The children had a walk down to Musselburgh Lagoons to visit with the local ranger. On the way they enjoyed jumping in all the puddles especially the big ones. Nick and the children went fishing with nets and found minnows, tadpoles and a very big stretchy leech – which we found out likes to suck on blood. We then fed the swans special energy food as bread makes them sick. We discovered that the male swan has a bigger bump on his nose than the female.
The children also walked to the mouth of the river and saw lots of baby ducklings who were leaning to swim.
The following day the children made a thank you card and drew a picture of their favourite thing from the outing to send to Nick the ranger.
The children have been busy exploring the loose parts in the garden that were delivered to us last week. The long black pipe has been a great challenge – the children have had to discover how to make their way across without losing their balance. They placed a pipe between the tyres to create a jump or a place to crawl under. They also used different lengths of pipes to roll balls down, discovering which pipe was the fastest and which was the slowest. They have also been putting on a show on the stage that they created using the pallets. Great fun for free.
We have been extremely busy over the past few weeks at nursery. One of our children had talked about an activity they were going to try at home. With mum’s help, we were able to try this at nursery too. Joe was very good at giving us instructions on how to make ‘Grass Caterpillars’.
We were super excited when our real caterpillars arrived. We watched as they grew bigger and bigger and recorded their progress on a calendar chart. Soon they were inside their chrysalis and we waited patiently for them to emerge. On 4th June two painted lady butterflies emerged. We had to find out, using Google, what they would eat now. We discovered they like strawberries, apples and nectarines.
We are continuing to develop our garden and hope you are enjoying the beautiful splash of colour from our ‘bath planter’. The children have been taking great care of our plants and learning lots about nature. Thank you to everyone who has supported our garden project, we are delighted with the results. Thank you to Strawberry Corner for a fantastic visit, their advice and support.
The children have been helping to nurture our plants in the garden, they have been learning about what flowers and plants need to grow. We found out they grow best with sunshine and water. We will continue to look after them and observe the flowers growing.
PLEASE can we ask you to have a look at home for some missing items of clothing. We are missing a green camouflage jacket and a dark grey/black camouflage jacket. Also missing is a dark blue zip up hoodie – please can you check at home in case they have gone home by mistake. Thank you for your help.