Lily found a stick insect on the way to Pre School yesterday. It was on a tap near the Senior Citizens building. We all went out to have a look. It had amazing with and green stripes on its body and it was very big. We had a good look at it with the magnifying glasses. What does it eat? Stick insects eat leaves – but not all leaves, each species has a favourite leaf they like to eat. It is called a stick insect because it looks like a stick and it has six legs like all insects.
Today we found a cricket inside the room. The girls feed it a variety pf plants and they tried to catch some flies for it – “because we don’t know what they eat.’ then they gave it some water. We learnt that crickets eat both plants and animals – they are omnivores.
We have been improving our scissor skills with lots of cutting practice recently. This week we practiced cutting play dough for something different.
This is a great story to introduce the concept of ‘sharing’ with the children. Each time the doorbell rings the children have to re share out the cookies so that everyone get the same amount. We used plastic people and counters to represent what was happening in the story. They children shared by ones and they learnt to go around the people until there were no cookies left.
The four year olds enjoyed the challenge of jumping on the footprints. The footprints faced different ways and they had to make sure they jumped to match the picture.
Using inspiration from facebook, we practiced our cutting skills to create dogs and cats from magazines. The children had to cut out the pattern and paste it onto the magazine pages. Then they had to cut our the shapes again. They had fun putting the pieces together and then adding some collage for an extra dimension.
On Thursday we used a stem of a ‘Bird of Paradise’ as inspiration at our art easel. We talked about the colours that we would need to make our art. Thye children were interested in how the plant got it’s name and we could see how the bloom looked like a bird.