We began this week with a cooking experience. Karen runs these experiences and the recipes used are usually favourites of hers to do with children or suggestions. If you have any suggestions for what we could cook with the children, we would be happy to give these a try. The children made sausage rolls, half were sausage meat and the other half were vegetarian. The children were required to measure out ingredients, grate carrot and potato and roll the sausage rolls up themselves. This was a fun experience and the children seemed to enjoy how involved they got to be. Most of the children tried the sausage rolls at the end and appeared to really enjoy them.
Once inside, the children examined the effect time had had on their carnation experiment. All of the flowers had changed colour and the children deduced that the flowers had sucked up the water; this made them change colour. The purpose of this experiment is to assist the children in drawing the link between the flowers needing water to grow and the water we pour on our vegetables to help them to grow. At this age, children benefit from visual explanations and this one is quite clear for them. In addition to this experiment, we have been looking at worms this week. We began reading a book about how worms help our flowers and vegetables to grow. This assists in the children’s understanding of the interconnected nature of insects and plants. Next week, we will take a closer look at bees and flowers.
Jess, Karen and Fiona