the eggs warm and moist.
 Then we used a calendar to predict when they should start hatching;
in about three weeks.
While we wait we will watch and play.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cups and Beads

I was given these coloured plastic cups so I put them on a table 
curious what, if anything, the children would do with them.
It didn't take long before they were being pulled apart 
then restacked.
Then I notice this family had added a container of wooden
beads that were handy on the shelf beside them.
The child matched one bead into each cup.
Soon others were using the beads with the cups too.
 I love getting ideas from the families that attend
so at the end of the morning I left the beads out with the cups.
 I was able to observe children stretch the play
and find a way to make it a fun learning experience for themselves.
I couldn't have planned these activities as well as the children
created them.
Did you notice that all the children were toddlers?


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our Caterpillars our Here

Our caterpillars finally arrived and to keep little fingers busy 
(and not shake the live caterpillars)
I added toy caterpillars in the leaves for them to find.
I posted this photo for the parents to learn the different parts
and share that information with their children.
At the art table we made stick caterpillars.
First they need a stick and then a pipe cleaner.
The challenge is to twist the pipe cleaner around the stick.
We used the glue gun to fasten one end then the other
after twisting.
A pom pom for the head,
and googly eyes,
maybe a bead for a nose
and an acorn cap for a hat.
Two cute caterpillars ready to crawl home.