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A Selection of Activities from our Summer Term

posted 3 Sep 2017, 02:19 by Zoe Hendy   [ updated 3 Sep 2017, 02:54 ]
Once again it has been an interesting and somewhat busy time at Hambrook Hedgehogs over the last term. 

One morning the children found 2 large blocks of ice in the tray. They soon discovered there were dinosaurs inside and set to work trying to get them out.


As they touched the ice it began to melt leaving a puddle in the tray which was fun to watch as it rippled and bounced when the children moved the ice. They tried rubbing the ice to warm it and dropping it to break it.


The children worked together talking about what was working.  For example, using one of the freed dinosaurs to break parts of the ice. 

Recognising their hands were helping to heat the surface and making it melt quicker, one of the children suggested putting the ice in the water to help it melt faster “because the water is warmer than the ice”. 

Eventually after lots of effort the 3 triceratops and the "raptor" were successfully freed!


We watched our ‘hungry caterpillars’ grow and transform into beautiful butterflies. 

The children showed interest in the life cycle with some eagerly coming in asking to see what had happened overnight or since their last session in preschool.

 
When our butterflies hatched we watched them for a while inside the habitat testing their wings and eating some of the sugary water. It was fascinating.

We took them out to the nature area and all the children sat quietly and watched as we carefully let them out of the habitat.

Some flew away almost straight away but others sat for a while on our hands so we could observe them really closely before they moved away from us on their journey to start the life cycle again.








We made some refreshing "Hungry Caterpillar fruit salad" for ourselves. We used the ingredients from the story - 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries and the juice from 5 oranges.

In addition to practicing our skills at peeling, segmenting, cutting and squeezing fruit, it was a great opportunity to talk about what we remembered from the story and to discuss the healthy foods that the caterpillar ate. 



We were also able to use the opportunity to practice our counting skills and mathematical language as we discussed how we could cut pieces of fruit into a particular number or ‘in half’ or ‘into quarters’. 



During one of our adventures to the lower garden we used clay and plenty of resources we discovered in the gardens to make our own special ‘faces’ and ‘people’ on some wooden den posts and the trunks of trees.


The children had to first mould the clay and find a special place for it.  They then hunted for suitable twigs, leaves, fallen flower heads and seed pods to make the creature or person.  We had interesting eyes, ears and noses as well as in some cases arms and legs and even some spikes for a hedgehog! 


During the last week of term we had an amazing day in Hambrook. Denzel the animatronic dinosaur paid a visit to Hambrook School and all the pre-schoolers were able to meet him too.


We gave him some magic dinosaur food and he even borrowed one of the children's sun hats to wear! What a wonderful way to end the preschool year.