Catching Waterbugs

The children have recently enjoyed having the fun, educational and interactive incursion by ‘Waterbug Wonders’.

Waterbug Wonders is an official Nature Play Queensland program and was run by Sue and Wanda.

The children learned about the various insects found in freshwater and were taught that they should use their local creeks and rivers to explore, appreciate and conserve the animals and insects which live in these habitats.

The children had a wonderful hands on experience with waterbug picking. Each child was provided with a selection of materials and water from a local creek. Using a spoon they caught bugs they saw in their tray and put them gently into small vials filled with creek water. The vials allowed the children to clearly see the bugs they had found. This activity was fantastic for developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor and observation skills. There were many types of waterbugs and some were very quick and well camouflaged. The children were encouraged to discuss the waterbugs that they had found.

The children learnt about the special things water bugs have that help them live in their water environment. We also were told a story illustrating the need to look after the creeks and the impacts of littering.

 

Bee Aware Incursion

On the 12th & 15th March, Toby from Bee Aware came and spoke to the children about bees, especially native bees including the tickle bees otherwise known as native stingless bees that we have at kindy.

The children learnt if there were no bees we wouldn’t be able to eat fruit, as many of the fruits we love like strawberries, oranges and blueberries rely on bees. Stinging Bees only sting because they are scared. If you stand still and just watch them, then you probably won’t get stung.

We found out how bees collect and make the honey and also how to ‘rob’ the hives; including a live demonstration. The honey that was collected was then poured into a jar. The best bit – we all had the opportunity to taste this yummy honey both straight from the hive and from the jug of collected honey. The children were fascinated.