Arthurlie Family Centre

April 12, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Local business donate resources for our new sandpit.

This is the sandpit on the floor before we phoned the builder’s merchants.



Today some of our children made a shopping list of things they would like for their new sandpit which is now positioned on the floor in the playroom.

Then we used Shona’s office phone to phone a local builder’s merchant to ask if they would donate some of the items on our list.

One of the children spoke on the phone using the pictures on the shopping list to ask for bricks, sand and some fake grass. JW Grants Builder’s Merchants said we could have the items for free and another local business said they would uplift them.

The children were super excited!


April 10, 2017
by Mrs Allison

Creating new and exciting learning environments


The children have been creating new sand areas in our playrooms. We asked some of the local businesses in our community for there help.

The Casey Tree Company donated logs for our space and another local business transported them to our nursery.

“Can I help to put them in?” “I can lift the big ones I am strong”.

The Children were able to lift some of the smaller logs and put them in the areas creating there own ideas in the spaces. Children benefit from this using there problem solving skills, working together in a team and were using there large and small motor skills during this experience. Well done boys you worked well together.


March 30, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Fire Fighters Visit the Nursery

In Nursery we are learning all about people who help us in our community.

Today in the Nursery we had some very special visitors.

Barrhead Community Fire Fighters came to tell us  all about the role of a fire fighter, how to stay safe and the equipment they use. The children were very excited to sit inside the fire engine, spray the water hose and asked lots of exciting questions.

They wore hard shoes.

I’m wearing his helmet.

“What’s a smoke alarm for? It made a loud noise. My Mummy has a smoke alarm.”

March 29, 2017
by Sheena Rainey

Woodland Wonders


The children have been enjoying the good weather over the past few days.   they have been planting sunflower seeds,  Bringing Science to the woods by creating a vortex inside a water bottle, And their very favourite Easter Egg hunt.   This gave us the opportunity to visit the Waterfall which was an awesome experience for all.   We then shared the Easter Egg which the Easter bunny had left.

March 28, 2017
by Mrs Liddell

Numeracy. I can count forwards from 1-10.

“That’s ten.”

“What number do you think is missing? “Eh, 1,2, it’s 3. 3 is missing.” “Don’t look, I’ll hide a number.” “What’s missing?”


“I’m balancing. 1,2,3.”

“What number do you think this is?” “I can’t see.” “Guess.” “Is it 3?” “No, it’s 10.”

Some of the children were out in the garden exploring the numbered stepping stones. Initially the children were using the stones to balance and counting to see how many. The children were able to use mathematical language as a result and were discussing what they could count to and identifying the numbers. As the play and learning progressed, the children became intrigued when they noticed that one of the numbers was missing. This led to playing “Hide the Number” game, which enabled the children to learn about numbers before and after and problem-solve to find the missing number.

I wonder what game the children will be able to create next.

March 28, 2017
by Mrs Allison

Messy Play exploring our senses through touch smell taste and fun

We are are having fun exploring some of our senses touch, smell  and sight this week we have investigated shredded paper, angel delight, cooked pasta, shaving foam and glupe.



It tasted like yogurt.


I played here its alien ears. Its cold and frosty.


I think it feels just like stickiness, cream stickiness.


Oh look at my hands they are all slimey.

Messy play stimulates the senses. The tactile experience gained during messy play helps little ones experience a variety of textures. During messy play, babies and toddlers are developing eye hand coordination and fine motor skills. What looks like a mess on the surface is truly a learning experience for your child.

March 24, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

What is a cloud?

Rain – Where Does it Come From?

Rain makes the grass green and it makes your garden grow. Have you ever wondered what makes rain though? There are always tiny drops of water vapor in the air.

The children have been asking what a cloud is. Miss Wordie asked “I wonder what clouds made from?” One child thought cotton wool. Then Miss Wordie suggested making clouds. The children added shaving foam on top of water and did an experiment to see if they could make a cloud rain. The children asked Miss Wordie, “Are clouds made from rain?” Miss Wordie said, “Yes,  a cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water or ice crystals.”  They then added blue food colouring to the shaving foam and watched the rain in the cup.

“This is so cool”

“It looks like lightening”



March 24, 2017
by Mrs Allison

Mini Kickers using our gross motor and fine motor skills

The children were developing their gross motor skills at mini kickers, learning <a lots of football skills and listening to and following instructions.
“My dad was talking about dribbling, I’m going to score a GOAL”.
“I like learning about football, its funny”.

Proven benefits of regular physical activity across the lifespan include: Healthy growth and development. Building strong hearts, muscles and bones. Acquisition of fundamental motor skills. Improved movement, balance, coordination and reaction time.

March 23, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Daffodil Tea Songs

Songs for Daffodil Tea

How much is that doggy  In the window?

How much is that doggy In the window?

The one with the waggly tail.

How much is that doggy in the window?

I do hope that dog is for sale.

I must take a trip to California And leave my poor sweetheart alone. If he has a dog, he won’t be lonesome, And doggie will have a good home.

I Dig My Garden

I dig my garden, I dig, dig,dig

I dig my garden I dig it deep.

I plant my seeds and I watch them grow.

Along comes a bunny rabbit, oh no!

He eats my carrots munch, munch, munch.

He eats my carrots he eats the whole bunch

I go to my garden, shoo, shoo, shoo.

If the rabbit comes back, what will I do?

Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun

Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun

Please shine down on me.

Oh Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun

Hiding behind a tree.

These little children are asking you

To please come out so we can play with you.

Oh Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun

Please shine down on

Please shine down on

Please shine down on me.

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot, short and stout

Here’s my handle, here’s my spout.

When the kettle’s boiling

Hear me shout

Tip me up and pour me out!

 Chick, Chick, Chick Chicken            

Chick, chick, chick, chick chicken,

Lay a little egg for me.

Chick, chick, chick, chick chicken,

I want one for my tea.

Oh, I haven’t had an egg since Easter,

 And now it’s half past three.

So, chick, chick, chick, chick chicken,

Lay a little egg for me.            


One Mother Hen

One mother hen sat on 4 little eggs

Keeping them warm in her little egg nest.

Then one day she heard a crack.

 And a little voice said as the egg was hatched:

I’m…..a…..spring chicken!

I’m yellow and small

My feathers are fluffy and they’re keeping me warm.

My legs are not long  so I’ll never be tall

But I’m a real spring chicken and I’m having a ball.

March 22, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Intergenerational Working

“I want to come back.”


“I’m drawing me in my book.”

“That’s a flower I made.”


The children in the Teddy Bear Club visited Millview Nursing Home today. The children made photoframes with the adults in the care home.  Then the children and adults sang together using musical instruments.

Nursing home assisted living adults can often feel isolated and excluded. Developing stronger connections between these older adults and our community can have tremendous benefits for young and old. Even older adults with serious memory loss can still enjoy a visit, even if they don’t remember it later.

Children can learn how to interact with people different than themselves and they learn responsibility – because the older people depend on them.

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