Play – our way! The thing about snow drops
A brand new knowledge about snowdrops!
You will have gathered from our blogs we like to do things just a little uniquely in our settings and this past week was no different as we discovered and co-learned about snow drops in our settings this week.
Here are some of the things we learned
1. Snowdrops are called Gallanthus or milk flowers.
2. We discovered even better when we projected them on to the wall – they were much bigger than the ones we saw growing on our forest walk
3. The bulbs of snowdrops are poisonous so although we looked for them we know never to pick flowers growing from the wild
4. Snowdrops have built in anti freeze – they collapse in freezing weather conditions and recover when thawed
5. The petals of snowdrops open at 10 degrees and the pollen is a great source of early spring food for our friends the bees.
6. Snow drops are endangered in many parts of UK and Ireland so another reason why we should never pick them in the wild
7. Snow drops are very pretty and they look amazing when you enlarge and project them onto the wall. We had hours of fun with our snowdrop projects
In our setting the adults are co-learners with the children and hopefully parents hear lots about whats happening during the day in our settings and you can discover even more about them at home with your children. Early education is such a wonderful time for exploring and learning through our Reggio inspired and curiosity approach filled curriculum.
Remember these years are an investment in not only care for children but in early education – make sure to check in with your childcare provider to ask how they are incorporating learning from birth and in your after schools settings how they aren’t looking for learning outcomes in that age group but rather exploring through play.
Its important not to overload school age children with huge amounts of competitive based or learning outcome activities after school – they need time to wind down and have fun at the end of a busy day. Play deprivation is huge amongst children and young people of school age as we have become so driven in learning based and competitive clubs that we forget about the importance of just playing!
Finally if you get a chance remember to plant some snowdrops in your gardens or window boxes – you will be feeding the bees in spring!