Designing and building our Number Castle!!

Today in the Discovery Room the children were very busy building an amazing castle which they named ‘The Number Castle’!
Before they started building, they drew a design of what they wanted the castle to look like!

They then gathered their materials and got to work building!
They began building the main castle which included; lights, numbers keys and secret hidden keys!

After spending a lot of time building the amazing castle for the King and Queen to live, the children created a lovely garden space for the Queen and her dogs!

This even included a scarecrow in the middle!
The children then built a wall around the castle to keep the Queen safe!

What imagination was shown by the children, along with great design and building skills! I’m sure you will agree, the final castle looks very like the original drawing! Superb job!

Tuneful Tuesdays

Today in the Studio it is all about music. We have been exploring the sounds that can be made from each instrument.

We sat together and each chose which instrument we wanted to play. We choose from percussion instruments such as the Maracas and woodwind  instruments such as wooden chimes.
We sang songs and played our instruments alongside.

We then explored the sounds that the bells made. We discovered each bell played a different pitch of sound. We experimented playing low sounds and higher pitch sounds and grouping the bells by these sounds.

We further discussed sounds by talking about playing quietly with soft sounds, and loud with harder sounds. We chose twinkle twinkle to sing along with as our soft sounds song and incy wincy spider as our loud song.

We took our learning outdoors to investigate our music wall. On this we have a selection of everyday objects we can use to make sounds. We had pipes, pans, pots, trays  and used bamboo sticks to play the sounds. Each object had its own unique sound.

We all joined together on the outdoor stage to use the instrument we all have, Our voice.  We sang action songs and rhymes together. I wonder where our musical journey will take us to next, stay tuned to find out.

Birdies come visit our garden ……. please 🤞


The children were looking up at the birds wanting them to come down and play with us in our garden, but what would they like?

We talked about asking them to come for a breakfast, but what do they eat? We investigated through use of technology, and discovered they like fat balls made from lard and seeds.  Gail popped to the shops. We had a wee look at the seeds and lard…. YUCK the children said they much preferred their weetabix!!!


We all had turns of putting the seeds in the lard and giving it a good mix, we were all glad we had had a good breakfast as it was hard to mix the lard and seeds together. We then put them in cups with wool and put in the fridge to cool. We will hang them outside for the birds tomorrow!

A little update our cress is starting to grow!

We are all looking forward to welcoming more wildlife into our garden and growing some homegrown produce that we can enjoy both here and at home 😁

Cart Mill Puppet Show!

Recently in the home room, the children have shown a big interest in puppets and have been using them to role play.  They have used a variety of puppets such as ones from their favourite stories and some animal puppets to create stories of their own!

The children decided that they would like to create their own puppets and make stories with them.

After creating their own puppets they then decided they wanted to make their own puppet theatre and show so that they could use the puppets. They found resources around the room to make one of their own.

Once the puppet show was complete it was show time!

Outdoor Bookbug fun

Guess who came to visit us in our Cart Mill garden? Bookbug! Today’s Bookbug was all about the weather.

We have experienced lots of different types of weather this week, so we sang different weather songs and rhymes such as Incy wincy spider, Dr Foster, Mr Sun and I hear thunder.

Out came the stretchy Lycra and incy wincy spider got to bounce up and down representing his climb up the water spout.

We had so much fun moving the lycra whilst singing our songs.

We finished off our Bookbug with a lovely story about a bear experiencing a stormy  night .

“Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone, glad that you could come!”

 

 

Barefoot in the paint

Our toddlers had such sensory fun this week, they loved being barefoot in the paint.

Look at the smiles showing their enjoyment.

Look at our hands!

From birth to early childhood, children use their five senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them.

It’s an important part of early childhood development, and providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development.

Learning through sensory exploration comes naturally to babies and young children, which makes sense when you consider that the skills they’ll come to rely on to build an understanding of objects, spaces, people and interactions are yet to be fully developed.

As adults, our senses provide us with vital information that we use to inform decision making thousands of times a day. We may take this ability for granted and barely notice it, but it’s for this reason that helping children to learn about their own senses is so important.

Forest School Fun!

We were so excited today as it was time for us to return to our Forest! We were so independent and managed to put on our own forest school clothes and wellies. It was time to set off!

“The stones are crunching” “I’ve never been this way before but I go on walks with mummy and daddy”

We saw lots of interesting things along the way!

“What’s down there?” ” It might be a crocodile or a shark!”

“It looks like snow!” “It’s a spider’s web”

“I like these flowers” “You can’t touch those, they’re for the bumble bees”

We remembered that we shouldn’t touch or eat anything we see growing in the forest.

“They are like little apples” “No they are beries. We can’t eat those. Only animals can eat them”

We were able to hear birds “singing” and “water”  as we walked closer to our site. We saw lots of cows “having a sleep” in the field. Finally we arrived and saw the river!!

We had lots of fun exploring the river. We used our nets to see what we could catch!

We had lots of fun throwing stones into the river to see how far they could go and which stones made the biggest splash!

We discovered the big stones made a huge splash and the little stones made a smaller splash.

“There’s lots of bubbles”

We used our wonderful imagination to create our own Forest story!

“I found a tunnel. Maybe an ant lives here” “He’s in the wee hole in there” “Maybe we could give him this rock and it would be his bed” ” No that would be too big for him, this one is smaller. Let’s give him one for his brother” “He needs a kitchen” “He needs a living room and some food” ” The mud can be the food” “The grass can be cucumber, I like cucumber” ” I like cucumber too” “There’s lots of rocks. We made a garden. This is our Forest”

Finally, there was just time for a yummy snack before we walked back to nursery.

We can’t wait to go back to the Forest next week and explore.

Cart Mill’s chocolate factory!

The children have had lots of fun  exploring different sensory playdough in the home room. We have been engaging our sense of touch with crunchy and stretchy playdough, seeing what different textures we can feel with our little fingers. We have been engaging our sense of smell too! The children have loved choosing different spices to add into our playdough like cinnamon and ginger. We’ve decided our favourite is chocolate playdough! We loved role playing and making our friends “boxes of chocolates” and moulding the playdough into little pretend chocolates. We made “little choccy muffins” in the oven too, and we kept a close eye on them to make sure they didn’t burn!

Play dough and loose parts

Loose parts are real objects/ ordinary things that can be used or manipulated in different ways. Adding loose parts to the play dough play will enrich and expand the children’s creativity, improve their fine motor skills along with hand eye co ordination and problem solving.

After helping to make the play dough. The children explored the different objects and discovered different ways they could use them.

Their play evolved from sticking the feathers into the play dough to make birds, to stuffing the play dough into the pots and adding some lolly sticks and dolly pegs to create a rocket ship. We then incorporated some counting into the play. Counting forward to 10 and backwards from 10 as our rockets blasted off into space.

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 …. blast off 💥

“My rocket is going to space”

”I’m going to french fry planet”