Icky Stick Bugs: Kindy Blue
We began Term Four by reading the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and viewing artworks created by the author Eric Carle. Inspired by his work we began using his technique to create our own works of art. We explored mixing the primary colours red, blue and yellow to discover new colours, then used scrapers, forks and bubble wrap to add texture to our work.
We then turned these paintings into pictures inspired by the illustrations we had seen in the story. We drew shapes then cut and pasted the shapes together to create caterpillars, suns, leaves, eggs and butterflies.
After observing our class silkworms close up using magnify glasses we had many questions, but the most common question was whether or not our silkworms would make a cocoon and turn into a butterfly just like the Hungry Caterpillar. The silkworms were indeed eating A LOT of mulberry leaves, almost as many leaves as the Hungry Caterpillar in the story!
Some children decided to investigate if all insects made cocoons. They made bug catchers at the collage table and searched outside to find insects.They then put them bug catchers and observed them in class. Unfortunately the insects escaped before we could find out if they made cocoons.
Other children decided to retell the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ using some props found in the reading corner. We recorded the recount using the iPad.
Delighted by the discoveries made when mixing primary colours, we decided to explore what happens when we mix different amouts of yellow and blue in water. The children were delighted by the many different shades of green they created and recorded their discoveries using the iPad.
Stay tuned for our next post where we discover what happens to our silkworms when they hatch out of their cocoons!
Term 3 Week 10
We have had so much fun in Kindy this term and I am so proud of the efforts and achievements of all the kindy kids! To round off this term we read a story called ‘The Runaway Damper Man!’ Based on the traditional fairytale ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ this story tells the tale of a swagman out in the Australian bush cooking damper on a campfire. Just when the swagman is about to enjoy the damper with butter and jam, out jumps the damper man and off he runs yelling ‘Catch me, catch me if you can! I’m the Runaway Damper Man!’
After reading the story we decided to set up our own ‘Damper Cafe’. We had fun rolling out the dough to make damper men and putting them in the oven to cook. We sold the damper men to lots of customers who thought they were delicious!
In the story, the damper man must cross over a bridge to escape from a kangaroo that wants to eat him. We decided to make our own bridges for the damper man to cross. We had to make sure the bridge was high enough for the water to flow through underneath, wide enough to fit across the river and had rails to stop the damper man from falling of the sides.
Last of all we decided to cook our own damper to eat. We carefully measured all the ingredients, mixed and kneaded the dough and placed the damper in the oven (luckily the damper man didn’t escape and run away!) Then we sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed our damper with jam and butter!
We hope you enjoyed reading about all our adventures in Term Three! Have a wonderful relaxing break and we look forward to more fun-filled days next term!
Term 3 Week 6
Look who came to visit us in Kindy Blue! It’s Hush, the little possum from the story ‘Possum Magic!’ Hush had a special letter for the kindy kids to read. He wanted to know all about his new kindy friends and asked that they write back straight away!
The kindy kids got busy right away! There were many letters mailed to Hush telling him how much we loved him and inviting him to have afternoon tea with us!
Hush arrived at the tea party and everyone shouted ‘Surprise!’ It was a surprise birthday party for Hush! Everyone joined in singing ‘Happy Birthday’. The chocolate cake was cut and shared among the people at the party.
We enjoyed the birthday cake so much that we decided to make more birthday cakes using shaving cream and foam blocks.
In the story of ‘Possum Magic’ Grandma Poss makes magic that turns Hush invisible! We decided to experiment with colour, vinegar and baking powder to make our own kind of magic!
We had so much fun learning about stories through play! Stay tuned for our next adventure!
Term 3 Week 4: 7th August 2018
Yummy! Chewy! Wombat Stew!
This term we started off our science inquiry unit by reading ‘Wombat Stew!’ The children enjoyed watching the characters come to life in our puppet show and using tapping sticks to join in with the chorus. We were very excited to gather the ingredients we needed to make our own wombat stew, so off into the bush we went!
After making our stew, we explored the bush again to identify natural and non-natural materials. We went on a scavenger hunt to look for natural items we could use in our centres back in the classroom.
We have been very busy back in the classroom using the materials we found in the bush. We have been making bush animals out of play dough and drawing detailed pictures of materials observed under a magnified glass. We even sorted and counted the number of natural items we found!
Stay tuned for more bush adventures in Kindy Blue!