All posts by Valerie MacLean

30 Days Even Wilder

Today we opened our gardens up so the whole centre became one big happy wild space for all the children. Day 19 of #30dayswild saw us watering our garden plants, or at least that was the plan but the children had different ideas…
After watering the plants our children decided they would prefer to fill up the mud kitchen puddle, water themselves and also the odd CDO! There was so much laughter and it was lovely to see our toddlers exploring the big garden.

Our plants need a drink.

Now let’s make some mud

We’re cooking caramel sauce

30 Days Wild Art

We are continuing to do random acts of wildness everyday in the garden. Today we decided we didn’t want to use our paintbrushes to paint. Instead we decided to use some natural resources found in our garden. First, we found some pine cones and then we took two baby carrots that had started growing in our flower beds as we thought they looked like pens and then we cut some of our willow to make bushy paintbrushes. What random act of wildness could you do this week? #30dayswild

This carrot is just like a pen!

I am painting a flower

30 Days Wild

We have been taking part in the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge. Can you do 30 simple but random acts of wildness? At Cart Mill we certainly can! Today we decided that walking in the grass in our bare feet was quite random. The children loved the feel of the grass between their toes. Some of them were extra wild and even tried some mud between their toes!

We began to water the plants…

It all started because our plants looked thirsty after all the lovely hot sun we have had. Jaweria brought out the hose so the the children could water the plants but the children had other ideas, they wanted to water each other! Luckily everyone was protected in their puddle suits so they could all run in and out of the cooling fountain of water while watching it sparkle in the sun.

The Magical Fairy World

The river is like fire.
I think the dragon is going in to the forest.
The King and Queen will live up here.

The children went for a walk into a magical fairy world today. They wanted to make a new world in the garden where a magical wizard and a scary dragon lived. The King and Queen of the land lived high above the garden, watching over their kingdom. The children thought the dragon should live in a big volcano with a lava river. We used some of our plants in the garden to make a deep, dark forest to keep the dragon away from the King and Queen. The castle was made from beautiful flowers that were pink and yellow and white. Everything was happy in the garden until one day the dragon decided to cross the lava river… Now the children had to decide, did the King and Queen live happily ever after?

National Gardening Week

It’s time to plant more peas.
I can pick some parsley.

What a busy time in the garden, the sun was shining and our plants needed tending. The peas and carrots that were planted last month are beginning to grow out of the ground. Little shoots are appearing everywhere and the apple tree has begun to blossom. It is so nice to see the garden waken up after winter but now the hard work begins, watering, weeding and waiting… whatever will grow up next. Our gardeners are hoping for potatoes and onions.

The rhubarb needs a drink.
How many apples will we get?
We need more mud.

Easter Egg Hunt

Look at all the eggs!
I found one.
The Easter Bunny has been so busy.
I’ve found a golden egg.
I hope the doggies don’t eat our eggs.
We found them!

What a surprise we had this morning when we looked over the garden fence, the Easter Bunny had left some yummy chocolate treats hiding in the grass. We were all very excited to go out in the sunshine and hunt for our eggs. Everybody was so lucky as they all managed to find an egg. Now it’s time to enjoy our holiday weekend and who knows, maybe some more chocolate eggs will be delivered!

Trains, Tyres and Tunnels

The children were playing with the train set in the garden when one of the boys exclaimed that he had been on a train from Glasgow to London Euston and he was the engine. Other children joined on the train as carriages and travelled round the garden but they wanted to make their train journey more realistic. “We want a tunnel!” We all planned how we could make a tunnel from the new tyres that had just arrived in the garden. Val and Jaweria got to work digging the tyres into the garden to make our lovely new tunnel feature and off went the train again. All aboard!

Young Scientists

Over the past two days we have been running some experiments at Cart Mill. Our favourite one involved a raw egg. We took a raw egg in its hard shell and very carefully put it in a plastic jug then added a cup of vinegar. We watched the vinegar start to bubble and fizz before putting the jug on a shelf where we left it for a full day.
The next day we poured the vinegar out of the jug to leave just the egg. We then let the egg roll out of the jug and what a surprise we got, there was no egg shell! The egg felt soft and gooey and it bounced, how exciting! We were able to change the shape of the egg and bounce it on a table until someone squeezed it just a little bit too hard. Oops

It’s an egg!
It feels hard and smooth.
What does this smell like?
I can see some bubbles.
Catch the egg!
Where has the shell gone?
We can squash it…
We can bounce it…
We can squeeze it…
but not too hard!