How to be secure with dogs and cats?

Bees were searching for the answer of their last “Our Erasmus Cats” project question, broaching the topic of secure contact with animals (especially cats and dogs). You already tried to answer this question HERE.
That is what Bees discovered…

 Firstly, Bees tried to make a list of rules to uphold when meeting unknown animal – dog or cat – and reasons, why should we behave with caution.

Then – children tried to act out the scene of meeting with unknown dog and to react on his various behaviour, for that to see the consequences of our gestures, voice and body language in a contact with animal.

Bees searched for these informations also in internet resources. It turned out that it is important how we approach to dog, how we  come closer with our hand to be sniffed, in which place to stroke the animal to let him feel comfortable with…

Main rules are:

  1. Ask the owner for the permition to approach the dog.
  2. Read dog`s body language.
  3. If you approach the dog, let him sniff your hand (better fist then open palm)
  4. Do not stroke dog`s head – better to stroke his sides or place below the head.

It is worth to see this video presenting safe approaching to the dog.

We found some articles, for example: “Nie głaszcz mnie tak, proszę.. – czyli zasady dobrych powitań” and “…niezbędnik psiej komunikacji w pigułce” on the portal (Polish version).

Children tried to check this new knowledge in practice – acting out safe scenes again, and trying to correct their behaviour immediately, if needed.

But, what to do if an aggressive dog approaches us?
And what does a tortoise has in common with such situation?

Bees have learned that the best option is to take the “tortoise position” – which helps us to protect as much body parts as possible. It helps coverneck, face, belly and legs. Rules are: entwine your hands inward, keeping your thumbs inside, put your arms on the nape, cover ears, kneel down and bring your head closer to knees. Look, how we did it!

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Try out tortoise postion with family at home. It`s good to practice this, in case any dog approaching you has another plan than being tickled and stroked!


‘How to meow?” e-book is ready!

Meow e-book is ready!
Thanks to all people all over the world, our families and friends,
who helped us to fill “how to meow” padlet

Book titled 'HOW TO MEOW?'Read this free book made on StoryJumper

If you found it interesting to learn how cats do meow in different languages – this book is just for you!


Names for cats

Trying to answer another “Ask expert” question (What do cats look like and what are their names in your countries?) , we tried to collect names of cats in our houses.

Firstly, Frogs made a mind map with proposals they could use to name their cats.

Among children ideas there were: Plamka, Czaruś, Tusia, Szczęściarz, Plastuś, Aleksander, Pusia, Diana, Pecharz, Tosiek, Bandzior, Luna, Abra, Max and Rambo.

We already collected some pictures of cats we have in our houses. There are: Łatka, Milka, Yuki, Blu, Donna Milka, Leon, Kimi, Lili, Pralinka, Malinka, Mufinka, Kropka, Wacek, Martyna, Maciuś, Felek, Szczęściarz and Czaruś.

We still wait to finish our collection of cats pictures, sent by parents.


Where do cats hide?

We have found different places outdoors where we think cats enjoy to hide themselves. We think they like to hide behind stones.

We also think they hide in the grass or this old flowers.


We think they like to hide in these ruins.

Look this cat came along and decided to hide there, can you see it?We think cats hide from dogs.

We think the cat wants to eat the duck. The cat might go into the water to get the ducks.

Since the children thought that  cats might hide at the giantess we decided to check it out. We were going to bring our green cat along with us…but for some strange reason we could not find him. We looked everywhere….(maybe he is hiding in Reykjaneshöllina, London or even America?) Instead we brought the cats we received from you all. Look here where we think they would hide at the Giantess.

When we were to leave a cat appeared and look where he decided to hide.


Hiding in nature

Hiding in our environment was such a great fun, that we decided to try it again but more in nature area. Suprisingly, we discovered that Filemon likes hiding as well!

We got inspired by the animation you can find here (Przygody kota Filemona. Zabawa w chowanego), but also Slovenian hiding question from “Ask Experts” and one of the picture from “The Saga about the Green Cat”. Look, can you spot the difference? 😉

First, we saw an old animation telling us a story about searching the highest tree in a forest. It was fun to play echo with Filemon (need to check it in the nature as soon as possible). We learned the meaning of the word “high” and “the highest” , working with our bodies and trees on the interactive whiteboard and on our green carpets. Now Filemon knows which tree is the highest to hide beneath!

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Then, there was the time to check our knowledge outdoors. We went to the greenery area between our blocks of flats, found some very high trees  (but couldn`t decide about the highest one). While the walk, we found many fantastic places to hide!

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We have learned that:
1. bunch of nettle is not a good place to sit in.
2. a pile of cut grass is a better place, but it tags to our clothes and can be wet.
3. people should clean after their dogs while they walk;)
4. generally – spending time together outside is awesome!


Tickle everyone and everywhere!

Today it was a tickle day! Bees took an inspiration from the book and Icelandic Lundur question: DO YOU TICKLE AND WHERE DO YOU TICKLE? And have lots of fun and discoveries…

You need to hear about our first language discovery that day. When taking a Polish word “tickle” into consideration (which is ŁASKOTKI) Bees noticed that there is a word KOTKI (cats) or KOT (cat) hidden in a word. Look: ŁASKOTKI or ŁASKOTKI! Isn`t it amazing? It means that tickling is strongly connected with being a cat! There was no other way but go further into this topic!
Firstly, children discussed where they are ticklish the most. Soon it turned out that some of us are ticklish in feet area, on neck or nape, under knees, on the back, belly, thighs or armpits. Others said they are ticklish everywhere while teachers maintained that they are not ticklish at all. Why not to check it out? Bees chose their own magic tickle feather and started a tickling battle…

At the beginning Bees tried to tickle themselves, checking if they were right with their statements.

Soon after Bees made pairs or triples and tickled their colleagues as much as possible. Then children told others which body parts are the most tickish on their friends` bodies.

We also checked teachers and all project cats. Conclusions after tickling them are: 1. Indeed teachers are not tickish at all. 2. Cats pour while tickling all the time;)

At the end, as some children asked about taking feathers home, we decided to make a tickling machine, to bring this fun to our families as well. That is how we managed this:

Simple question, but we learned: word formation, body parts, making conclusions, working in pairs, aome art and even had breathing exercises. Besides all these, it was a great fun! Thank you, Lundur!


Where to hide and why?

Slovenian children from Owls group asked our team WHY CATS LIKE TO HIDE AND WHERE THEY HIDE?
Today, with a help of Bonifacy, we tried to find the answer on this question.

First trial was close to our kindergarten and block of flats we mostly live in.

At the beginning we discovered that cats like to hide on trees, especially when they want to escape from dogs. Then, we noticed two snails climbing the tree. Do they also escape from dogs? And finally we tried to climb the tree as well. It was quite hard, because we don`t have claws as cats do.

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Closer to primary school area we found a fabulous tree cats or people could hide in. Firstly we thought that only Bonifacy is able to get inside, but with a help of our teachers also Szymon fit into this space. For sure it is easier to hide behind the tree, children noticed.

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Soon we discovered that the most diverse space to hide and play is in the PLAYGROUND! Look, where the best places for hide-and-seek game are here!

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Next time we need to find another places to hide in a greenery area.
We will take Filemon with us.