All posts by Mrs Hannah

Balloon Fun!

Our boys and girls have had lots of fun playing with balloons. The children had lots of fun naming all the colours of the balloons and choosing their favourite colour.

 

We enjoyed watching them being blown up and growing bigger and bigger and bigger!

 

We had lots of fun making new friends by playing catch and watching our balloons going high up in the air.  We moved our bodies in lots of different ways to throw, catch and chase our balloons!

We even played a game of tennis by hitting the balloon to each other. It was lots of fun.

 

 

 

 

We got such a fright when our balloons went POP!!

 

Nature Photoframes

Hi boys and girls. Hope you’re all well and having lots of fun!

I’ve been keeping myself busy by spending lots of time outdoors and going for lots of lovely walks.  I’ve been busy in my garden and I have been growing lots of pretty flowers in all different colours.
I decided I would take some photographs of my flowers to cheer me up on rainy days! I made my own Nature photo frame to make my photos extra special. I thought I would show you how to make one of your own too. They’re easy to make and I had so much fun making mine.

To make your photo frame you will need:

Scissors (please ask an adult to help you)

Cardboard – you could use a cereal box

Coloured pens

You can draw any shape you like onto your cardboard.  I decided to draw a love heart.

Next I used scissors to cut out my love heart.  This was very tricky so please ask an adult to help you.

Now for the fun part! I used lots of different coloured pens to decorate my frame. I decided to draw lots of flowers using all my favourite colours. You can draw whatever you want to make yours look extra special!

And now finally for the best part of all. Time to take some photographs! I took some photos of the pretty flowers in my garden to show you. I love watching the clouds floating in the sky, so I thought I would take a photo of that too. I had to get my son to help me as my arms were too short to take the photo!

I had lots of fun making my frame and taking some photographs to show you. I’m going to send them to my family so that they can see them too. I’m going to take my frame out on my next walk to see if I can take photos of some of the animals I see in the fields near my house.

Have lots of fun making your frame and maybe you could ask an adult at home to take some photos for you!

Missing you all boys and girls and hope to see you soon. Take care. Love Fiona xx

Mental Health Awareness Week – Kindness Matters ❤️

 


Looking after ourselves has never been more important than right now. The ‘new normal’ has changed the way we live and work. We are all missing our families, friends and colleagues. We are using words like ‘Covid19’, ‘lockdown’ and ‘social distancing’ at a time when we all need comfort the most.

Lockdown has affected every single one of us, albeit in different ways. It has taken a toll on our physical and mental health. At times the emotional challenge of coping in a crisis can be just as difficult as coping with the practicalities of everyday life. Lockdown can be exhausting and most definitely has an impact on our health and well-being.

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness and looking our for each other. With that in mind, there is a lot of support out there for people who are finding life a struggle and who just need a helping hand. No-one should suffer in silence and it’s important to know that you are never alone.
Kindness costs nothing but means everything.

#kindnessmatters

https://clear your head.scot/

NHS24 – on 111

Breathing Space 0800 838587 or https://breathingspace.scot/

I know like me you will be thinking about how this current situation is affecting our children’s mental health. This is a really helpful poster which will help reassure you that just by being there for your children, by listening to them and playing with them, we are supporting their mental health.

 

 

All about Fiona

Hi everyone, hoping you’re all well and staying safe.  It’s my turn to tell you a little bit about me. I’ve loved reading last week’s Blogs and learning new things about my fabulous colleagues, what a talented bunch they are. I’ve a hard act to follow, so here goes!
I was born in South Ayrshire, a long time ago, and loved growing up by the seaside. I have an older brother (who annoyed me so much growing up, but we’re very close now), who lives in Sweden with his family, and a twin sister (I’m 6 minutes older and apparently the bossy one!)  Can you guess which one is me? My family say I have the chubbier face and most freckles. Would you look at that haircut!

I met my husband when I was at school, a long time ago. We’re blessed with 2 amazing children, Mark and Katie, who will be 19 and 16 next month (Katie says it’s 30 sleeps until her birthday. She has lots of plans. We’re going BIG , apparently, because you’re only 16 once!) I can’t believe how grown up they are. They’re such good company and have kept me going over the last few months. I’ve loved spending time together as a family. We’ve tried to keep each other entertained, and have had so much fun. Katie has been teaching me lots of dance routines, so Jump Start Johnny might have some competition!
I was a little bit stuck over what else to tell you about me, so my family decided we should do a quick fire quiz round..

Favourite colour : easy, red
Favourite food: Tricky as I can’t pick just one! pasta, pizza, crisps and chocolate ( Katie says I should really be healthier!)
Favourite drink: I’d better say water (my husband says that’s not true)
Hobbies: exercise (my children are laughing now) reading, spending time with family and friends. Hill walking, I managed to climb to the top of a Ben Nevis (had to get that in somewhere!) Oh and I love camping too. I can even pitch the tent myself! (Ok, well sometimes I need a teeny bit of help)
Favourite band: well I do love a boy band! Bros, Wham (told you I was old) and Take That. Gary is my favourite, in case you thought it was Robbie.
Achievements: I did a bungee jump once, I was terrified so I won’t be doing that again! I have a BA in Business and Administration and last year I completed my HNC Childhood Practice ( which was very hard as my brain doesn’t work as quickly as it used to) Mark says that’s the wrong answer. Obviously my family are my greatest achievement and I’m super proud of them (Phew, I think I saved that!)
What do I love the most? Easy, my family (brownie points now!) and my friends, I miss them so much.
What are you afraid of?: Ooh tricky. Definitely boats. I don’t like being in the sea, unless it’s paddling. I do love looking at it though and I would love to move back to the seaside when I’m older. (According to my lovely children that shouldn’t be be too long! They’re  very cheeky)
Best thing about lockdown?:  If there is a best thing, it’s being with my family.  (Mind you it’s sometimes  hard all being in the house all day every day!) Life had been hectic, so it’s been nice to press pause and recharge.
Worst thing about lockdown?  I miss family and friends. I’ve never gone more than 2 weeks without hugging my twin or mum. Virtual hugs aren’t the same. Fridge is always empty, even when the shopping has just been delivered! I love being outdoors so having to stay in has been challenging!
What have I learned during lockdown?: To be healthier, exercise more, appreciate family and friends and never take anything for granted. Oh and I need to brush up on my general knowledge as I always lose that round in our Zoom quizzes. (My family say I could practise/improve my cooking skills, again they’re very cheeky!)

Well that wasn’t too hard after all! I’ve had fun. We try to spend time doing quizzes together and with our family and  friends. It’s a great way to keep in touch. (This is where I remind my children we didn’t have the internet when I was growing up, which horrifies them as they couldn’t survive without WIFI) I must also learn to print off more photographs as I have over 8,000 on my phone!
I’m missing everyone very much and can’t wait to see you all soon. Take care, stay safe and have fun. Lots of love, Fiona xx

Fiona and the Beanstalk

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine!
I have loved reading our blogs this week and seeing what my friends from Cart Mill have been doing, what a lovely surprise to see Camembear too! I thought I would finish this week by showing you what has been happening to the seeds I planted a few weeks ago.
Althought it’s been lovely and sunny outside, it’s still a little cold and windy, so my seeds have been keeping cozy and warm on the windowsills around my house. Seeds need lots of looking after when they are beginning to grow, so I’ve been making sure to check on them everyday. Just like us, seeds also need water to keep them healthy, so I’ve been giving them a little everyday.


As you can see, lots of my seeds have started to grow! Their shoots are reaching out of the soil and it looks like they’re trying to touch the sunshine! Some of the seeds are growing so big that they need a little more space, just like we do when we’re growing big and strong. I very carefully took the strongest plants and moved them to a bigger pot which will help them spread their roots and grow bigger and stronger. I made sure to tuck them in safely with a little more soil and gave them a drink of water as they must be thirsty with all that growing!

Can you see the long bits at the bottom of the plant that looks like string? These are called the roots. The plant uses it’s roots to pick up all the water and food it needs from the soil to help it grow. We have to be very careful not to break the roots or our plants wouldn’t be able to have anything to eat or drink and wouldn’t grow.

My lovely flowers are starting to grow too! I can’t wait to see what colours they are!

I’ve saved my favourite for last, my beanstalks! Just look how big and strong they have grown! If you look carefully, you can see the big strong roots growing down the side which means the beanstalks have had lots of food and drink which have helped make them so tall and strong.

I wonder if my beanstalk will grow any magic beans just like Jack had? I hope there isn’t a giant at the top! I haven’t found a hen yet, thankfully, but I have been eating lots of golden chocolate eggs!
Spring is my favourite time of year and although this year is full of uncertainty, it’s lovely to see new life and colour growing all around us and it’s definitely bringing my family a little hope and happiness.

Missing you all and hoping our Cart Mill family can help Val and I plant our vegetables and flowers and bring some happiness back to our Cart Mill garden soon. Take care and stay safe.

Love Fiona xx

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!

Dinosaur World

The children have enjoyed reading our Gigantosaurus book. We discussed where dinosaurs might live and what they might eat? The children excitedly suggested we build a world for our dinosaurs in our garden! We set off round the garden to look for some rocks, sticks and leaves for our world. The children suggested we have some sand for the dinosaurs to play in, just like our sandpit in the garden. Of course, our dinosaurs needed a bath to have a wash in because they would be dirty from playing in the sand! We had lots of fun building our dinosaur world and playing with our dinosaurs. Doesn’t it look amazing!

 

“He’s playing in the sand.”

“He’s all dirty and needs a bath.”

“I’m washing my dinosaur.”

“I’ve built a house for Stegosaurus.”

“My dinosaur likes to eat leaves.”

Our amazing Dinosaur World!