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Bye Bye Butterflies!

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Bye Bye Butterflies!

After watching our caterpillars grow then go into their chrysalises, they turned into butterflies and it was finally time to let them go. The children chose the top of the hill near the secret garden to let the butterflies go. Carefully we took them up the hill then let them fly away…

 

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Under the Microscope

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Under the Microscope

Last Wednesday we were very lucky to have the microscopes in nursery all day. We had lots of fun looking at what we could see.

At first we thought it was a bit tricky to see things under the microscope but the boys had some good advice. They said to shut one eye like a pirate and then they could see!

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We had to be very careful with the microscopes. We looked in and turned them very slowly until the object came into focus. The girls then had an idea to draw the tiniest pictures they could to see what they would look like under the microscopes…

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We had lots of fun looking at things under the microscope. We were surprised how different things looked up close especially when we put our hands underneath!

To find out more click here to look at what Pearl Class got up to!

What’s Inside the Eggs?

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What’s Inside the Eggs?

 

We have had lots of fun exploring eggs in nursery. We went to see the chicks in Miss Parker’s classroom and have had lots of fun playing with plastic eggs …

Then we explored real eggs. At first we were very gentle and tried not to crack them but then we decided it was much more fun to see what was inside!

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How can you continue learning at home?

You can have lots of sensory fun with things you have around your home. It can get a little messy so you might want to try outside or in a big container like a washing up bowl. You could try…

Making bubbles with washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo, add whisks to help build muscles and mix up the bubbles.

Cornflour or custard powder and water makes ‘gloop’. It is a solid when you touch it quickly but if you move slowly turns to liquid.

Jelly is lots of fun to explore and a great sensory experience!

Shaving foam feels great when spread on a tray, use fingers to practice drawing and writing. Add sand to create fun sand foam and add bricks and diggers.

Before you throw away old cereals they are fun to explore in a tray with diggers and trucks or animals. Try cornflakes, oatmeal or cheerios.

Rice, dry pasta, popping corn, dried beans, lentils, salt and sand are great for filling trays.

Pretty much any small items are great for filling trays and containers for lots of fun sensory play!

Tealight Pancakes

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Tealight Pancakes

Yesterday we celebrated pancake day, we decided to make our pancakes a bit differently this year, the children cooked the pancakes!

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First we mixed up the pancake batter then we poured it into a little tin. Very carefully we lit a tea light candle and put it in a holder. We thought about how to keep ourselves safe. Then we put the tin over the candle, because it was made of metal the tin got hot so we added a peg to hold onto.

 

We watched the mini pancakes cooking. We could see them changing colour and changing from liquids.

Abraham – “When it’s cooked it won’t be wet anymore”

Paige – “I can see smoke (steam) it’s very hot”

Olivia – “You got to stay back”

Romeo – “I can see bubbles, its cooking”

Yusuff – “When it is cooked the pancake changes colour then you can toss it in the air”

Caitlyn – “I smell pancakes!”

We tried adding different amounts of mixture and cooking it for different times to see what happened.

We used the spatula to carefully turn our pancakes over. Then we added toppings.

We had lots of fun cooking the pancakes ourselves, we had to work very carefully and safely. As the pancake cooked slowly we could watch all the changes that happened. We liked being able to use the spatula ourselves to turn the pancake over. We also had some different flavours of pancake to try, lemon was our favourite!

How can you continue learning at home?

Being able to see how things change really helped the children to understand what was happening. At home you could cook together and watch how things cook.

The children loved it when they could see, hear and smell the changes that were happening. Why not try this at home by making your own play dough, helping to cook dinner, baking together, making popcorn or cooking pancakes?  Can the children talk about what they can see, hear and smell?

Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

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Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

This week in nursery we have had so much firework fun!

Here are some of our favourite activities …

Lava Lamps

We made our own lava lamps. First we followed instructions and filled the bottle with 2/3 oil, 1/3 water and a few drops of food colouring.

We watched the water sink to the bottom and separate from the oil, the colouring changed the colour of the water but not the oil.

Then we dropped in an Alka Seltzer and watched the colourful bubbles.

We changed the experiment by adding more water and food colouring or more tablets then talked about what we could see happening.

This is a great experiment for you to try at home and no mess!

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Sparklers and Hot Chocolate

As it was Bonfire Night last weekend we celebrated with Sparklers and Hot Chocolate.

We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and what we could see happening.

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Balloon Drop Painting 

Everybody loved this activity. We blew up balloons and dipped them in paint. Then we dropped them and rolled them onto black paper to create firework pictures. A sprinkle of glitter and they were done!

We had lots of fun and learnt our colours, we also thought about what would happen when we dropped them from different heights or if we rolled them instead.

You could try this activity at home with leftover birthday balloons, just be prepared for a little mess!

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Making Fireworks

We have had lots of fun making fireworks this week.

We used loose parts to make our own fireworks and  we made fireworks in the workshop our of tubes and paper.

We made gloop out of cornflour and water then added lolly pop sticks, food colouring and glitter to make our firework pictures. In the water tray we added gliitter, tubes and empty baubles and swirled the water to look like fireworks.

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Firework Pictures

We used crayons and blue paint to create firework pictures…

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10 Little Fireworks

In Maths we sang 10 little fireworks and practised our counting…

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Fizzy Apple Experiments

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Fizzy Apple Experiments

While we were learning about magic some of the children said they would like to do REAL magic!

Mrs Reed brought us lots of apples from her garden so we decided to do some fizzy apple experiments.

We cut out the middles of the apples and filled them with bicarbonate of soda.

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Then we poured in vinegar and watched what happened!

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The apples erupted and fizzed, just like magic.

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We experimented by adding more bicarbonate of soda and more vinegar.

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Gummy Bear Experiments

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We put gummy bears in different liquids to see what happened!

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Some went in vinegar.

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We looked at how they changed, felt them, then tasted them. Some children even wanted to taste the vinegar gummy bears (yuck)!

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Can you see what happened to the gummy bears?