The children have been working hard to prepare for opening their new coffee shop in the role play area. After some of the children visited Costa Coffee, they decided they would like to sell tea in their shop. To decide which tea they would like to sell we had a tea tasting session!
We began by exploring where does tea come from? We looked on the internet and found out that tea comes from a plant. We decided to cut open a tea bag so we could see what the tea looked like inside!
Some of the children were saying their Mummies and Daddies liked to have sugar in their tea so we explored the different kind of sugar we could have in our shop. The children decided that sugar in little packets would be best.
We had four different teas that we wanted to test, strawberry, lemon, peppermint and blackcurrant. We all had great fun tasting the different flavours.
We decided to record which ones we liked best.
Our favourites were strawberry and lemon.
We are looking forward to the nest steps in our preparations, making sponge cakes and designing our logo !
Today we decided that we were going to complete an experiment in the snow. This was conducted at the grass area behind Cart Mill where we wanted to find out who could go further in the snow! It was a very serious experiment which involved a group of children, and also a couple of CDOs, taking turns to slide down the snowy slope and see how far they got. We also decided to investigate if we travelled further on our puddle suits or on some black bin bags. The results of the experiment clearly showed the bin bags made us all go faster and the bigger ‘children’ went further!
The children were watching some birds this morning and decided that they must be hungry because the ground was covered in snow. We talked about things that birds could eat, such as nuts and seeds but as we are a nut free centre we thought we could put something else out for the birds to eat. Always wanting to encourage recycling, we found some apples that had been left over from last week’s snack and we wondered if the birds would like to eat them. One of the children said we should hang the apples up so we started looking at ways to do this. After some problem solving, we came up with our own bird feeder.
The children in the toddler room noticed the temperature had dropped outside when they discovered the ice around the garden. They found some surprises stuck inside the ice and experimented with different methods of how to melt the ice.
The children are always interested in learning about different countries and the celebrations they have. Today we celebrated Australia Day. We were lucky to have one of our parents in to read stories and discuss her own Australian experiences with the children. We looked at the Australian flag in the art and craft area and tried to recreate it while outdoors, the children discussed Australian artwork and made their own interpretation of it.
The fire was crackling away today for our first stay and play event of the week. Parents joined their children for an outdoor cookery session round the fire to sample a tried and tested Cart Mill favourite, pancakes.
All the children are aware of the hazards around the fire and they know how they can stay safe but we had to make sure our visitors knew how to be safe around the fire pit. The children impressed everyone with their knowledge of fire safety. Risky play is so important to development, it can result in developing more confidence, safety awareness and better risk assessment skills, this works for mums and dads too! After some measuring and mixing, it was time to sit back in the winter sunshine and enjoy our pancakes.
Stay and Play is on from tomorrow, Monday 28th January and will last all week. We have planned learning sessions for you to join so that you can experience some of the learning that the children experience daily in our centre. The sessions will take place at 9.15am and 1.15pm and are as follows:
Monday – Cooking on the fire with Val & Jaweria
Tuesday – Literacy & Numeracy with Helen & Yasmin
Wednesday – Bookbug with Zoe – AM Toddlers Playroom & PM Children’s Playroom
Thursday – Baking with Stephanie MacRitchie
Friday – Forest School with Stephanie MacPherson & Sharon McKenna – PM Session for adults 13.15 – 15.15
You are welcome to pop in and play anytime this week from 8am to 6pm.
This week we had very confident children who reached the height of their choosing using rope and their problem solving skills. The rope was then used to create a swing for everyone to enjoy.
Others continued to explore the forest.
On Wednesday and Thursday sessions in the forest were cancelled due to the weather and so we used the green area behind the centre.
Children explored the area, investigating the ice with magnifying glasses. Some found large muddy puddles and encouraged others to jump in. Children used the ropes and cooperated with each other so that they got to the top of the hill. They also played a game of tug of war.