Friday, July 8, 2011

Imaginary Birds- The Nickle Nackle Tree

We have been reading the Nickle Nackle Tree by Lynley Dodd - a counting book featuring all sorts of wonderful, imaginary birds. Not only has it been great for recognising numbers to twenty and counting groups of objects in the range of 1- 20 but with sentences like "Six sleepy Snooze birds, snoring side by side" we were also able to have fun with alliteration.

Of course, we couldn't help but imagine and create our own fanciful birds...

... And after some experimenting in their visual diaries, the children used black permanent marker pens and oil pastels to draw their bird onto card which they then stuck onto our very own Nickle Nackle Tree.

The children made up names for their birds such as the Fittle Fattle bird, a Rickle Rackle bird and a Hooty Whooty bird. This was a great art experience but also, a perfect opportunity for using descriptive language and playing with words. 

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  1. I am so glad that I found your blog! I love it!

  2. Thank you! It's lovely to have you with us :)

  3. This is SO stunning! And I am now desperate for that book! How gorgeous. Thanks for linking it up!

  4. Love the follow up for a great book. Thanks for sharing. Hoping sharing your childrens' pictures will encourage mine.