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Discover 10 fun crafts and ideas to keep children busy and active while staying at home.
Just look who has moved in to my garage! A little robin
Robins make their nests using leaves, twigs and bits of soft moss to line the inside of the nest.
Can you spot the nest? It is on the shelf next to the orange shopping bag.
Can you see it better now ?
This is the way the robin gets inside the garage. It posts itself through the letter box. Simply Air Mail :) .
Yesterday I was keeping my eye on the nest and saw the robin flying out to feed ( it only leaves the nest once a day). I managed to photograph the eggs. The robin eggs are smooth with a white matte finish. Like many other bird eggs, they also have pale brown freckles.
Robins sit on their eggs for 14 days.
I will be checking the nests regularly and will let you know when they hatch. Can't wait!
EASTER SUNDAY! They have hatched! Cannot see if all 5 are there but will be checking on them. It takes about 14 days before they are truly fledged ( covered with feathers).
13 April The chicks are growing up but there is still one more egg to hatch
Daddy robin is supplying fresh worms
Day 5 after the chicks hatched.
They are much bigger now and you can clearly see the wings. Their eyes should be opening slightly now and by day 8 they should be fully open
Day 6 Look at them today! The eyes are still closed
Day 9. What a change! The eyes are open now and bigger feathers are growing.
We are feeding the mum and dad of the little chicks. First they only picked food from the ground, then from the hand on the ground and now...
Our patience has payed off!
Day 12. Can you believe how quickly the chicks are growing?
Sunday 26th April. Look what has happened...
The nest is empty. It takes baby robins exactly 14 days to leave the nest. The parents still feed them but the birds are all outside.
I have spotted one in the garden
He can fly now but not very far. His tail feathers have not grown yet.
Happy and Healthy Easter to you all!
Love from Candy to you all.
She is healthy and eats well but I am sure she misses your cuddles.
I gave her a good brush today. She was not too impressed
If you have any pets like guinea pigs, hamsters or rabbits make sure you feed them some fresh greens ( dandelions are the best and the cheapest!) and give them some exercise every day.
I do not mean this kind of exercise :)
But creating an obstacles course could be an excellent idea.
Last Sunday I sowed some radish seeds in a pot. Yesterday I noticed the first shoots poking out of the soil.
You can also sow some seeds in pots. Radishes, cress, lettuces or peas do not need long time to germinate. Have a go! In 5 weeks I should be able to have some delicious radish canapes.
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The story of Jack and the Bean Stalk
Planting beans for the enormous bean stalk
Learning to climb
It is easier to climb when a friend lends you a hand
by Mary Vivian
I like to think
That, long ago,
There fell to earth
Some flakes of snow
Which loved this cold
Grey world of ours
So much, they stayed
As snowdrop flowers.
While making the fire last week we made charcoal. Today we used the charcoal to draw pictures.
We used some expressionist painters as inspiration. We tried to make our pictures dark and sad.
Year 3 studied some winter flowers in our garden. They later made some observational paintings of the cherry blossom
Reception class made some kites today and we tested them on the school playground
Year 1 Animals and their habitats
Looking for different animals in their natural habitat
Sorting out different animals
Making a woodland animal
Candy our guinea pig is visiting Year 1 this week.
Year 3 Ancient Egypt
Making stick pyramids
Transporting water by hand -fun but takes a lot of people and a lot of time. There must be a better way
Everyone needs protection. An amulet might be the right thing!
Working together to create enough slope for the ball to roll down. We will need this skill when we build a shaduf and the water channels
Constructing a shaduf to draw the water
Now, channeling the water to the right field
Year 2 Fire of London
We know how to approach the fire circle safely
Time to do some cooking
The perfect respect position for roasting a marshmallow
Time to burn the houses we had made earlier. It is hard to see them go in flames
Not sure if we should burn this one it took him a long time to make
Making Gruffalo monsters
Having a closer look! What comes next in the story of Gruffalo?
Gruffalo cafe - chefs preparing a range of exciting dishes: Roasted Fox, Owl Ice Cream, Scrambled Snake, Gruffalo Crumble with orange eyes and purple prickles on top.
Candy loves when we stroke and feed her.
Ancient Egypt. We worked together to make a pyramid out of sticks.
We collected and sorted out the sticks into different sizes. We had to estimate which was the best size for the level we were building- a real balancing act.
Christmas preparations in Forest School
Making Christmas decorations using a range of berries and evergreen plants
Year 2 are using tent pegs to make stands for their Christmas decorations
After we made a hole in a elder tree bead we used fragrant rosemary as a mini Christmas tree
Year 1 made stickmen.
We learned how to join two sticks using elastic bands, string and wire.
We added hats, cloaks, dresses, shields and swords
Christmas activities: making stick Christmas trees and stick reindeers.
We had to cooperate with our partners to be able to tie and join the strings and sticks.
Forest School Club
Boys are helping to assemble the new bikes for the Nursery children
Shelling beans from our vegetable patch
The beans look magical with their purple skins
Hot chocolate for everyone on this cold afternoon
Year 3 are making their autumnal crowns
After reading the autumn poem the Reception classes looked for different carpets of leaves
We have had a rainy day today so we made some owl pictures in the class.
Autumn time in Forest School
Volunteers help to assemble the bikes for the Nursery children
Building a Fairy Village
We found some purple beans in our garden. We loved the colour and the smoothness of the beans.
Year 1 children are looking at animals' super powers. We have learned about stink bugs and are trying to make different smelling potions with special powers.
That Fairy house looks fantastic boys!
Who is the best at directing the drumming group?
The first session in Forest School. The mud pie looks delicious!
Nursery children found a family of mushrooms - daddy, mummy and 2 baby mushrooms
Children busy cooking in the mud kitchen
Year 2 restoring our Bug Hotel so the insects in our garden can hibernate over winter
We used different natural materials to make 'wild and wonderful' animals
Year 1 is learning about super vegetables
We read the story of The Enormous Turnip
Which of these balls is small, big and enormous?
We pulled a turnip from our garden
We pulled and pulled but the root would not budge.
Year 3 went for a trip to our local park
We went to see the new war monument and plant some narcissus bulbs in the park.
We read the names of the soldiers who died in the war.
Together with local volunteers we planted the white flower bulbs. White is the symbol of peace.