It’s Easter already and the children have been enjoying lots of Easter themed activities, getting us ready for Spring. We have had an Easter table set up, introducing the children to lots of new vocabulary such as eggs, chicks, hatching and daffodils. The children have used shredded paper to make nests for their eggs, hiding chicks inside their eggs and matching colours.
They have filled baskets, which have been transported around the nursery as they talk to us about all the different objects they have collected.
Some of the children made these yummy cakes – they used their fingers to crush the shredded wheat, before adding melted chocolate and topping them off with chocolate eggs.
The children painted these gorgeous chicks. As well as this being a creative activity, it was also a lesson in following instructions. They were asked to use a sponge to make a body and a head. Then they used a cotton bud and were asked to give their chick two eyes. The children were then asked to paint two legs and a beak, and I think the results speak for themselves – they look brilliant.
We will be taking part in the ‘Living eggs’ programme, and our eggs will be arriving in May. The children will be able to see the eggs in the incubator and hopefully watch them hatch. Once hatched, they will get the opportunity to hold and help care for the baby chicks – we can’t wait! In the meantime, the children have been helping to care for our nursery pets, and have been petting and feeding the rabbits, Ella and Bobby.
We had an Easter egg hunt in the garden today, with all the children running around, getting very excited, collecting eggs and putting them in the basket before listening to some Easter stories.
We have been reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ this week, and have set up an activity for the children to play with and retell the story. This really helps the children develop new vocabulary when they have the objects to hold and play with as well as seeing the pictures in the book. We have been counting oranges, strawberries and plums and giving the caterpillar a ‘tummy ache’ and it is also another great introduction to life cycles as the caterpillar turns into a ‘beautiful butterfly.’
Happy Easter everyone!