We are constantly working on different themes and projects from ABC and counting to nature, how things grow, pets or even themes such as pirate week. Here are some examples of just a few themes and projects that we have done in the past.
The Egg-citing project.
If you have been to our site before you may have seen our past duckling project. Sadly our duck numbers have declined over the years as they have gone on "holiday" with the fox and the kids loved it so much last time we decided it was a good time to do it again in 2013.
The first step was to find some eggs, luckily we had a good detective team on the case. Next we put the eggs in the incubator and it became a waiting game...until one day there was a little tapping noise and look what followed.
Now we have 3 healthy ducks named Cheap Cheap, Shelldon and Peakin (this one has a slight eye problem so quite an apt name).
Bug Bingo and Hunt
We love to go on an adventure and explore the fields and gardens that we have here. There is so much to see when you start to look a little closer.
I'm not sure what the bugs thought about the invasion on their homes under the rocks but needless to say no animals were injured in the making of this intrusion and all were put back safely.
Every year the local farmer comes to cut our grass in the field and the children love the tractor just as much as he does so he can't help but show it off to them.
Amongst all our fun we do take education seriously although the children haven't cottoned on to this yet. Learning should be fun and we always take pride in this.
Where do ducks come from?
In April 2008 we replenished our flock of ducks and the children followed the process right from the beginning starting with putting the eggs in the incubator. We would then check regularly to see whether they had hatched and eventually they were able to hold them, feed them and even see them take their first bath. We managed to successfully hatch 9 ducklings which are now fully grown beautiful ducks that roam our grounds. This was one of our most special projects and it was lovely to see the children so fascinated and gentle with the new additions. What can we hatch next time?
How do things grow?
We introduced a growing project and children got to plant their own herbs. They also learnt about the cylce from apple to seed and then to tree. The children love cooking and going to pick the fruit and as you can see there is a pretty good reward at the end of all that hard work and learning.