Spring at Jack Straws Lane

At Jack Straws Lane we had a lovely time enjoying and learning about life cycles and spring animals. We received a delivery of 10 eggs from a company called “living eggs” The children watched and waited eagerly to see them hatch. Two days later the eggs hatched and we had 10 new born baby chicks, 6 girls and 4 boys.  

Chicks1

The children, parents and staff were fascinated and excited to see how much the chicks had grown each day. We used our thinking floor books to talk about what we think will hatch out of the eggs and we had a variety of discussions where we learnt about what the chicks eat and how to take care of them. Each day the children joined in with helping to feed the chicks' breakfast and ensuring they had clean bedding and water. We had many discussions about what each chick looks like, how they will grow and their changing features.

 Chicks 2

After two weeks of enjoying and learning all about the chicks, they were returned back to the farm. One of our staff members rehomed two chicks and we will now have regular visits from them and updates on how they have grown.

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At all University nurseries we like to encourage exploration at home as well as at your child's chosen setting. This spring why not create a bug house with your little one? Insects are a real fascination for many children, so encourage them into your garden so that children can view them up close. Plants like buddleia, lavender, thyme, rosemary and honeysuckle attract insects and make your garden come to life.

Bugs

It is easy to build a habitat for insects with any reclaimed materials you may have. A few logs stacked in a corner and left for a while will serve to attract plenty of insects underneath. Another simple way is to roll up some corrugated cardboard and leave undisturbed for a while to see what crawls inside.

A pitfall trap is a way of collecting insects overnight. Bury a yogurt pot in the ground and cover the bottom with stones, bark or moss. The next morning you can come back and see what you have found. If you have some clear jars and a magnifying glass this will enable you to study the insects up close before letting them go again.

Enjoy sharing your child's first introduction to entomology!