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Yesterday we had a couple of little butterflies visit our discovery garden.

Today, when we were checking to see if our plants and herbs needed a drink, we noticed that the butterflies had left a little surprise...lots of very tiny little eggs!

🦋🥚🐛

We are all so excited to watch how the caterpillars transform, just like the tadpoles.

We also found a bumblebee in the garden. Unfortunately it had died, but it created lots of discussion on bees. One child thought the bee had died because it was old, the children were able to tell us that bees collect nectar from flowers, they live in a beehive, they make honey for our porridge, they can sting, they have a yellow and black striped pattern and they make a buzzing sound.

🐝 🐝 🐝

We also noticed it had a fuzzy body and transparent wings....what a lot of spontaneous learning as the children played. Maybe our parents could help their children find out some more butterfly and bee facts, we would like to hear them.
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Yesterday we had a couple of little butterflies visit our discovery garden. 

Today, when we were checking to see if our plants and herbs needed a drink, we noticed that the butterflies had left a little surprise...lots of very tiny little eggs! 

                🦋🥚🐛 

We are all so excited to watch how the caterpillars transform, just like the tadpoles.

We also found a bumblebee in the garden. Unfortunately it had died, but it created lots of discussion on bees. One child thought the bee had died because it was old, the children were able to tell us that bees collect nectar from flowers, they live in a beehive, they make honey for our porridge, they can sting, they have a yellow and black striped pattern and they make a buzzing sound.

                 🐝 🐝 🐝

We also noticed it had a fuzzy body and transparent wings....what a lot of spontaneous learning as the children played. Maybe our parents could help their children find out some more butterfly and bee facts, we would like to hear them.

Some of the physical activities that our preschoolers have been practicing over the past few months.

We have been working on gross motor movements and co-ordination by doing some -
* Crab walks 🦀
* Bear crawls 🐻
* Frog jumps 🐸
* And bunny hops 🐰

We have been developing our throwing and catching skills ⚽️

And, we have also working on some simple core stability exercises -
superman poses, bridges and plank variations.

One of our little ones even made a very good attempt at balancing her legs on a ball whilst planking, showing off her super core strength and balance....would put some adults to shame! 🙊 💪🏼 🤸🏻‍♀️ 🤸🏻‍♂️
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6 days ago

Some of the physical activities that our preschoolers have been practicing over the past few months.

We have been working on gross motor movements and co-ordination by doing some -
       * Crab walks 🦀 
       * Bear crawls 🐻 
       * Frog jumps 🐸 
       * And bunny hops 🐰 

We have been developing our throwing and catching skills ⚽️ 

And, we have also working on some simple core stability exercises -
superman poses, bridges and plank variations. 

One of our little ones even made a very good attempt at balancing her legs on a ball whilst planking, showing off her super core strength and balance....would put some adults to shame! 🙊 💪🏼 🤸🏻‍♀️ 🤸🏻‍♂️

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Rebekahs been showing me her planks 😁

Thank you Julie and Rebekah for bringing some frogspawn into Rainbow. 🐸

The children, parents and staff have really enjoyed watching the tadpoles grow and develop. It took a total of 4 and a half weeks for the tadpoles to hatch and grow, some children thought this would take 2 weeks. 🗓

The children were learning about what tadpoles / frogs eat - we fed them fish food and spinach leaves. According to the children, frogs like to eat flies too!

The children were also learning about the stages and sequence of a frog’s lifecycle - adult frogs, mummies lay eggs called frogspawn, out hatches tadpoles, they grow legs and develop into froglets, and finally grow into adult frogs. 🐸 🐸
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Thank you Julie and Rebekah for bringing some frogspawn into Rainbow. 🐸 

The children, parents and staff have really enjoyed watching the tadpoles grow and develop. It took a total of 4 and a half weeks for the tadpoles to hatch and grow, some children thought this would take 2 weeks. 🗓 

The children were learning about what tadpoles / frogs eat - we fed them fish food and spinach leaves. According to the children, frogs like to eat flies too! 

The children were also learning about the stages and sequence of a frog’s lifecycle - adult frogs, mummies lay eggs called frogspawn, out hatches tadpoles, they grow legs and develop into froglets, and finally grow into adult frogs. 🐸 🐸

To finish off for the holidays, we made birds nest buns for our Easter party.

We danced to some of our favourite songs, showed off our best moves, had a game of musical chairs and sang the bunny Hokey Cokey!

The Easter Bunny also left some surprises for us to look for in the discovery garden! 🥚🐣 🥚 🐣
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To finish off for the holidays, we made birds nest buns for our Easter party.

We danced to some of our favourite songs, showed off our best moves, had a game of musical chairs and sang the bunny Hokey Cokey!

The Easter Bunny also left some surprises for us to look for in the discovery garden! 🥚🐣 🥚 🐣

Thank you to Deacon and his mum and dad for bringing in their pet corn snake. 🐍

All of the children were keen to come and look at it and some were very keen to hold it!

Its scaly skin felt silky and smooth in our hands. The children also noticed the lovely pattern on its skin and its VERY long body!

Some children mimicked the snake by sticking out their tongues and making hissing sounds.

Wonder if we would be allowed a pet snake at rainbow! 🤔 💭
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2 months ago

Thank you to Deacon and his mum and dad for bringing in their pet corn snake. 🐍 

All of the children were keen to come and look at it and some were very keen to hold it!

Its scaly skin felt silky and smooth in our hands. The children also noticed the lovely pattern on its skin and its VERY long body! 

Some children mimicked the snake by sticking out their tongues and making hissing sounds.

Wonder if we would be allowed a pet snake at rainbow! 🤔 💭

A BIG thank you to Megan and Connaire for bringing this little surprise in today! 🐑

The children were so excited all morning. They kept trying to guess what the surprise might be.

A few children were a little apprehensive to begin with, but in their own time went over to pet the lamb. Some were happy to watch from afar, whilst others just wanted cuddles. ❤️

The lamb had no name, so we decided to call it Woolly! Woolly was so soft and cuddly....and a little bit smelly! 🛁 🐑❤️
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2 months ago

A BIG thank you to Megan and Connaire for bringing this little surprise in today! 🐑

The children were so excited all morning. They kept trying to guess what the surprise might be. 

A few children were a little apprehensive to begin with, but in their own time went over to pet the lamb. Some were happy to watch from afar, whilst others just wanted cuddles. ❤️

The lamb had no name, so we decided to call it Woolly! Woolly was so soft and cuddly....and a little bit smelly! 🛁 🐑❤️

During the past 2 weeks, our pre-schoolers have enjoyed learning about spring....although we did spend most of it discussing the cold wintry weather!

They have been busy -

🐮 building fences and walls for the farm animals at the dough,

🌈 developing their fine motor skills as they joined coloured pipe cleaners to make a rainbow,

🌼 painting beautiful spring daffodils,

☘️ mixing different shades of green paint when creating finger print shamrocks,

🥕 learning about some fruits and vegetables through our sand play vegetable patch and role play farm shop,

🔴🔵 making / continuing patterns using 2 / 3 colours,

🌱 helping to plant and look after seeds,

🎨 watching how the paint runs down the paper when spray painting.

🐸 frog jumping over obstacles,

🐑 and looking at the baby lambs. ❤️
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2 months ago

During the past 2 weeks, our pre-schoolers have enjoyed learning about spring....although we did spend most of it discussing the cold wintry weather!

They have been busy - 

🐮 building fences and walls for the farm animals at the dough,

🌈 developing their fine motor skills as they joined coloured pipe cleaners to make a rainbow,

🌼 painting beautiful spring daffodils,

☘️ mixing different shades of green paint when creating finger print shamrocks,

🥕 learning about some fruits and vegetables through our sand play vegetable patch and role play farm shop,

🔴🔵 making / continuing patterns using 2 / 3 colours,

🌱 helping to plant and look after seeds,

🎨 watching how the paint runs down the paper when spray painting.

🐸 frog jumping over obstacles,

🐑 and looking at the baby lambs. ❤️

Please drive carefully this morning as road conditions aren’t great after a night of heavy rain. The bridge on Brustin Brae (Craigyhill side) is flooded! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Please drive carefully this morning as road conditions aren’t great after a night of heavy rain. The bridge on Brustin Brae (Craigyhill side) is flooded!

In the toddler room and pre-school room we had a very busy morning of pouring, cracking, mixing, frying, tossing and most importantly....tasting yummy pancakes that we made from scratch! 🥞 😋

Happy Pancake Tuesday everyone! 🥞🥞🥞
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3 months ago

In the toddler room and pre-school room we had a very busy morning of pouring, cracking, mixing, frying, tossing and most importantly....tasting yummy pancakes that we made from scratch! 🥞 😋

Happy Pancake Tuesday everyone! 🥞🥞🥞

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Well done everyone they looked yummy 😀

Thank you Julie and Rebekah for bringing Coco in for a visit on Friday. We just loved her and there were definitely a few of us that wanted to keep her. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Thank you Julie and Rebekah for bringing Coco in for a visit on Friday. We just loved her and there were definitely a few of us that wanted to keep her. ❤️

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All at Rainbow would like to wish Larne FC all the best at tonight’s Tennent’s Irish Cup quarter final game against Coleraine. Also, best of luck to LTOB for their game tomorrow.

#wearelarne #rawa
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3 months ago

All at Rainbow would like to wish Larne FC all the best at tonight’s Tennent’s Irish Cup quarter final game against Coleraine. Also, best of luck to LTOB for their game tomorrow.

#wearelarne #rawa

Some of our Chinese New Year activities this week.

🧧We swapped our sand for rice. The children have enjoyed some therapeutic play as they felt the rice between their fingers and listened to the sound of it falling. They have also been developing some mathematical language as they discussed heavy and light.

🎋Developing fine motor skills when sewing Chinese pictures.

🍜 Developing fine motor skills when using different resources to lift noodles and developing hand-eye co-ordinations when transferring noodles into different containers.

🥟🥠 Talking about and cooking some of our favourite Chinese dishes in the role play restaurant.

🏮Developing scissor skills and creativity when making Chinese lanterns.

🐉 Performing a dragon dance and playing instruments along to Chinese music was very popular.

🐲Most if the children wanted to taste dragon fruit. Some even thought it was ‘delicious.’

🎎I wonder who can teach their family how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese?
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3 months ago

Some of our Chinese New Year activities this week.

🧧We swapped our sand for rice. The children have enjoyed some therapeutic play as they felt the rice between their fingers and listened to the sound of it falling. They have also been developing some mathematical language as they discussed heavy and light.

🎋Developing fine motor skills when sewing Chinese pictures.

🍜 Developing fine motor skills when using different resources to lift noodles and developing hand-eye co-ordinations when transferring noodles into different containers.

🥟🥠 Talking about and cooking some of our favourite Chinese dishes in the role play restaurant.

🏮Developing scissor skills and creativity when making Chinese lanterns.

🐉 Performing a dragon dance and playing instruments along to Chinese music was very popular.

🐲Most if the children wanted to taste dragon fruit. Some even thought it was ‘delicious.’ 

🎎I wonder who can teach their family how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese?

Some of the activities our toddlers got up to learning about Winter!

❄️snowflakes and snowman crafts ☃️

❄️investigating and painting snow 🌨🎨👩🏼‍🎨

❄️making and exploring ice cubes🥶

❄️using dough to create snowmen⛄️

❄️having a look at items to keep us warm 🧣🧤
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4 months ago

Some of the activities our toddlers got up to learning about Winter! 

❄️snowflakes and snowman crafts ☃️

❄️investigating and painting snow 🌨🎨👩🏼‍🎨

❄️making and exploring ice cubes🥶

❄️using dough to create snowmen⛄️

❄️having a look at items to keep us warm 🧣🧤

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Great photos x

Looks like we got our bird feeders made just in time! ☃️❄️🌨 ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Looks like we got our bird feeders made just in time! ☃️❄️🌨
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