At Seedlings we are very lucky to be surrounded by lots of open space where we can explore the natural environment and wildlife. Over the past few weeks, the children in the Buds Room (Our 2 year olds) have taken great interest in the birds that visit our garden. The Buds have a lovely room with floor to ceiling windows that look out onto their large garden. We have been making a variety of food to hang outside for the birds to eat. Using their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination the Buds threaded Cheerios onto tinsel stems (pipe cleaners) to make food hangers. We hung sliced apples in the trees and made food balls using bread, water and bird seed. The children used their hands to mould and shape the ingredients into small balls.
The Buds children get very excited putting the food out and will watch from the window for the birds to come eat the food, often shouting; “The birds are eating the food!” The children are now able to identify some of the birds. “Look a Robin” – Rosie.
“it’s a Magpie Katie” – Theo.
“I can see a Blackbird” – Suki.
We have seen Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Blackbirds, Magpies, Wood pigeons, Great Tits and our favourite being the Robin. We also have a cheeky squirrel that comes to eat the food too!
The Robins are very friendly and come close to us when we play outside. They even came and ate food from a bowl Katie was holding!
We talk daily about the birds we see and have access to bird and Nature books which the children love looking at.
Links to the EYFS;
- Seeks out others to share experiences out with
- Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks
- Uses simple sentences
- Learns new words rapidly and is able to use them in communicating
- Shows care and concern for living things and the environment
- Talks about some of the things they have observed
- Beginning to be interested and describe the texture of thing