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πŸ›Pebbles Caterpillar BlogπŸ›



Butterfly emerging from it's chrysalis πŸ¦‹ Metamorphosis is complete πŸ›

Tell your grown up what has changed, what can you see? Can you use full sentences and the word 'different'?

Emergent Butterfly

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Good Morning Pebbles! Our 10 caterpillars emerged this Easter weekend, and were released yesterday evening into the field opposite my house where they have plenty of bushes and trees to lay their eggs on to continue their life cycle. How beautiful are they?! Can you think of any names for them? Could you do an observational drawing of one?



Pebbles we are now fully established in our Chrysalis’ or the Pupa stage of our life cycle. Our spikes have disappeared as we built our house around ourselves to continue with the metamorphosis/ change.
Lisa has carefully removed us from the pots and we are now hanging in the net, ready for when we are ready to emerge. Every now and then one of us does a little wiggle as we hang, and then our friends then do one too. Lisa thinks we are saying “hello” to each other!
We have had some fresh air in the garden today and are now resting inside. The zip on our net is secure to keep us safe.
How are we looking different, what can you see?
Can you predict how long it will be before we emerge? How many days and which day do you think? (Maybe try practise reciting days or the week or numbers to predict!) 
What might we look like - can you draw a butterfly picture?

Enjoy the weekend Pebbles- stay safe, stay at home and keep washing your hands. We miss you so much! πŸ› πŸ¦‹ 

Caterpillar metamorphosis!

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Pebbles how much have we changed in 24 hours? Tell your grown up!
Are we darker or lighter?
What is happening to the spikes on our bodies?
Are we travelling to hang at the top or bottom of the tub? Which stage in our life cycle are we entering now - look back at the life cycle pictures with your grown ups.
As we begin to form our chrysalis', do we move faster or slower at the end of the video? Which faster and slower actions can you practice at home (star jumps, hopping, running on the spot, clapping, singing etc?)


Pebbles we are continuing our life cycle journey and have eaten so much that it is now time to begin our journey to find a place to begin to build our house around ourselves. This will be called a chrysalis. 
How many spikes can you count on our bodies? 
Can you think of any names for us? 
What do you think our chrysalis’ will look like?

The following photos of the life cycle will enable hopefully lots of discussions about what is happening to our caterpillars, and which stage of the lifecycle they are at!
Another word for the lifecycle is called ‘metamorphosis’. Can you try to say that word? 
What sound does it begin with (mmmm)
What sound can you hear at the end (sss)
Can you clap the word out with your grown up?
Metamorphosis means ‘complete change’. It means the caterpillars will have changed into something completely different by the end of their life cycle.
Can you draw your own caterpillars πŸ›? What colours are you going to use, and how long will you make it? Can you measure it? What with? Don’t forget to upload to seesaw your drawings! (Hold your pencil correctly!)
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Picture 3




Good afternoon Pebbles! The caterpillars are changing every day - look at how long they are getting, do you think they are changing colour? What colours can you see? Talk to your grown up.

Are you able to try and move like this caterpillar making it’s way around the tub? πŸ›

Move like a caterpillar!

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πŸ¦‹ 24.03.2020πŸ¦‹ 

As you can see Pebbles the caterpillars are being looked after - Lisa has taken them home and will keep you updated on their lifecycle through the Seesaw app and on here!


In the meantime - look through the pictures... think of these questions, and talk about them with your grown up:

*What is different about the caterpillars since Friday?

*How many can you see?

*Can you use positional language (at the top, behind, next to etc) to describe where each one is? *What might they feel like to touch?

*In our story book 'The very hungry caterpillar', he kept eating - what do you think might happen next to them?

*Can you try and draw your very own caterpillar? What could it be called? Where would it live and what might it like to eat? Can you hear any sounds in any of the words?

Games and activities to try at home


Read books together

Read books of all kinds to your child: picture, words and pictures, pop up, information and poetry.


Sing counting songs

Singing helps children to develop their speaking and listening skills and to have fun with words. Counting songs, like ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … Once I caught a fish alive’, can help your child to have fun with numbers. Other songs such as ‘Ten Green Bottles’ or '5 Little Speckled Frogs' progress in reverse order, which can be especially helpful when young children start thinking about adding and taking away.

Using fingers as counters can be a useful way to make a visual link between numbers and quantity.


Cut and paste

Using scissors is a useful skill and is a great way to develop co-ordination, control and build strength. Many children find scissors tricky to master so they need lots of practice. Make paper chains together or ask them to find particular photos in magazines and catalogues (by colour or other categories) to cut out and then stick them into their own pictures.


Dressing up

Dressing up and role play are great opportunities for talking and listening and for imaginative play. On a practical level, a fun dressing up session can help your child to practise getting themselves dressed. You can fit in a sneaky bit of training with those tricky zips, armholes and buttons.


Math's games

Try these fun games:


What's Inside?

It’s present time! Hide an object in a bag. Can the children guess what is hidden inside. Remember no peeking!


Match the Shape

Go on a shape hunt. Draw a 2D shape with your child. Can they find things that are the same shape around the house?


Cook together

Cooking with your child is not only fun but it’s an excellent way to begin to talk about maths – counting eggs for a cake recipe, more or fewer toppings for a pizza. Let them pour liquids or spoon flour to develop eye-hand co-ordination and control. Best of all, you both get to enjoy a tasty treat at the end!

Below is a selection of websites and games to support your child's learning whilst at home.

  • Pebbles Nursery,St Radigund's Road, Dover,
  • Kent, CT17 0LB,
  • 01304 206174