Arthurlie Family Centre

September 18, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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Did you know that blowing bubbles can have a calming effect on children?

The exercise of blowing the bubble encourages children to practice deep breathing which has calming effects on the body. The activity of blowing bubbles is also good for strengthening muscles in the mouth.

How to make bubble paint

Put a squirt of paint and a squirt of washing-up liquid into a container. Add a little water and mix well until the mixture is runny enough to blow bubbles with. Using the straw, blow into the mixture until the container is so full of bubbles that they rise above the top rim.

       

September 17, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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The children have been exploring the new water resources in the Zickety Dickety Room.

When playing with water children learn:

 

  • to improve their skill at pouring by developing their arm and hand muscles
  • how water behaves when you pour it from one container to another
  • how water feels and that it can be squirted
  • objects either float or sink
  • that containers hold the most or least
  • that water leaks from containers with holes
  • hand eye co-ordination

 

“This is so cool!”

“Look its coming out the pipe”

September 12, 2018
by Mrs Liddell
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Family Maths Fun

Thanks to everyone who came along to our parent and child maths session. We had fun sorting leaves, sticks and acorns and making patterns together. If you collect leaves this weekend, you could try sorting by shape or colour or size. Can you make a two-part pattern?

September 11, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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DIY Outdoor Games to Make with stones

The children have demonstrated their knowledge of matching and number order using the number line on a piece of wood and number stones.

Games don’t have to come in a box and they definitely don’t need to be battery operated to be enjoyable. Sometimes the best games are the simplest. Playing games outdoors using natural materials can support children’s learning.

 

September 11, 2018
by Sheena Rainey
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Visit to the park.

During our visit to the woods the children were fascinated by the texture of the leaves, and the changing colours. We discussed what the leaves feel like.

September 11, 2018
by Mrs Liddell
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CAN YOU HELP?

We are looking for a telephone table, Welsh Dresser and a bureau. If you can help with this or know where we could any of these items, could you please see your child’s key person.

Thank you

Image result for telephone desk chairHill Interiors Churchill Grey Glazed Dresser

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September 7, 2018
by Mrs Liddell
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Banana muffins

Some of the children were helping to make banana muffins this week. The children were learning to keep safe when using electrical equipment, as well as learning how to follow a recipe and bake in the oven. A parent was very intrigued by what her child was doing so she decided to stay to get involved with the whole process. Another child enjoyed making the muffins so much that he made them when he went home with his gran. Children went to the house area afterwards and re-created making the muffins in there. They demonstrated symbolic play and also demonstrated the skills they learned whilst making the muffins.

“It’s like toffee.”

“I want to do it.”

“What’s this your making?”

“It looks like ice-cream.”

“I’m making banana muffins.”

September 6, 2018
by Mrs Liddell
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Mud Kitchen

The children helped to set up our new mud kitchen in the Aiken Drum room. The children were able to explore the mud and learn about different technologies, as well as using their imagination.

“Ping, Ping. I’ve made mud pies.”

“You need to close the microwave door.”

September 6, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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Where does this go?

The children have been sorting and labelling the resources.

The children have been exploring their new nursery environments after their summer break. To support the children’s learning the children and staff have been taking photographs of the resources to label the storage drawers.

The loose parts stored near the sand are now easily returned to their correct storage drawer.

The children were heard discussing the labels. “That’s a picture of the shells.  The shells go in there.” “I found a lid in the sand. It goes in the bottle top drawer.”

Did you know

Young children start sorting early on when they put their toys in colour-oriented piles. Colour is just one way to sort items. Here are some other sorting groups the children have been demonstrating during their play in nursery.

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Length
  • Type of objects

 

 

 

September 5, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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Explore Patterns, Grow a Math Brain

There are many natural opportunities for pattern play with children in everyday activities.

In nursery the children were engaged in a pattern game on the smartboard. “I know the next shape. It’s a triangle.” The children repeated the pattern during the game helping their friends with the next shape or colour in the sequence.

The children then used plastic coloured monkeys to explore patterns. “That’s a purple monkey then its green next.”

Things to try at home

Finding Patterns Children often identify repeating patterns naturally occurring in their environment such as stripes on a shirt (red, yellow, blue; red, yellow, blue).

Creating Patterns. Encourage your child to create patterns by arranging coloured blocks, crayons, different sized objects, or stringing beads and more. You can also invite them to create patterns in their physical movements such as “jump, jump, clap; jump, jump, clap.”

 

 

August 6, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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GO LIVE at the Green access is free, no tickets are required and the venue will be open daily from 10am until 7pm.

 

2nd Aug 2018 to 12th Aug 2018
10am – 7pm
Glasgow Green
Greendyke Street, Glasgow City Centre G1 5DB
This is a free event
Event organiser/part of Festival 2018
Visit the event website here
Follow Glasgow2018 on Twitter
Facebook information can be found here

GO LIVE! at the Green will take place from 2-12 August. This innovative live experience will bring together sport, fitness, health, arts, food and drink as never before in an engaging and exciting way to encourage people to lead healthy and active lives.

Glasgow Green will also be a key sport venue during the Championships as it hosts three days of elite cycling events.will take place from 2-12 August. This innovative live experience will bring together sport, fitness, health, arts, food and drink as never before in an engaging and exciting way to encourage people to lead healthy and active lives.

Glasgow Green will also be a key sport venue during the Championships as it hosts three days of elite cycling events.

Access is free, no tickets are required and the venue will be open daily from 10am until 7pm. Except on cycling event dates of 5, 8 and 12 August when the venue opens at 8am.

August 2, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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Andrew, who works in our Family Centre, is one of the thousands of volunteers for Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

 

Andrew brought his volunteering uniform and bag to nursery to let the children explore.

The children said –

“This bag heavy.” “Can I see in the bag?”

Thousands of people over the age of 16 have volunteered to take part in the European Championships. The championships will combine the existing sports of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon with new golf team championships.

Organisers hope attendances for the Glasgow European Games of 2018 will be in the region of 250,000 people.

August 1, 2018
by Mrs Silvester
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Team Arthurlie have been training for their own European Games.

Having researched the European games our children have been developing their physical skills by stretching, balancing, running and jumping with others during their play.

Physical play includes activities that use physical movements to allow children to use their energy, and it gives children the chance to develop gross and fine motor skills, learn new things and socialise.

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