Today we have been taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. This has been a yearly event and our participation means that the children become much more aware of the wide range of birds that visit our nursery garden.
We have our sheets printed and the children are primed and ready to go. They know it is a simple matter of watching the birds and in our garden and using the charts to record what we see....A line for each bird beside the relevant picture.
3 boys appear outside - clipboards and markers at the ready and full of enthusiasm bouncing up and down and saying "we need to count the birds... where are they?" They run around busily looking for birds to count - but this morning it is cold and there is very little food left in our feeders. We chat and agree that the first thing we need to do is get some food...so we find stale crackers, peanuts and some wildbird seed. Lots of children are keen to crumble up the crackers and scatter them on the ground. The bird seed is filled into the large recycled bottle that we use as a feeder...
And would you believe it - Birds are the topic of play for some children indoors too!!
Angry birds that is! Isn't it amazing how capable 3-4 year olds are with technology....A few weeks ago we played Angry Birds on an iphone and I was astounded at the level of skill shown by some boys. They then transferred this skill to the block area where they created a structure that mirrored the Angry Birds game. A small raffia ball was covered in masking tape and used to throw at the targets standing on the structure!!
Think of the thinking that has gone into the planning, preparation, plus physical skills, turn taking, rebuilding etc.. being developed!
Meanwhile back outside......
|No clip boards left for me, but I can manage|
|I'll just write my name here|
The small group of children who chose this activity were full of enthusiasm and they were delighted to see the different birds....
chaffinches - who amused the children when the dominant one chased the others away so he could eat the seed!!