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Borås zoo – “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” – John Muir

Every year, at the end of May the graduating Kindy classes from all four preschool´s go on a very special outing to Borås zoo, and spend the entire day there. I decided to come along, and we all had such a great time!

The zoo is situated in Borås, about one hours drive from Gothenburg. So we booked two large buses to get us all to the zoo for our adventure.

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Kindy showed off their patience and waiting skills, then in no time at all the bus had finally arrived!

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We ran on to the bus that was going to take us to our destination – Borås Zoo! We had a fabulously pleasant ride where we some of us sang, some slept and some cheered!

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Once we arrived in Borås the weather surprised us, as the rain stopped and the sun came out to welcome us. We all felt excited as we entered the zoo to start exploring!

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As we entered we were given maps, and the children quickly began to scout out the area, and talk about what they thought would be more exciting to see.

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The teachers had packed apples, and snacks for us to enjoy before we took off. It’s important to have energy when taking off on a full day of adventures.

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A new edition to the zoo is the 20 meter high, and 305 meter long walking bridge that takes you through part of the park high above ground! In 2014 Borås zoo held a competition where building companies would send their contributions for reviewing, and Borås zoo ended up picking a company that could combine the savannah area of the zoo, together with nordic building culture in the best way possible.

The project was upposed to be ready efter e few months but was a year late, and ended up taking about 1,5 years, but now they’re proud to present their impressive environmental friendly bridge made out of solid wood and ceder shavings.

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With this new bridge they are hoping to attract guests even during winter when it is not always so nice to walk outside. It was quite cozy inside the wooden bridge.

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You had a great view of the park 20 meters above ground and it was an exciting way to move through part of the zoo!

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As we stepped off of the bridge we encountered the bush elephants in the Savannah area.

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Of course we already knew elephants were big but we couldn’t help but be amazed by their size when we were only a meter away from them.

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This particular little elephant was not leaving his mothers side, as he had not reached a stage where he felt safe in exploring the world without her. It was adorable watching the mother trying her very hardest not to step on her baby, as he was hovering under, between and in front of her legs at all the time.

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The elephants tusks are actually en extension of their front teeth and are used for many things but mostly to dig with, to peel bark from trees, to show off in social situations and also to sometimes fight with…

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The Savannah is shared by several african animals who all lived happy together.

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Grant’s zebras were grazing, and matching with their beautiful black and white stripes.

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Ostriches, buffalos, rhinos and Antelopes could also be found happy in the Savannah area.

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After thoroughly observing the animals on the Savannah we scampered on!

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The path took us to monkey hill where we were greeted by West African chimpanzees.

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The monkeys also had an indoor area as part of their habitat, where they could freely move in and out.

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Inside we met a couple of white-handed gibbons that were happy to see us and approached the window to say hello!

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Later outside we passed the Borneo orangutang who seemed very content just sitting amongst the flowers in solitude.

Did you know? orangutang means “Man of the forest” in the Malay language.

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Sadly 50 % of the Borneo orangutangs have disappeared during the last 60 years. This is an extremely rapid rate of extinction. This is mostly due to the deforestation  in the region and the common use of palm oil in our everyday household products and food.
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Around the corner of Monkey hill we met a couple of happy creatures, the banded mongooses!

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About a minute away we encountered the African lions.

The biggest African predator was just meters away, but Kindy showed no fear but excitement.

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And…. the Siberian tiger!

We came right on time for the feeding which some could describe as a little bit too graphic…

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Still excited about all of the different cats that we had encountered, we skipped along to the next sigh which was the brown bear. The brown bear is the largest carnivore in Sweden and we were amazed by it’s size, as well as it’s fluffy fur…

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This bear had just came up from a bath, as it was a rather hot day when the sun came out!

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One of the brown bears was sleeping, and Kindy were quick to sing the song “Björnen sover” for him.

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The brown bears were a really exciting sight, and it was a little hard to motivate Kindy to move along! We’d had a full day of new impressions with many exciting sights, and we were all ready for our lunch. So our next stop was to find a nice place for our picnic.

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While eating we discussed the different animals that we had encountered, and what we found most exciting, and what we though of our day so far.

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There was mostly talk about the bears and lions but some were still excited about the zebras because of the stripes. “Why do Zebras have stripes?” a child asked. There are actually many different theories, it seems unlikely that it would help them camouflague since they move in such big groups, however, study’s have shown that the stripes are a social sign for the zebras to gather into herds.

Another theory is that it stimulates grooming between animals as well as individual recognition. As every zebras stripes are different.

Another is that it would be harder for predator to single one zebra out when chasing a herd.

It was a lot of fun discussing theories. and listening to their thoughts.

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After eating we were full of energy once again, and ready to continue.

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“I’ve heard that they have flamingos here!” I heard as we moved along. I started to get excited about the flamingos as well but had to contain myself since that’s just one of the various animals that we were going to meet.

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With maps in our hands, and determination in our eyes we moved on to other exciting experiences.

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We were lucky… The next thing we were going to see were the seals, and we came right in time to see the last minutes of the seals performing!

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The seal waved our way and we waved back, it seemed like he was looking for some “sälskap” after all.

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Still somewhat impressed over the talent of the seal we moved along hand in hand.

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At first we were chocked to be greeted by well-dressed men in suits but after a closer inspection, we realized that they were just penguins comfortably enjoying the sun!

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As we came to the cafè of Borås zoo, and were met by a peacock proudly showing of his feathers. Obviously not to us, but to the female peacocks who could not have been more disinteressed..

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It was rather hard for us to take our eyes away from the beautiful peacock and the dynamics between the male and the females, but once we heard the words “ice-cream”, our interest quickly shifted.

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Whats better after a long day of walking in the sun, than having ice-cream with your friends?

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We all seemed to agree that we could spare a couple of minutes for the ice-cream. As long as we would begin to walk, and look at animals as soon as we were finished!

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Our next adventure would take us through the zoo on a Safari-train!

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Hands and feet inside the train aaaaaaaaand we’re off!

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The first animals we saw were the red pandas.

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Although only two of them are showing in the picture, there were many more hanging around.

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Next was the Eurasian elk which is Swedens largest animal, and the males usually exceed 500 kilos.

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Although we had already seen the brown bear they were still just as exciting to look at, and this time we got to see them from another angle.

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Two bears were kissing. The theory amongst us was that they were mama bear and papa bear!

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These cute alpackas were feeding in the shade.

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These beautiful animals were called eastern bongos and unfortunately they are critically endangered. European zoos have focused on preserving, and breeding this particular species in order to keep healthy animals for future reintroduction projects.

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And finally, the flamingos!

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“How come they are pink?”

They are actually not born pink. The food which they eat, red alges, have a substance that’s similar to what makes carrots orange. This is then absorbed by the flamingos, turning them pink!

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Flamingos usually live longer than most birds, and it’s said that in captivity they can get up to 80 years. Borås zoo’s oldest Flamingo is 40 years old!

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The life-size dinosaurs and extinct animals are there to say good-bye at the end of the park but they also make a great playground!

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We swang and hung from some!

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“I’m not scared of you!”

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Some were used as slides!

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I know that I had a great day at Borås zoo. I’m positive the Kindy-classes have things to talk about for a long time now after experiencing a full day of observing, petting, watching and talking about animals.

 

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Älvsborg Preschool 1 -“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

Our bus
We made our bus using empty milk cartons. The children sang “Kōra bilen hela Tiden” as we painted the bus. Then they were so proud to both cut the paper, and to make the wheels to the bus. In addition the children also mixed different colors, and as a result they experienced the outcome of new colors.

Vi gjorde vår buss med hjälp av tomma mjölkkartonger. Barnen sjöng “Köra bilen hela tiden”medans vi målade vår buss. De var sedan oerhört stolta över hur de klippte i pappret och hur de gjorde hjulen till bussen. De fick dessutom chansen att blanda olika färger och fick därmed lära sig om hur färger blandar sig med varandra.

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Mirror frame painting

We did our frame painting as a group activity. We all picked different colors and painted the frames, the final outcome was excellent. We then moved over to fixing the mirrors, it was quite a tough job but we all managed to do it together!

Vi hade en aktivitet där vi målade spegelramar. Barnen valde olika färger och målade ramarna. De var ett klurigt jobb men vi lyckades till slut och resultatet blev jättebra!

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Letterland

We colored the first letter of each child’s name. Then they picked different items – such as pasta, desiccated coconut, instant coffee, coffee powder, sugar, oats,  to decorate their letters. They got the opportunity to taste, smell and feel the different items.

Vi färglade den första bokstaven i varje barns namn. Sedan valde barnen olika typer av dekorationer, såsom pasta, kokos, snabbkaffe, kaffe pulver, socker, havre och annat för att dekorera deras bokstav. De fick även chans att smaka och att känna på de olika dekorationerna.

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We are the world

During this term we celebrated both earth day and peace day. We talked about the IPS ideology – that we are all the same and have the same rights and value even if we come from different parts of the world. We used paper, pasta and photos to make and decorate our own world.

Under den här terminen har vi firat både fredsdagen och jorden-dagen. Vi pratade om vår ideologi på förskolan och att vi alla har samma rättigheter och värde även om vi kommer från olika delar av världen. Vi använde pasta, papper och foton för att göra och dekorera vår Egna värld.

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Open House

Our open house, art show and dress up party!

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Our science project

The difference between ice and water. We mixed food coloring and water and then freezed it in a ball. Then we placed the big ice cube on the table and poured warm water. Then the children experienced that the ice cube easily melts with warm water. In addition they experienced the temperature difference between ice and water. After this, we did messy play with ice cubes, water and food coloring which the children loved!

Skillnaden mellan is och vatten. Vi blandade färg och vatten för att sedan frysa det till en boll. Vi placerade sedan isbollen på bordet och hällde varmt vatten på den. Barnen fick uppleva hur isbollen smälte med varmt vatten mycket lätt. De fick dessutom uppleva skillnaden i temperatur mellan is och vatten under övningen. Efter detta hade vi “messy play” med iskubar, vatten och färg vilket barnen var överförtjusta i!

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Paper plate ladybugs

The is is our activity to appreciate the ladybug-group. We cut plates into two and painted them. Then stick black dots, and made our beautiful ladybugs. The children said that they thought they painted beautifully.

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Den här aktiviteten gjorde vi för art uppmärksamma nyckelpige-gruppen. Först klippte vi papperstallrikarna i två delar och sedan målade vi dem. När de hade torkat klistrade barnen fast prickar och ögon. De tyckte att de själva målade väldigt fint.

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Thank you for taking us along so many different activities and showing us the togetherness and the joy the children are experiencing.

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Biskopsgården preschool 1b – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Our children know the importance of recycling and are here helping preserve our environment.

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The children were making wonderful art – by simply using paint and their hands.

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Preschool 1b children took a walk to our local lake, and they were able to enjoy the nature, as they fed the geese. It was a splendid experience !

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What a great outdoor experience now that the weather just keeps getting warmer and warmer. It is exciting to interact with the ever changing nature that surrounds us.

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Biskopsgården preschool 1a – “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”- Guy Fieri

Cooking and baking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but one that has been used for years as an important teaching and development tool for all ages.

With this activity, the children’s imagination, fine motor skills, and language skills are developed.

 Preschool 1A cooking/baking experience

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Looks like the apples were delicious after they came out of the oven and it sure looks like the children are enjoying the experience. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the children’s day while at preschool!

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Pride parade 2017 – IPS moving with pride

Last week on Friday the entire IPS – family came together to celebrate our differences, and our right to be who we want to be! We sang, we danced, we celebrated, because love is a beautiful thing!

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Some groups had spent some time making colorful headpieces for the parade.

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The children of IPS had all colored their own flags for the walk which they prodly waved.

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We decided to create a circle time, so that we could fill Gustav Adolfs torget with song and love!

 

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Just look at all the different headpieces, our IPS-children are so talented!

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After some wonderful singing and dancing we decided it was time to take off!

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The walk started at Gustav Adolfs torg and went all the way up to Trädgårdsföreningen and despite some rainy weather, we were all thrilled!

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People looked out of the windows of the trams and busses. We also had people stop us on the street to give us compliments, watch us, and take pictures. We were met with cheers and smiles from everyone we passed! Such a wonderful morning as we spread the love around the centre of Gothenburg.

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The entire city of Gothenburg was painted in the colors of the rainbow!

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It was a wonderful experience the whole day through and I feel amazingly proud to be a part of the IPS family where love will ALWAYS win, and where differences are celebrated.

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Älvsborg nursery – “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.” – Einstein

We celebrated Earth Day together. We learned about protecting the Earth and how to treat it well. The children used their imagination to paint their own pictures of the Earth after we looked at examples. We then went outside and collected sticks which we then painted with different colours, and then made into a rainbow wind chime.

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When the weather is good it’s great to go out into the forest together. The children learn how to walk over and climb over different terrains, and they can become more confident. When we went down to the football field we practiced balancing by walking across the lines that are painted on the field.

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At lunch time we try to show our friends how we like to eat our food. Some of us prefer to use spoons, some of us forks, and some of us prefer to use our hands. The children understand that every way of eating is okay, and the important thing is to be who you are, even if that means that you get a bit messy!

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When we practice free play the children learn how to play together as friends. They get to decide to do what interests them, whether that be reading books, playing with cars, or playing in the sand. The children can learn about friendship and the ways in which they can play with their friends, through sharing and showing kindness.

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Lunch time is a great time to show the children how we all are different, and that we all like and prefer different things and that nothing is wrong, because with food its all right! Thank you for also sharing your outing in which they learned about balance and coordination and the earth day where they appreciated the earth a little bit extra!

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Guldheden Nursery “I found I could say things with colour and shapes, that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O´Keeffe

Exploring basic shapes and colors 
 

One of the most basic educational processes: the observation of same and different develops when a child explores different colors and shapes. We all use shapes and colors as a way of identifying, and organizing visual information.

Learning becomes fun by giving children the opportunity to explore their artistic side and boost their self-esteem by looking at their wonderful art work.

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Children are decorating their handprint chicken with feather.

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Children are gluing and coloring eggs.

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Learning shapes and colors.

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Using everyday objects, such as a bottle to make colorful prints.

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Building structures using blocks with different colours and shapes.

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The preschool should promote play, creativity and enjoyment of learning, as well as focus on and strengthen the new experiences, knowledge and skills (Lpfö). 
To develop their ability to build, create and construct using different techniques, materials and tools (Lpfö).