Some time ago, in June – Bees went for their first scavenger hunt as “Animal spies“, to find cats and dogs who walk aroung our place of living. That day we were very lucky finding two dogs and two cats (what let us learn a word “equal” while comparing the amount).
These days Bees were walking outside again to mark all dogs and cats they found around. Then – to compare the amount and find some conclusions from their observation…
Children found three dogs and one cat (which was running so fast towards trees that we couldn`t take a picture). Bees shared responsibility: Lena was responsible for the card, Adam for the marker, Bartek was a special table while all children were observers. After going back to the classroom they counted the amount of animals and stated that there were more dogs while their walk, trying to answer the question “How much more?” (succesfully, to be said).
CATS vs DOGS 1:5
Next day dogs were the winners again. Bees has found five dogs and one cat. Two dogs were walking quite far away but children noticed them immediately. Next three dogs were walking closer – which was a good opportunity to practice how to behave with animals we don`t know. A cat was found in Maks` house as we went to visit him after staying in hospital for some time. Maks` cat is called “Łatka” and she is very cute!
That day we shared responsibilities again – Mikołaj was holding a card, Natan was a marker keeper while Filip wanted to be “a special table”.
Oh, almost forgot to tell you what else happened! While the task, Bees came across a dog drawing. Teachers wanted them to put this dog on the card, but children wisely noticed that this dog is not real but a sign.
Adam even clarified that this sign means : “You are not allowed to come with dog to this playing area”. Why it is like that? We aready learned that dogs make poo in unappropriate places and that would be strange to find dogs poo in the sandbox. So true!
Final statement was suddenly said by Lena, who found out that in this searching task “cats always lose”. Do you know why it is like that?
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.
Her I am…
but now I am hiding.
Can you see us?
Look this cat came along and decided to hide there, can you see it?We think cats hide from dogs.
A cat came along.
It recieved a lot of attention.
Th cat is hiding, can you see where?
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.
This is the Giantess.
Would they hide where the giantess is?
or BEHIND a bench?
Perhaps ON TOP of the Giantess’ toiletseat?
or IN her bed,
UNDER her chair or
NEARBY the window.
When we were to leave a cat appeared and look where he decided to hide.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Next time we need to find another places to hide in a greenery area.
We will take Filemon with us.
Turtles with Mojca and Gregor visited shelter for homless cats in Horjul.
We were reading The green cat story and we started to think about cat’s homes, if all cats have a home… We found some homeless cats in our neighbourhood and some cats living in warm houses and soft sofas.
We started to explore what happens with homeless cats if we can do anything to help. We found a shelter for homeless animals in Horjul. We made posters for parents that we are collecting food and some other stuff and we put boxes in all units of our preschool and ask for help.
We visited shelter in Horjul where we saw garden, homes for cats… They also told us how they take care for homeless animals.
After discovering shapes in a cat we discussed what other animals we could find in the book….like the dog and the mouse. We also discussed what other animals we could possibly find….like hens, horses, spiders, bulls, ravens, goats, sheep and pigs. One of the children announced that the raven has a triangle…and a circle. The circle is inside but the triangle is outside. Well we decided to go for an excursion looking for more animals.
One of the children heard a wasp, the child said it would look like a box (a term that the children often use instead of a square). We discussed why it was a square and not a box (you can put things into a box). Now we saw different squares everywhere.
We continued to the place where they keep some animals during he summer. But all the animals were gone…or almost all the animals. We heard some sound from indoors….We decided to draw some pictures all the same…looking for shapes in our drawings.
We heard a wierd sound.
A seagull eating from the dustbin.
This is a wolf.
We found a picture of some animals.
Now we were also wondering what kind of animals we would possibly find in Slovenia, Poland and Spain. We would like to know if there are cows, goats or pigs in your countries. We would also like to know if you have any green cats or if there might be dinosaurs in your countries. We think their might be dinosours in Poland.
Going back home we saw this thing. We recognized some shapes. The teacher took a photo and printed it in grayscale for the children to elaorate with different ideas. Some thought it reminded them of the green cat but others draw pictures of each other.
Maybe you can try and see if you can draw a cat from the picture?
One day little Bees decided to go for cat food hunting…
No worries, they weren`t catching mice! The task was to find appropriate food and care items for cats. It meant for us to visit different places in our settlement and ask for foodstuff and different items for animal care.
We visited a post office, but there was no food for cats to buy…
We entered a pharmacy, but there was no medicine for cats to take…
No special cat bread or buns in bakery …
In chemist`s there were many shampoos and brushes. Unfortunately, not for cats…
That was great place in florist`s, but nothing connected with cats…
So, when we entered a market, we thought there is no chance to find any cat dainties. Then, we found MILK (Do cats drink milk?), some cans and sausages with meat, special substance for cat`s toilet and even dental sticks (Do animal dentists exist?).
People said that there are special shops for animals. We will visit one soon after holidays, we decided!
Bees are still on holidays, but teachers want to share some task they did before going for summer break…
One day, it turned out that teachers cannot recognize animals well. They even make mistakes with counting. That is why children played “Animal Spy” task.
Natalia makes mistakes
First, they practiced counting on cats pictures. That was tricky, because there were dogs hidden in the pictures! Children could find them easily and count with proper numbers and quantity.
Nina counts cats
Filip counts cats
Natan counts cats
Then – children went outside to check if it is difficult to find and recognise dogs and cats in our vicinity. We used a special card to mark each dog and cat, which was found that day!
At the end we counted our marks to answer the question “HOW MANY…?” Then, compared the amount of cats and dogs found all around. There were two dogs and two cats. Two and two is the same – some of us already knew that it means EQUAL.
This walk was also a good opportunity to think about how to behave with dogs and cats we don`t know. We decided to discover this topic later on.