How many of us take a moment to stare in the pond? Encourage our children to take a moment and appreciate the world around them? Learning life cycles can be a great way for children to help them understand how the world works and the life cycles of living organisms. This will help them understand the changes they will encounter as they grow! It will also help them to appreciate the nature and beauty of the world.
The Teeny Weeny Tadpole
At Acorns Day Nursery, when we teach new things to our children, a good old story never goes a miss! Pairing learning intentions with a book, helps our children develop a better understanding. This is due to the repetition of reading and child-friendly ways of explaining. “The Teeny Weeny Tadpole” centres around a tadpole who desperately wanted to jump, like some of the other sea animals around him. Soon he became a froglet and achieved his goals! Hop-fully he will be jumping high in the sky!
This taught the children that frogs are not just born as frogs, they encounter a life cycle before they become one.
Important Life Cycles
Ashleigh explained to the children that frogs grow from small tadpoles to big frogs, just like humans grow from little to big. She conducted a sorting activity, to help the children understand more life cycles. She set out some sorting cards with different steps in the life cycles of a frog, butterfly and chicken. The children have been practising their life cycles at nursery, so they were confident on the frogs! We spoke about how frogs start as a “frogspawn” then they become a “tadpole” , soon they “grow legs” and become a “froglet” and as they grow bigger they become a “big frog.” I’m sure they won’t frog-et!
They experimented with other life cycles too. They learnt that butterflies start as an egg, into a caterpillar, form a cocoon so they can become a butterfly.
Chickens lay eggs that hatch to become chicks before they grow into chickens!
The Frog in the Pond
The children were all very confident in different simple life cycles and repeated them as they moved over to their special frog pond! Ashleigh set out a beautiful pond tuff tray with frogs, lily pads, chia seeds to represent tadpoles, flowers and different natural resources for the children to play with the frogs. The children explored and learnt more about what frogs do. “Frogs eat flies!” and “Frogs sleep during the day.” and “Frogs jump on lily pads.” were some of the topics Ashleigh and the children discussed. The children were engaged and fascinated! They are now all frog-sperts! We ended the activity by dancing to sleeping frogs and hopping mad like a bunch of frogs!
Are you teaching your child about important living organisms? Here’s a short YouTube to help them learn! Also, let’s get outside this spring. Check out our Reasons to get Outside Blog too!
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