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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!

Getting creative in the Garden!!

Today the children were having great fun in the garden. They really enjoyed some gross motor art. They were using rollers to paint on a large shower curtain! They were rolling, reaching and stretching, developing both their gross motor skills and hand eye coordination whilst having great fun and chatting to each other.

”Look at my rainbow!”, “I’ve made a big road!”

The children also had fun den building with our new camouflage materials and pegs. This helps the children develop important skills like problem solving, teamwork and role play! Once the children had built their den they were happy playing inside pretending to sell ice cream out the door! Great fun was had by all!

Windy day in the garden!!

Today the children have been very busy in the garden. We had some lovely red rose petals to add to our shells, acorns and other natural resources! The children got very involved in some transient art activity. They were very imaginative with some children creating lovely patterns.


“I am making a circle!”

”I made my mummy with red eyes!”

The children were very excited to get a yummy snack of vegetable pakora cooked by Val on the fire! This is a big favourite at Cartmill and the children enjoyed sitting at a distance watching it cook!

Some children noticed a kite flying outside the garden! Since it was so windy the kite was really ‘dancing’ in the sky. The children wanted to make their own kites to fly in the garden so that is what we did!

We designed our own kites and cut them out! We stuck ribbon to the back and thanks to the big wind we had great fun flying them in the garden!

“Mine is super fast!”

“My kite can touch the sky!”

What creative children we have at Cartmill!

Floating boats!!

Today in the garden the children took part in a little experiment. Following on from our floating and sinking activities some of the children wanted to make boats to float. We made boats out of different materials. We used egg cartons and cupcake holders as our bases.

First the children decorated their own sails for the boats.

“Mine is a triangle!” ……..  “Mine is all yellow cause that’s my favourite colour!”

The children then decorated lollipop sticks each to attach their sails to their boats! They attached the sails to the lollipop sticks using blu tack.

“I’m pressing it hard!”

We then attached our sails to our boat bases. We made a cardboard one and a plastic one each!

We then tried to sail our boats in the water tray! We made great predictions.

”I think both my boats will sail!” …….  “This one will be faster!”

”I don’t want mine to sink!”

The children quickly noticed that the egg carton boats were all sinking whilst the plastic boats were all sailing. The cardboard boats were absorbing all the water whilst the plastic ones floated on the top of the water! We now know that if you put cardboard in water it will sink and get ruined!

”Ahhhh my boat is all floppy! ……. “Mine is super fast!”

 

 

 

Making shapes in the garden!

Today in the garden the children have been developing their knowledge of 2D shapes.  We were discussing the number of sides and corners each shape has. We were focussing on squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The children then made the shapes out of stones and correctly counted the number of sides for each shape.

Some of the children were playing with elastic bands which is very good for developing their fine motor skills and great fun too! They realised they could make different shapes using the bands!

”I made a triangle with 3 sides!”

”Look, a rectangle!”

”I made a house shape!”

We are super at making shapes at Cart Mill!

Garden fun!!

The children have been making the most of the lovely weather so far this week by having lots of fun in the garden. They have been developing both their fine and gross motor skills through a number of outdoor experiences.

The children have been developing their filling, pouring and scooping skills with jugs and containers in the water tray and with spoons and kettles in the mud! This helps the children understand the concepts of more and less whilst developing their hand/eye coordination.

The children also had great fun jumping in the muddy puddles the rain left us, jumping and landing on both feet helps to strengthen their leg muscles! What big muddy splashes!!

The children made a great obstacle course which further develops their gross motor skills. This will enhance their strength and balance whilst developing their coordination and problem solving skills.

What a busy start to the week in the garden! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!!

Coloured water is more fun!!

Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with coloured water whilst developing their fine motor skills. They started with clear water and added red food colouring using little pipettes. The children were fascinated with how the red rippled through the water changing its colour. Great fun was had scooshing the water. The children then wanted to add the sea animals to the water and enjoyed playing with them.  They then added some jugs and cups and practiced their pouring skills. It was a very busy day back at Cartmill!

Which dinosaur is the biggest?

The children have been really enjoying playing with the dinosaurs. They created a dinosaur land out of the big blocks for the dinosaurs to stomp around. Some of the children managed to put all the dinosaurs into size order starting with the biggest down to the smallest. They made ramps for the dinosaurs to stomp along, a longer ramp for the bigger dinosaurs and a shorter ramp for the smaller dinosaurs. The children made some great dinosaur roars and did some great big dinosaur stomps!! Roar!!

The McDougalls Christmas Party

The children have all been enjoying watching the ‘McDougalls Christmas Party’. There has been lots of dancing, singing and laughing! The children particularly found the jokes from the Christmas crackers funny!!

‘What did one snowman say to another snowman?’
‘I smell carrots!’

’What did Santa’s little helper learn at school?’
’The elfabet!’

This certainly got us into the Christmas spirit!! We saw a cheeky elf, Santa and a Christmas fairy visiting the McDougalls. We had great fun doing the Hokey Cokey. It’s a big thumbs up for the pantomime from the children at Cart Mill.

Creative with play dough!

Today in the Home Room the children were delighted to make playdough.  They decided to make green and yellow playdough which smelt of “lovely lemons”. The children were very creative using pretty shells, buttons and other materials to decorate their playdough. Adding props to playdough helps to support the children’s learning. They used their imaginations and produced some brilliant creations. Along with being great fun, playing with playdough helps to develop the children’s fine motor skills. It strengthens the muscles in their fingers which they will then use to write. The children find  playdough calming but were very excited to keep their own piece throughout the day and take home with them to play with.