Recently, we took our kindergarten class to a local wildlife marsh. The children got to see and explore so many different things in nature. We had quick lessons on turtles, frogs, insects, plants, etc…it was a great connection to what our students have been so interested in learning about these past few weeks. It was also a great way to do some inquiry-based learning while the children are so captivated by it all.
Today, I introduced them to a game called “Egg Hatch”. I read a non-fiction book about things that came from eggs before we began the game. Next, we all stood on the edge of our large carpet. I explained that one person would crouch down and be an egg. That person would think of something that came from an egg and would then pretend to grow into that animal. I went first. I was an egg that grew into a duck. As soon as a child thought they knew what hatched, they had to put their hand in the air and I would then pick the person who could try to guess. The person who guessed it first got to go next. The children pretended to be frogs, turtles, birds, chickens and one child pretended to be a crocodile.
Not everyone got a turn today due to our large class size, but we can play again tomorrow!
It was such a beautiful day today that we decided to go on a nature hunt. We collected pine cones, leaves, rocks, and anything else the children thought they use in the art centre. We brought everything in and sorted the items into bins (this part was an excellent math activity). I then let the children decide what other art supplies we would need to create a new art centre (this promoted co-operative play, and turn-taking). Once it was all set up, the children loved creating their own art with everything we brought inside.
Some children painted large rocks. Some children made leaf collages. Others painted pine cones. Each child who went to the art centre created their own unique work of art with the nature we gathered from outside today.
Tomorrow, we are going to put some of the art up on display to show off our kindgarten students’ creativity to the school!