The Butterfly Effect Project
In March we began The Butterfly Effect project with the pre-schoolers at The Honeytree Day Nursery in Portishead. The purpose of this project was to provide the children with the following learning opportunities:
- to collate ideas and thoughts on the process of a life cycle
- to encourage the children to build their memory retention
- to improve listening and sitting skills
- to encourage the children to take turns
- to encourage decision making and problem solving
When we first introduced this project, the children were very keen to explore the process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. We used “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, as a point of reference to help the children understand this process. They have been engaged in sequencing the story, drawing butterflies and checking up on the caterpillars.
Our caterpillars started out in a pot with food and when they went into cocoons, we transferred them into our net and watched them transform into butterflies.
When looking at the life cycle of a butterfly, the children drew upon their existing knowledge of the life cycle of chicks which we watched hatch in January. We based several activities around this project for the children to show abilities to problem solve and play collaboratively, which reflected in their own choices of play.
The children were all fascinated to read that a caterpillar turns into a cocoon and then hatches as a butterfly; and are very excited to release the butterflies.
During the course of this project the children have met different objectives from the Early Years Learning Framework :
- They have been effective communicators by responding appropriately to questions asked and by also asking questions of their own.
- Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.
- Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall
- Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.
- Can talk about things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
- Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
Plus many more!