Life Cycles

We have been learning about life cycles at nursery.The life cycle process fascinated the children and they watched daily to record the changes. They learned how the butterfly uses it’s long tongue (proboscis) to drink the sweet juice from the flowers (nectar).

The butterflies were released into the garden but we were lucky enough to see them up close.
The butterflies were released into the garden but we were lucky enough to see them up close.

(Tia, age 4) ‘When our caterpillars arrived they were little. Then they got even bigger because they had special food to eat. Soon they were sleeping in their chrysalis, sometimes it’s called a cocoon. They were in there for a long time. They turned into a lovely brown and orange butterfly.’
(Painted Lady Butterfly)
We experimented with the paint to learn more about symmetry.
We experimented with the paint to learn more about symmetry.

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We were also very luck to obtain some frogspawn. Again the children were fascinated. They helped to look after the tadpoles by cleaning out the tank and feeding them with special food developing their awareness of what is required to help them grow and how they change over time.
Helping to look after our tadpoles.
Helping to look after our tadpoles.

(Nathan, age 5) ‘The frogspawn changed and the tadpoles grew the back legs. Then the front legs came and it’s tail disappeared. They had turned into frogs.’
(Dylan, age 4) ‘The frogs jump and ‘ribbet’.
The tiny frogs were returned to the pond.frog

One thought on “Life Cycles”

  1. Imogen has been leaving sugar water in our garden for butterflies and bees. She really enjoyed the whole experience of the caterpillars and next year we will get our own.

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