The children had a wonderful day with their teddies and soft toys at Kindy during Teddy Bear’s Picnic. They chose several activities to do with their teddies including making honey sandwiches and honey cake, having a picnic and giving their teddies a push on the swing. The children particularly enjoyed the special music session with Mrs Lochel which was based around teddies.
Robert from Ngutana-Lui (meaning to teach) visited Kindy to share his culture with us. This visit included looking at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts, listening to the sounds of clapping sticks and the didgeridoo, and singing and dancing with Robert.
Robert taught us that things from nature such as turtle shells and kangaroo skins can be used for many different things. We will continue to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and perspectives in our Kindy programs.
It was a pleasure to have Sarah from Bee Yourself at Kindy to talk with us about the importance of bees. Sarah taught the children about native bees which we are lucky to have at our Kindy and she had some hives of her own to show us. Sarah demonstrated splitting our box hive and harvesting honey. The children tasted the honey and look forward to making baked goods using the harvested honey.
This term the children have been learning about “reuse, reduce and recycle”. To help with this, Jess from Mallow Sustainability came and spoke to the children about recycling. The children learnt about the different materials that can go in the recycling bin. Soft plastic like glad wrap can go to the recycling bins at the supermarket and charger cables need to go to the transfer station. Fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, eggs shells, leaves and grass clippings can go into the compost bin and make food for the plants in the garden. The worm farm is a great place for fruit and vegetables scraps. The children have been reducing the amount of rubbish going to landfill.
Street Science Term 2 Incursion
Our Junior Scientists were enthralled by an interactive show presented by Street Science. Each demonstration prompted a new scientific thought process and we were encouraged to share our predictions and develop our understanding of what we were seeing. From touching real clouds that were made in front of our eyes, predicting the results of colour changing chemicals using observations, to making snow from the powder found inside nappies – we developed our cognitive thinking as well as expanding on our language and vocabulary. Once our show came to an end, we were given all the materials to make our own instant snow!
In June, Robert from Ngutana-Lui (meaning “to teach”) visited us to share his Aboriginal culture with us. This visit included looking at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts, listening to the clapping sticks, didgeridoo playing, singing and dancing. One of the artefacts was a fishing spear. Robert explained how the fishing spear was used to catch turtles. Three men would go out hunting – two to row the canoe and one to jump out of the boat and throw the spear when a turtle came up to breathe. He then had to hold the turtle in a bear hug and the two men in the canoe would collect him and take him back to shore. This show extended the children’s learning about Australia’s First People.
Our annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic is an event that the children get very excited about. Together with their teachers, the children planned a wonderful day at Kindy for their teddies. The children made sandwiches to eat at the picnic. Honey, which was taken from our Native Bee Hives earlier this year, was a popular topping! We read stories about bears, painted pictures of our visiting teddies and had a special music lesson around Bears and picnics with our Music teacher, Mrs. Lochel.
This week at kindy, the children were visited by scientist Dr Joe. Dr Joe introduced the children to the basic process of scientific thought and investigation through a variety of science experiments and hands on learning. He encouraged the children to wonder about something and then to work out how it happens, then why does it happen. Throughout the process the children were encouraged to test out their ideas.
Some of the experiments included:
- Experimenting with air rockets
- Experiments with air and making a cloud
- Making gas in a tin can
- How sound is made
- Exploring white light
The children did lots of scientific thinking as to what would happen, how will we find out, testing out ideas, observations of what happened and why.
The children were then able to explore a variety of scientific toys and work out how they work and why. These included marble runs, things to look through, making vortexes, magnets, Newton’s Cradle.
The children thoroughly enjoyed being “scientists” in such a fun interactive hands on learning experience.
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.
The educators at Kenmore District Kindergarten are advocates for nature play. Please click the following link to read the blog on the Nature Play QLD website: