The Living Eggs Project arrived and brought us some chicken eggs to look after. The Little Birds were very excited to watch the chicks hatch in the incubator. After this, they were placed in the brooder box. The children were fascinated to watch them move around freely.
We spoke about how to care for the eggs and chicks and exchanged ideas at large group time. This supported the children in developing their communication and listening skills as well as their understanding of the world.
The children noticed the chicks had grown bigger with wings and longer feathers. One chick flapped their wings whilst the practitioner was holding it.
The Little Birds had the opportunity to use their kind, caring hands to hold and stroke them.
We painted representations of chicks and created collages with feathers after closely observing them.
They had the opportunity to complete arts and crafts activities to develop their skills.
Little Birds used different types of soft chicks while singing ‘Five little chicks went out one day…’. This developed the children’s Mathematics skills, focusing on: counting, recognising numbers and subitising up to 5.
We read the books ‘Who is in the Egg?’ and ‘Maya’s Walk’.
The children enjoyed looking for bugs and minibeasts in our outdoors bug hotel and garden, using magnifiers and bug pots.
The chicks have now gone to a bigger enclosure on the farm; hopefully, we will receive chick updates on how they are developing.