Eariler this week our very talented toddler children explored a painting exwith the paint brushes as moved them back and forth across the paper, they explored both the texture of the paint and the effects of the paint on paper. The toddler children showed great enthusiasum as they all become wonderful artists. This painting experience allowed the toddler children to explore the colour green in a fun sensory activity. ... See MoreSee Less
Our theme at the moment in the Senior Kindy room is dinosaurs.I had frozen some dinosaurs in balloons with water and i brought them in for the children. After i had peeled the balloons off they looked just like transparent eggs. I explained to the children that these dinosaur eggs were very cold and needed to be warmed up to be able to hatch. How can we warm them up?. We discussed that we could use the hot sun, our warm hands and one children buried his egg in the sand and sat on it like a chicken. The children all ran excitedly around holding onto their eggs whilst their hands got a little cold and the water dripped between their fingers. Some of the children experimented with throwing them on the floor to break them open. This worked well but others preferred the slow way of using heat. They got so excited and exclaimed "Look, it's feet are coming out as the ice around that part melted. We worked out that the quickest way out of the egg was to break it on the floor. The children all played with their dinosaurs after.
Children are learning what happens to ice when it gets warm. They are learning to find out what ways are quicker to melt or break their ice. They are having fun and learning to share their discoveries with their peers. ... See MoreSee Less
Seed Germination Kindy started seed germination learning: the process of a seed becoming a plant! As we watched an animated video about seed germination, Miss Jen explained: seeds/beans have a seed coat that protects the seed; the first thing that grows out of a seed/bean is a root and that roots helps to anchor the seed; the plant searches for sunlight when it comes out of the seed and grows toward the sunlight; and we need water, sunlight and warmth, and soil (plant food) to grow a seed/bean. We compared the needs of growing a seed to us (humans), and we realised that seeds are just like us....we need water, we need clothes (seed coat), we need food (soil), and we need the sun (sunlight and warmth) to survive! We also talked about how the seed/bean takes time to grow...just like us too! Miss Jen had brought in some green beans for the children to explore seed germination! We used plastic cups, water, green beans, and cotton balls. We used cotton balls instead of soil first because Miss Jen want the children to see the roots grow from the seed; and then we can transfer our plant (when it grows out) into soil. Before we put in the green bean, we studied the bean. We could see the green layer of the bean is the 'seed coat' and that the yellow is the actual bean. We finally placed our beans in the cup and placed our cups on a little trolley. We wheeled the trolley outside in the sun as we know that the beans need warmth and sunlight to grow!
The children looked after their seeds/beans everyday by spraying water into their cups and moving the trolley around so it is constantly under the sun. Look at how much our green beans have grown in a week! The children were very excited and happy to see their beans growing into a plant with leaves! ... See MoreSee Less
We have been discovering dinosaurs in the Senior Kindy room this week and have created lots of beautiful art work and learnt many interesting facts about dinosaurs. For todays craft activity we made paper plate dinosaurs. I had a collection of dinosaur heads, tails and legs cut out of paper ready for the children to stick on. They each had half a paper plate each for the body. The children busily painted their dinosaurs and then chose where to apply the body parts. We got out our large dinosaurs again and the children shared those as their big dinosaurs ate the little dinosaurs in their role play. Lots of wonderful imaginations. ... See MoreSee Less
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