Toddlers wish for snow

The toddlers have been excited watching the snow showers and discovering how cold the ice and snow is to touch. The toddlers have spent time making their own snowflake pictures using different materials to paint with. The children used paint brushes,sponge dappers and kitchen brushes to make different patterns in their snowflakes. They have also been practising their fine motor skills using scissors to cut out their snowflakes

Pancake Tuesday!

Today the toddlers were celebrating Pancake Tuesday! They were all very involved in helping to make our egg free pancakes! After hand washing the children helped to weigh and mix the ingredients in a bowl. They all had a turn at stirring the mixture. We then all went to the family room to see the mixture turn into pancakes. The children beautifully sang ‘Pop a Little Pancake’ whilst waiting. The pancakes smelled yummy!! Once back in the playroom the children crushed strawberries to make jam and spread it on their own pancake. We had banana on top too! What a tasty snack! The toddlers gave a big thumbs up to eating fresh pancakes!

Snowy Movers

It was a snowy, wet and cold morning in our garden but this didn’t stop our children from having lots of fun! The children decided to design and build their own “snowy movers” course using our loose parts. The children demonstrated excellent teamwork by collecting parts and discussing where they should put them to build their course. They used the cable reels, tyres and crates and set them out in a straight line to climb up and walk along. The children had lots of fun climbing and walking along their course. They then decided they would like to add in some jumping, so we discussed how we could make the course more challenging. The children had some fantastic ideas and worked together to add additional obstacles such as crates and wooden planks to our course so that they could climb, jump and balance.  Our course was a bit more challenging, but with a little support the children gained confidence and were soon demonstrating excellent climbing, balancing and jumping skills. As it was snowing and very wet, the children identified that we would need to be very careful as it was very “slippy”!

Muddy movers is a program of physical activities designed to develop gross motor skills and emotional resilience. By using various loose parts to design obstacle courses, our children develop their core strength, balance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, confidence, problem solving and teamwork skills. Our children gain a real sense of achievement as well as improving their health and well-being and most importantly, have lots of fun!

How tall is your tower ?

The children were super busy today in the construction area building different sized towers, which they decided to measure using a measuring stick. They worked together to compare the different heights of their buildings, developing their mathematical language and concepts ” tallest and smallest”.

They had so much fun measuring their buildings they decided to measure each other.

“I’m so tall…….all the way to the top”.

Exploration of mark making

The toddlers had a great learning experience exploring and creating amazing patterns and prints from everyday objects.

The children explored a variety of mark making tools to express themselves.

We used large tubes to create circle prints, duplo blocks to make fantastic dotty patterns and the scourers to make clouds.

Some of the toddlers enjoyed the sensation of the paint covering their hands and arms.

We all loved the “gigantic art” experience!

Our Sewing Club

A small group of our children have started a weekly sewing group, which will run in blocks to allow any interested children to join in.

This week we are setting our rules, to keep us safe, and discovering the different patterns that we can make with the coloured thread.  A couple of the children have asked if they can learn to sew their names.

This is a great way for children to develop their fine motor skills, hand to eye coordination and perseverance.

Healthier Minds

The  aim of this Healthier Minds Resource is to help parents find the information you need to develop children and young people’s talents and abilities in a way that will support them to meet life’s common challenges, develop their resilience, and have healthier minds as a result.  The links below will take you a video explaining why this resource has been developed and to the healthier minds resources.

https://youtu.be/uUyhOO0zhjY

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/healthierminds

The resource has been developed by East Renfrewshire’s Educational Psychologists. There is more information on the resources and supports available in the booklet for parents below.

Healthier Minds parents’ document final

Den building

The children were thinking of ways to make the home corner more cosy and suggested making a tent and filling it with cushions. We discussed how to build it and what we would like to do inside. First we designed our perfect den….

“I made a rainbow den.”
“I’m going to have playdough in my den.”

Then we built a fantastic den!

“We need blankets.” “I’m cuddling my teddy.”
The children took turns to read each other a story.