We have been having an “egg”cellent time duringthe last few weeks with all of our egg activities while preparing for Easter. Now our focus is switching to the countdown to the arrival of our baby chicks and ducks. If we are correct, they should start hatching next Monday. Here’s hoping!
We are also learning about other animals that hatch from eggs. Ask your children to tell you some. Many of our activities are focusing on birds and eggs. In the blue room, children can work at the sensory table and “build a nest” for birds and feed their babies the worms and bugs.
In the green room, the children have been having fun creating their own baby chick that pops out of a shell and making clay nests and eggs.
In the yellow room the children have been making predictions about what happens to an egg when exposed to different solutions, such as vinegar and water. It’s a great way for them to explore their scientific thinking skills.
In addition to all of this, we have been planting in Elsa’s garden. Susan Taliaferro helped the children plant several types of herbs, lettuces, and strawberries. Thanks, Susan, for all your hard work organizing this project! It will be fun watching our herbs and vegetables grow and letting the children eat what they have grown.
We also have beautiful flowers in the garden growing from the bulbs planted in Elsa’s memory last fall. While the real flowers are growing outside, the children can come to the blue room to create a flower arrangement of their own design. We have already seen some wonderful arrangements.
To help round out our experience with the garden, we will be studying the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The blue room’s dramatic play area has been turned into the giant’s castle, complete with a beanstalk, created by the children, a hen laying the golden egg, a harp and golden coins.
We’ll be planting our own beans and predicting what will a happen to them and learning springtime planting poems. In the green room the children are making beanstalks that they can then place around the castle as part of their dramatic play. In the yellow room there is a beanstalk game that incorporates counting and trying to keep the castle balanced.
As you can see, we are having a very busy and delightfully fun time each day. We will let everyone know when we have babies so you can stop in and see them for yourself.
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