Toddlers MacMillan Tea Party

To support the MacMillan coffee morning the toddlers enjoyed making their own shortbread.

They helped to gather all the ingredients and took turns at measuring, adding and mixing it all together before rolling  and cutting it into circles.

After baking the shortbread all the children sat down to enjoy it, everyone gave it the thumbs up “yum yum”.

 

Exploring the world through our senses

Children and even adults learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses (Educational playcare, 2016). Studies have shown that from birth to early childhood,  children explore and make sense of the world through, touching, smelling, seeing, hearing and tasting.

Our children have been working on their descriptive language whilst they explore their senses and to add depth to their learning the children were involved in selecting a variety of materials to explore. Whilst exploring the children were involved in discussions about what they could feel, see, hear, smell and taste.

The children have also initiated an interest in farm animals, we incorporated some foods that we may find on a farm into these exploration experiences.

Here are some of the experiences that we have taken part in.

Touch

” it’s  so squishy”

 

 

Smell

”it smells like onions”

”it smells like soup”

taste

“I like porridge, it’s lumpy”

”honey is sticky”

Seeing 

“Its green and it is bendy in the wind”

Hearing

”it’s  like rain”

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

We are hosting our 5th Big Coffee Afternoon tomorrow, Wednesday 25th September at 4pm till 5pm.  At the same time we are also having an informal ‘Meet the Team’ when you can meet and chat with your child’s key worker.  We hope that you will come along with your family and friends and enjoy some coffee,  cake and chat in our pop up coffee shop.

We will be baking with the children and hope that you can do some baking tonight or tomorrow with your child at home but if not please do not worry just come along. We will gratefully accept all cakes – baked at home or baked by a store.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow!

Apple printing!

The toddlers have a fantastic new tree inside their playroom. They decided it should become an apple tree with lots of green and red apples on it. We used cut apples dipped in paint to create some lovely apple prints. We discussed the different parts of an apple and that the stem is what holds the apple to the tree. Some children wanted to add brown stems to their prints. We were surprised to find out that the stem is the only bit of an apple you can’t eat!! The children are looking forward to cutting out their apples and hanging them to our tree once they dry.

Cartmill’s Got Talent

The children are making good use of our stage area in the “Studio Room” they decided to form a band to perform songs to their friends.

The children were using material to dress up and using the wooden spoons as instruments while singing “Miss polly had a dolly” and “If you’re happy and you know it”.

The children encouraged each other to be confident and perform on the stage together.

Harvest Time in the Garden

Today the boys and girls got to see the results of all their hard work throughout the year. We have tended our plants from little seeds, nurtured them as they have grown, fed and watered them through the summer and now the time has come to taste some of our vegetables!
First we have to pick the biggest vegetables we can find as we want to make soup.

This looks like a big leek

I have a really big onion

Here is another one!

The potatoes need peeled after being in the muddy ground.

Look at all the roots, this is how the plant gets fed from the ground.

The onions get chopped up and added to our soup pot.

So do the leeks…

Now we need to care for the environment and compost all our waste.

And now it’s time to get our soup cooking on the fire.

And at last, it’s time to taste our home grown soup.

Wacky Races

Today in the garden we had the bikes and scooters out to help the children develop their gross motor skills. After playing for a while a child shouts out “Let’s race!” this led to the children having lots of fun taking part in a number of races. Requiring the children to use their turn taking skills and use a sand timer as a visual aid.  We also learned about spatial awareness and tried our best not to bump into our friends as we raced. When we were getting ready to race everyone helped say “ready, steady, GO!”

 

“I outside on a bike”
“I winning the race, pedal really fast”
“Racing friends. I went fast. I lose” (this was said with a smiling face)
“I’m on the bike, I went fast with my legs!”

Developing our self help skills

This week we have been encouraging the children to develop their self help skills by helping to prepare their own snack.

We are learning how to use a child’s knife safely with adult  guidance “like this, so we don’t cut our fingers”

We are developing an awareness of how to recycle our food waste.

We are tidying up after ourselves and are very proud to be making our own snack.

 

Naan Friday!

Today the toddlers came into the 3-5 garden, and helped to make some yummy naan breads! And of course taste them. This allowed some children to taste some new foods and explore our sense further. The children discussed their feelings on what they had eaten, and  talked about liking the garlic and cheesy naan and others preferring just plain.

We even warmed our hands up on the toasty fire!