God’s creation is so amazing we brought some of it into Kindy!
How did God know to make little seeds that grow roots, stems, leaves and flowers for us to use and enjoy? God thought of so many colours, patterns, fragrances and designs!
God really is …
We planted seeds and seedlings in our Kindy garden bed- Sweet Peas, Linarias, Forget-Me-Nots and Splash of Pink seeds along with Primula seedlings. We are patiently watching for the roots to grow and the little green shoots to pop up out of the soil!
We can enjoy many of God’s plants in our foods too! We used a grater and Pestle and Mortar to grate and grind spices- Cardamom, Fennel,Cloves, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cinnamon and Star Anise.Mmmm…such wonderful fragrances to tickle our noses!
We also pinched little pieces of herbs – Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Basil- to grind and taste.
These pinching, grating and grinding activities help us to develop the strong hand and finger muscles we need for writing and fine motor tasks.
As part of our Science Day and Night conversations and experiences we set up a Native Wildlife Rescue Centre at Kindy.
We learned that many of Australia’s native animals are nocturnal due to our harsh environment. We have been busy tending to our poorly Possum, Bilby, Kangaroo, Wombat, Cockatoo, Echidna and Crocodile in the centre, bringing them back to good health with our tender loving care! It has been very important to write up informative records about each patient on the clip board forms so that they all receive the best possible care tailored to their needs.
Our Vets and nurses have driven the rescue vehicle through the bush to rescue these wonderful creatures and brought them to the centre for medical attention. All is well now and our patients have been returned to their bush habitats!
Starry, Starry Night
Our night time inquiry included a picture talk on Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry, Starry Night” famous art work. We noticed that although it is a night time picture, the moon and starlight allowed us to see the landscape and little village nestled in the valley Curiously the tree is not green, but black at night! Mrs Fleming took some night time photos of trees and indeed they were black too!
We used “Sgraffito” techniques on blackened rainbow scratch paper to create nightscapes of our own!
Did you know that sunflowers follow the path of the sun throughout the day? Vincent Van Gogh spent many years painting the fields of sunflowers that grew where he lived in France. We made observational drawings using black pen and watercolours of sunflowers too. we had to look very closely at the thick stems, patterned leaves, circles of colours in the seeds and the multitude of petals around the centre. They make you feel sunny on the inside!