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Creating a Jurassic world at Windmill Hill Day Nursery

Young adventurers from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon were delighted to create their very own Jurassic world, following an interest in dinosaurs.

After receiving a kind donation of fossils from a nursery parent, pre-schoolers from the setting on Windmill Business Park, Whitehill Way were thrilled to explore the relics using UV lights and magnifying glasses, before using descriptive language to discuss the shape and size of each, as well as make estimations on their age.

Leading on from this, children were inspired to create their own fossils using a range of materials including coffee beans, salt, flour and water to replicate the consistency, as well as using mark making tools and toy dinosaurs to make impressions and patterns on their designs, similar to the ones they had previously observed.

As part of the exciting learning experience, children were also able to free dinosaurs from frozen eggs, learn their names, identify whether they were herbivores or carnivores and use books and resources to co-research their burning questions.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Quality Manager, Gemma Gill explained;

“These activities have been hugely popular with the children and have provided the opportunity to showcase creativity, extend vocabulary, build in-depth knowledge around the topic and develop on cultural capital experiences. We love to follow interests in nursery to provide rich learning experiences which spark curiosity.”