Arthurlie Family Centre

September 4, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story and learning experiences.

Outside when the children were harvesting the apples and pears form the fruit trees in the nursery garden they noticed a butterfly on a leaf of a tree.  “One boy said to the children,” Look it’s a butterfly, come and see. Its there in the tree.”  The children then picked the fruit from the trees and helped prepare stewed apples and pears for snack.

Outdoors the children continued to talk about the butterfly and made butterfly prints with their painted feet.

Staff sourced “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book by Eric Carle. The children listened to information about caterpillars and how they turn into butterflies.

The next day the children looked in the bug hotel for butterflies and caterpillars.  The bug hotel needed a bit more grass for its roof and the children wheel barrowed donated turf and added it to the bug hotel.

At twinkle time the children made patterns on drawings of caterpillars using loose parts such as nuts and bolts, tomatoes and gold coins. The children then enjoyed a Very Hungry Caterpillar matching number game and a jigsaw.

Miss Brown, our student, made a caterpillar game with some of the children using a cardboard box, newspapers and paint. The children threw fruit newspaper balls into the caterpillar’s head made from a cardboard box.

August 24, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Producing art using hammers and wooden shapes.

The children produced art using corkboards, metal tacks and hammers.

The wooden shapes can be positioned to create patterns and pictures. This activity develops hand eye coordination and encourages children to use their imagination to express their creativity.

August 23, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Designing the playroom

The children have been involved in developing the sandpit in the playroom. The sand team of children looked at the sandpits in the other  two playrooms and decided that they liked the sand on the floor. “I like the beach on the floor.” The children looked for resouces in and around the nusery to develop their playroom.

The sandpit is not finised yet. Any input or donations from our Barrhead Families and friends would be appreciated to develop our learning environment.

    .  What do you think so far……..?

June 20, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Importance of developing fine motor skills

The children used uncooked spaghetti to thread the pasta tubes during their play.

Fine motor skills involves the development of the smaller muscles in the hand. By developing these muscles at a young age, children will be able to go on to complete everyday tasks, such as writing, drawing, cutting with scissors and button fastening.


June 13, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Preparing vegetables and washing dishes

“I’m chopping the carrots for snack.”

“I like carrots the rabbits eat them.”

“It is hard to cut.”

“Can I have a cloth? I need to get the dirt off.”

Involving the Children

Involving children in meal routines, food choice and food preparation can be one way to help build their resilience.

If children are ‘resilient’ this means they will be more confident in making decisions, taking responsibility for their actions and can deal safely with risky situations.

The acts of choosing, growing, preparing and/or eating food allow children to explore these skills and build confidence for a happy, healthy life.

  • Here are some ways you can involve your children in food routines and activities at home:
  • Children can help with:
  • washing fruit and vegetables
  • chopping, grating, peeling, stirring
  • setting the table, serving, cleaning up afterwards
  • Children can be included in preparing for meals by:
  • Helping to plan and prepare food to share for outings and special occasions

June 9, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Our wheel barrow entry

The children have been working to complete their entry for the wheelbarrow completion. the upstairs children made a papier-mâché archaeologist to push the wheelbarrow with the Skara Brae site. Skara Brae is a Neolithic complex has been found in Orkney (Scotland). While the downstairs children designed a volcano for their wheelbarrow.

May 25, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

The children have been preparing their wheelbarrow for the Greenbank Garden Competition.

The children have been researching the theme of this years wheelbarrow competition “Archaeology” on the internet. When digging in the vegetable patch they discovered some old “things” in the soil.

“That’s a pterodactyl bone.”

“That’s an old coin. I’ll need to brush it.  That’s what Archaeologist do.”

“That’s an old thing.”




May 24, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

The children have been learning about music and musical instruments.

Benefits of Drumming for Children

Music provides a healthy, natural opportunity for children to express themselves while developing  their social, physical, and emotional skills.

The children were talking about singing with a stick and playing the drums and a metal pot.

“I’m singing with the microphone stick.”

“That’s me playing the drums with the drum sticks.”

“I was singing with a stick.”


May 5, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Thank you

Brightest Star - Supporting Bereaved Families

Thank you to everyone who helped organise and donated to the Brightest Star Charity and the Nursery Funds during the Pyjama Walk.

We raised £603.00 for the Brightest Star Charity


£603.00 for our Nursery


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