So it is Easter time here, it is a time to break from the usual routine. To stay inclusive in our setting during this time of year we focused our attention on chickens. Our focus this week was on the life cycle of chickens. We found a great flower experiment in the book The Everything Kids Science Experiment, where you fold a piece of sugar paper and it opens up to reveal a creature on a lily pad. We have adapted this idea and use it often to engage young children in more complex learning topics. Such as where do eggs come from: easy answer chickens. more complex answer, chick, hen, adult hen with egg, nest, lay egg, hatch, chick repeat.
We started with a picture of an adult hen growing an egg inside her, then a hen sat in a nest, progressing to an egg in a nest, to a chicken hatching, to a chick and finally an adult hen and repeated the cycle twice. Children were guessing what was coming up next, shouting out what they could see, and placing the flowers in the water themselves to reveal the image inside. One child spoke about the cycle being round like a circle. Here is a short video showing how the flowers open up below. The larger the flower the longer it takes to unfold, you can also use other paper sugar paper is the quickest to absorb the water and open up. The first flower looks a bit off colour this is because it has been used about 4 times, you can reuse this flowers by drying them out and refolding, the ink from one of the other chickens has leaked onto this flower.
This activity was followed by a few more chicken activities throughout the day. We made chicken noises in a cup, which the children found hilarious. As they said it sounded like the chicken was laughing. We saw the idea on www.allfortheboys.com.
The children painted the cups and we drew the chickens on (note to self: practice drawing chickens before starting craft otherwise your chickens look like they have bird flu.) A chicken pop which we thought of while doing a canister pop during a session a couple of weeks again.
Sensory sound eggs in a huge nest tuff inviting children to explore. Older children were asked to match sounds while younger ones were asked if their sound was loud or quiet. The eggs were filled with, pasta, rocks, sand, rice and pumpkin seeds to make our sound eggs. I will be recycling these large eggs to make dragon eggs for st Georges day later this month.
Painted egg hunt. Which was great as it combined fine motor skills and gross motor skills as well as developing maths skills when the children had to count the eggs to see who won.
Egg splat. I loved egg splat as older children were able to get lots of force in the egg as it hit the paper so the paint travelled further. The younger children observed and tried to copy which was nice as it created smaller prints next to the large lines of colours. I’ve been saving up old egg shells for weeks as I’ve been so keen to do this activity. That I have so many leftover that we may try it again tomorrow but this time place the eggs on the paper and try and squash them with a hammer or brick to make the paint spread.
Finally finishing with egg goo, because who doesn’t like making and playing with goo?
After preparing for Chicken and Egg week for so long, I don’t want it to end I’m having so much fun.