Over the past 2 weeks we took part in the life cycle of duck experiment. The children were able to watch first hand as the ducklings hatched from their eggs inside the incubator. The ducklings used their beaks to crack the egg and push their way out. As the ducks dried off and fluffed up inside the incubator the children were able to transfer the ducks from the incubator to the cage and brooder successfully. Filling the cage with sawdust, food and water and creating and ideal habitat for the ducks.
Over the first few days the children were able to handle the ducklings carefully, feeding them from their hands and petting them. As time progressed the children were able to put the ducklings in water and support them to swim. Children were caring and helped dry the ducklings afterwards with towels. Teaching the children life skills.
To extend on the experiment the children looked in depth at different types of eggs. Visiting a local shop to look at eggs to bring back to nursery. The children explored white eggs, brown eggs, duck eggs, chicken eggs and quail eggs. They took them back to nursery to investigate the eggs. Using different methods to crack them open such as hammers and screwdrivers to investigate what was inside. The message that came across was although each egg was different on the outside the inside of the eggs as the same.