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.