Monday, November 18, 2013
Maybe I should have added this post onto 'From Trash to Treasure', but this is so much more.....
Crates are our most valuable resource! They have been turned into towers, engines, cars, machines, baby beds, chairs, teenage mutant ninja turtle houses and so much more.
We use them to intertwine hoses and add funnels to create a water machine or for children to explore gravity!
This was part of a bicycle that we found on the side of the road . The wheels were added to our climbing frame . There is a handle which is part of the inner rubber tubing of the stationary bike. Keep watching for what we do with the rest of the bike!
We hope to add interactive parts to our bicycle and create a mechanical tree!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
You know what they say, one person's trash is another person's treasure! And that's just what we found with these old fans that were on the side of the road looking for a home...
|So we collected them, pulled them off their bases, and held them up to the wind to see if they would spin...AND THEY DID! So, we decorated them to emphasize the spinning action and hung them up.|
|This stand will be perfect for attaching a microphone for all of our live performances.|
|And this casing will work beautifully as a sifter in our sandpit. |
STAY TUNED FOR MORE 'TRASH TO TREASURE' STORIES FROM OUR KINDY!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Building a brick wall!
yes, we used cement!
As part of our inquiry of ' How things grow" a child said
"houses grow" which led us to look at how houses are built . we built clay house making clay bricks and realised, wow! building takes a long time. We then decided to create a wall with real bricks and cement . We mixed cement .gathered all our bricks( left over pavers) and set about building a wall.
The Children were so engaged in mixing the cement and carefully pl;acing bricks making sure they were straight and that they had enough cement to hold it down.
It took negotiation, co-operation and team work to get our wall up.
Here it stands!
Bubbles and more!
We have been exploring ' How Things Grow' and here have a look at how to make bubbles grow..
Step 1: trays of water
Step 2: add detergent
Step 3: provide plastic tubes
Step 4: make it irresistible
Step 5: we added rose petals and food dye to make different coloured bubbles.
And let the blowing begin! My bubbles are bigger!
The children were engaged for hours and our pictures tell the story!
Making it inviting !
At group time we also looked at how else we could grow the bubbles!
Happy bubble growing!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A Natural Outdoor Physical Environment
We're encouraging a natural look and feel to our outdoor environment by providing lots of wood, earthy colours and natural materials wherever possible.
|We use our crates with wooden planks and old palettes as garden stands.|
|We use wooden off cuts, logs, rope and material to set up this open ended play experience.|
The see-saw we created from a log, a plank and some hay.
Our music wall with bamboo, wood, and chimes to create soft wooden sounds.
Our beautiful tree house - it's growing!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Flowers for sale!
We set up a flower shop. We used our existing hay bales to poke the flowers in . Luckily we found a box of flowers in hard rubbish as so we had a whole lot of flowers to use . Some were large arrangements other just single stems.
We had so much fun sorting the flowers by colour. Apparently the red ones are expensive.
There was a whole new inventive system of pricing.
Trays of sand also helped us arrange the flowers for sale .
Baskets and bags were needed to purchase the flowers.
Looking at a magazine with flowers arranged beautifully might lead us into providing a flower arranging experience for our children.
And of course we needed a sign! we also found that taking the heads of the plastic flowers encouraged children to make their own arrangements by choosing what flowers they could poke onto the stems.