Nurs­ery kids chick out the cir­cle of life

East Kilbride News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Nicola Find­lay

Young­sters from Kiwi PreS­chool Play­group had a crack­ing Easter af­ter nine fluffy chicks were born at the East Kil­bride nurs­ery.

The tots are cur­rently learn­ing about the life cy­cle of an­i­mals and as part of the project they took own­er­ship of the Liv­ing Eggs pro­gramme, which saw eggs brought into the nurs­ery in an in­cu­ba­tor.

Once hatched, the chil­dren then had to look af­ter the chicks, chang­ing their bed­ding and feed­ing and wa­ter­ing them ev­ery day, be­fore the chicks were taken to a free range farm.

The not-for-profit nurs­ery won a grant from the Thomas Wall Foun­da­tion for the project which also saw the chil­dren study the life cy­cle of a honey bee.

Bees are pop­u­lar with the chil­dren, who also look af­ter bee ho­tels and a gar­den at East Kil­bride rail­way sta­tion as part of their work as ScotRail’s youngest sta­tion adopters.

The chil­dren also en­joyed a trip to the Kelv­in­grove Mu­seum in Glas­gow to see the live ob­ser­va­tion bee hive and join in a mini beastie work­shop.

The project was fin­ished of with a healthy eat­ing work­shop to al­low the chil­dren to learn about the ben­e­fits of en­joy­ing recipes us­ing eggs and honey, which are both tasty and good for them and in­cluded some choco­late eggs to cel­e­brate Easter.

Kiwi Play­group chair­man Re­becca Hay said: “The chil­dren love an­i­mals at Kiwi and thanks to the grant from the Thomas Wall Foun­da­tion we were able to show them how amaz­ing the life cy­cle of an­i­mals is, in a fun way.”

Mean­while, the nurs­ery also added a splash of colour to East Kil­bride train sta­tion.

They planted up one ‘train’ planter with pur­ple flow­ers to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the suf­fragettes.

Pur­ple was the colour the women wore for dig­nity and the other planter has red, white and blue flow­ers in it to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

New life Lit­tle Eva Bissett holds a chick

Fluffy fun Kiwi Nurs­ery hatched chicks in the lead up to Easter

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