The next sense that Kindy explored was our sense of taste. Miss Jen had prepared a variety of different foods that the children would have to blind taste! The foods included: honey, jelly, vanilla yoghurt, butter, lemon juice, chocolate, cheese, vegemite, raspberry jam, tomato sauce, crackers, fruits (strawberry, apple, orange, banana, watermelon), and cornflakes. Again, a child was blindfolded and another chose a food for them to blind taste. We used paddlepop sticks as taste testers. After tasting, the child guessed what the food was; the blindfold was taken off if they could not identify. After each food, we all had a taste of the food and described what each food tasted like (sour, slimy, crunchy, etc). It was so much fun trying to guess the food when we were blindfolded! ... See MoreSee Less
This week in Kindy, we will be focusing on our senses: smell, taste, touch, see, and hear.
Today, Miss Jen and the children looked at our senses of smelling and seeing.
Miss Jen had prepared little jars and containers of different scents; the children had to guess the scents using their sense of smell! Firstly, a child was blindfolded and another child picked a jar/container for them to smell. After smelling it, without the use of seeing, they initially guessed what the scent was. When the child was unable to identify the smell, they removed their blindfold and used their sense of seeing to identify what the smell was. The jar/container was then passed around the class for everyone to smell. The children took turns in smelling and seeing, and picking a scent. During the activity, after each scent was done, Miss Jen had flashcards for the children to see and to complete the 'What is the smell?' table. We had a lot of fun using our nose to smell the different scents; some were familiar to the children whereas there were also new scents to the children. The scents included: white pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, tomato sauce, cinnamon, cocoa powder, coffee beans, detergent, bbq sauce, mixed spice, tea leaves, and garlic! ... See MoreSee Less
Today in the Senior Kindy room we built a cubby. We used two tables , a rug and a blanket. All the children helped to organise where everything went. We placed cushions inside and also some toys to play with. "What does a camp really need i asked?" Sonny shouted 'FOOD!". Everyone agreed with him. I suggested a camp fire. So the children helped me lay out rocks around the fire "to keep the fire from spreading" i told them. Then they placed all the sticks and leaves in the middle. We then searched the room for something red that we could use as fire. The children came back with some red magnetic shapes. We put them on the fire and we sat around it warming our hands. Oh for some marshmellows! ... See MoreSee Less
Flynn, Declan, and Samuel spent the day in our Kindy room for a play! As the Kindy children were still interested in rainbows, we did a science experiment using milk, detergent, and colours.
First, Miss Jen helped the children pour some milk onto the plate. The children then carefully dripped some blue, red, and yellow colouring in the milk. Using a paddlepop stick, the children dipped the stick into some detergent then stuck the stick into the milk; and they watched the MAGIC happen! The colours in the milk began to swirl and twist around in the milk. As the red, blue, and yellow were swirling into each other, the three colours made other different colours: purple, green, brown, and orange. The children's plate of milk slowly became a plate of rainbow milk. The children loved the experiment and how the colours swirled around!
We discussed our thoughts about why the colours began to swirl when we put the stick of detergent into the milk: the colours are scared of the stick, the detergent made the colours swirl around, the colours went for a swim. Miss Jen explained that detergent and milk does not mix and that the detergent is actually floating on the top of the milk; while grabbing the colours. The detergent reacts to the fat in the milk and therefore the colours begin to swirl around. ... See MoreSee Less
Today in the nursery the children and educators began the day exploring lights and colours on our light board. The educators provided the children with a variety of resources to explore lights and colours with. Our nursery children had great fun exploring with lights and colours, looking down at the light board and picking up blocks to look through them. The children's faces lit up as they saw different colours lighting up!
Throughout this experience the children felt safe,secure and supported. This activity contributes to the children's social and emotional well-being and develops dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, creativity, and imagination. Through the verbal and non-verbal interaction that takes place, the children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating. ... See MoreSee Less