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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.


 

Outdoor fun!

Today the children in the discovery room were enjoying the fresh air in the garden. They had great fun at the woodwork bench using the tools. With the protective gloves on the children loved hammering and they were developing their fine motor skills using the screwdrivers. Great fun was had at the new music wall. The children quickly noticed that hitting the pots with a wooden spoon made a different sound from hitting them with a metal spoon! As always the motto was ‘the louder the better’! We definitely have future musicians at Cart Mill!!

 

 

The Studio Band!

Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with music! One child had been talking about pipe bands and playing the “big drums”.  We put pipe band music on the active board for the children to listen to and watch. They then had a shot of playing the instruments and tried to play and march in time to the music. The drums were definitely a favourite choice! Playing the drums is calming for children. Playing musical instruments allows the children to express their emotions and develop their coordination whilst having great fun! The Studio band was very loud and great fun was had by all!