Our final Continent, Antarctica!

This continent is a little different from the others as it has no countries in it and no people who live permanently there.

It is the southern most continent and is covered in ice, it is far too cold for humans to live there, but lots of scientists go there to carry out research. At Cockenzie Nursery we have been talking lots about how we can care for our planet, at the moment many people have stopped using aeroplanes, buses/cars and big boats. This can really help our planet as it reduces pollution and helps to stop the melting of the ice in Antarctica.

Can you remember other things that we can all do to help care for the planet?

Humans don’t live in Antarctica but lots of animals do.

I wonder how animals can stay warm enough to live here? Let’s do a little science experiment to find out!

Challenge – Can you be an Antarctic science researcher and find out how blubber helps to keep the animals warm?
You will need butter, a bowl, water, ice, cling film or a plastic sandwich bag and a timer!

Your hands represents the animals inner bodies, the butter represents the blubber and the bag/clingfilm is like a layer of skin.

  1. You will need to fill up a big bowl of cold water and put lots of ice in.
  2. Cover one hand with clingfilm.
  3. You then need to cover this hand in butter, make sure you use lots so it covers all your skin.
  4. Wrap your buttery hand in another piece of clingfilm or put it into your sandwich bag.
  5. Now place this hand in the icy water how long can you keep it in for? Use the timer!
  6. Try with your other hand that has no butter or bag on.
  7. Which hand can you keep in the water the longest?

The world is so big and it is exciting to explore different places and learn about all the wonderful people and animals who live here! We hope you have enjoyed Diversity Week! 🙂

Today we are off to Asia, we are going to explore the country India!

India is one of the largest countries on earth and has the second highest population in the world.

This is the Indian flag.
India is also home to lots of amazing wildlife including Indian elephants and the Bengal tiger.

There are lots of different religions in India. During Hindu festivals the people decorate with beautiful art called Rangoli. They use lovely bright colours and decorate the streets and their houses. The Rangoli is supposed to bring good luck.

Rangoli can be made with fabric materials, coloured sand, paint or even flower petals.

Challenge – Can you make your own Rangoli masterpiece?

Beautiful Rangoli art!

I am sure most of you have tried Indian curry before. It is my favourite food! Why not try making some tasty chapati’s, they are so simple and a great activity for developing fine motor skills.

Kneading is a great activity for building up hand muscles!
You don’t just have to eat them with curry, they taste fab with soup or even as a wrap with some cheese in!

North America and the Native American People.

North America is coloured in red on the map above.

The Native American people are the people who first lived in in North America. There were many different tribes of people who lived across the whole continent and there are still Native American people who live in America and Canada today.
I am sure lots of you have seen the film Pocahontas, that was based on a real Native American lady who lived a long time ago.

The Native American people built all kinds of homes to suit the different environments they lived in.

I wonder which house was the warmest? What do you think?

Mrs Pollard took her dog Jess for a walk in Butterdean Woods and whilst she was there she found some fantastic dens, we think they look just like wigwams!

Challenge – What can you find in your house or garden to build your own traditional Native American house?

I have seen so many beautiful pictures of the wonderful things you have all been collecting on your nature walks. Maybe you could also make a lovely Native American wind chime!

Today we are off to Africa! We will be exploring the country Kenya.

This is the Kenyan flag

Africa has lots of different countries in it. You can see in red where Kenya is on the map below. I wonder if you could find Scotland on your own today? It’s quite tricky, let us know if you can manage!

The Maasai tribe live in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are famous for their beautiful singing and dancing. They also wear very colourful clothing. They often where red which is to scare away lions.

Can you dress up as a Maasai warrior?

The Maasai people wear beautiful necklaces that the Maasai women make with beads.

Challenge – Can you make your own Maasai necklace?
You will need a paper plate, scissors and paint/pens and glue if you would like to glue any beads/materials on. We also used ribbon at the bottom of our necklaces to add feathers and beads.

All you need to do is cut out the middle of the plate. If you fold the plate in half it is much easier. Next make one cut into the remaining circle so you can wear it as a necklace. Your adults can help you with some of the cutting if it is too hard. Then you are ready to decorate!

Wow, look at this fab design!

In Maasai tradition the young boys have jumping contests when they become Maasai warriors.

Here are some of our Cockenzie warriors having a go!

Who can jump the highest in your house?

South America – Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest.

Today we are going to have a look at the Amazon Rainforest. It is the biggest rainforest in the world and runs through six countries. Over half of the Amazon Rainforest is in a country called Brazil.

This is the flag of Brazil.
Brazil is marked in red. Can you find Scotland on the map with your grown up? Which Country is bigger?
Have a look at these facts with your grown up. There are also different tribes who still live in the Amazon Rainforest.
Imagine how different there lives are to ours here in Scotland.

You can watch a little video about the Amazon here-https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JEsV5rqbVNQ

Challenge – Can you make a rain maker that sounds just like the rain falling in the Amazon Rainforest.

You will need a cardboard tube (kitchen roll, sweetie tube), small nails, drawing pins, tape to cover the ends, rice, beans/grains to fill it with. You can decorate your rain maker with paper, paint, wool, whatever you can find!

You need to put lots of small nails/ drawing pins in your tube, if you have a very solid tube you might need to ask for help from your grown up (you can use a hammer if needed). Remember they are sharp, use extra care like when you are at the woodwork bench at nursery. (If this is too tricky for the younger children, you can make the holes for them and then they can thread them in.)

– When all the nails are in you then have to sellotape up one end of the tube so no rice can escape! Then carefully pour about half a cup of rice into the other end. If you have a funnel at home they are really handy to help you pour! You can use dry beans, lentils etc too. Then seal up the other end.

The final step is to decorate your rain maker! Maybe you can make it colourful like the rainforest!

Slowly turn it up and down, can you hear the rain?

Hola! Today we are going to explore Spain, a country in Europe!

Mrs Erussard used to live in Spain and she has lots of family who still live there. Watch Mrs Errusard’s video, can you learn some spanish words with her?


Have a listen to the national anthem of Spain.

Spanish music and dancing is beautiful!

Challenge – Can you make a spanish omelette? I tried Mrs Errussard’s and it was delicious!

Celebrating Diversity Week!

At Cockenzie Nursery we love to learn about the world and all the people who live here. We celebrate different ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures. This week we are going to explore the seven Continents of the world.

Our first stop is Australia all the way over on the other side of the world! The indigenous people of Australia are the Aboriginal people. They have many famous Aboriginal artists. One particular style of painting they do is dot painting. They often use very earthy colours in their paintings such as reds, oranges, browns and yellows. In the Hub this week we were exploring different Aboriginal paintings and creating our own.

This is the map of Australia it is very big!
This is the Australian flag.
Beautiful Aboriginal art.

Challenge – Can you make your own Aboriginal dot painting?
You will need some paper, paints and either cotton buds or the end of a paintbrush to make your dots.