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Outdoor art

Our boys and girls had lots of fun in our garden today further developing their gross motor skills. They collected lots of different materials and chose their favourite colour of paints to create their artwork.

The children chose lots of different sized brushes so that we could see the different marks they would make on our screen. We made lots of big sweeping movements with our large brushes and tiny little movements with our small brushes.

The children chose to paint some shells and pine cones which they then pressed and rolled onto the screen to see the beautiful patterns they made.

We mixed lots of our colours together and made “rainbow patterns”. The children discovered that when they mixed the blue, orange and green paint together it turned brown!

“It looks like waves on the sea”

”It’s a rainbow snake”

We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!

Of course the best fun of all was painting our hands and making lots of handprint patterns. We made lots of squiggles,  lines and wrote our names with our fingers.

Brilliant work boys and girls!

Easter fun in the sun!

We have had lots of Easter fun this week at Cart Mill!

What beautiful Easter bonnets you have made at home boys and girls. Thank you so much for bringing them in to show us!

Some of the boys and girls decided to design and make their own Easter crowns, aren’t they fabulous!

Our children are so creative and had lots of fun writing  their Easter egg hunt clues and designing maps to help their friends find the eggs! We had lots of fun searching all over the garden. We were so excited to find our eggs!

We have noticed lots of lovely daffodils on the way to Cart Mill. We decided to plant our own! We popped them in our greenhouse to keep them warm.

We were so lucky the sun came out this afternoon so we decided to finish off our Easter fun with a Bookbug session with Jo.

Have a love Easter holidays boys and girls.

 

 

Outdoor Fun

It has been so lovely to welcome our children back to our Cart Mill garden and to hear it filled will laughter again.  We’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a wee look at what we’ve been up to!

Our budding gardeners have been busy digging our planters, filling pots, watering them, and of course making some mud pies! We hope to begin our vegetable and flower planting soon and plan to make good use of our amazing greenhouse.

Our new obstacle course has been very popular. The children have demonstrated brilliant teamwork and turn taking when constructing their own obstacle courses using loose parts.

Physical activity is so important to improve our health and well-being. Our children are very active and have demonstrated excellent gross motor skills through throwing, catching, balancing, stretching, pushing and pulling.

The children have demonstrated their excellent numeracy and literacy skills through mark making and making good use of our number square.

We are always amazed by the wonderful imaginative thinking and creativity of our children. From using block play to construct a castle to “keep the dinosaurs out” to building a castle using mud to “stick the bricks together like a proper castle”, we certainly have some budding architects, builders and artists at Cart Mill! Of course we can’t have a castle without some Princesses, so the children decided to make their own! After tidy up time the children decided to make their own Fairy Tree!


Through exploring their curiosity, the children decided to collect some sticks from the “big tree we see from our garden”. It was wonderful to see their creations from, campfires, making their own trees to having a sword fight!

We’ve had a bit of mixed weather over the last couple of weeks but we’ve used it to our advantage! From collecting rainfall, exploring measuring and pouring by making “cupcakes” in our mud kitchen to just having fun splashing in some puddles!

 

It’s always a day filled with fun and laughter in our Cart Mill garden!

 

Fun Friday!

As today was our last day with our children attending the hub, we decided it should be Fun Friday!

The children chose some of their favourite activities. We started with choosing different materials to make some beautiful artwork.

We made beautiful patterns in our play dough and managed a bit of climbing too!

We demonstrated fabulous numeracy skills and turn taking while using our interactive board.

The horrible weather didn’t stop us having lots of fun in our garden.
We investigated making special potions using different colours of paint. We demonstrated lots of fabulous pouring, mixing and measuring and of course we had to add a little sparkle!

With a bit of teamwork, we constructed our obstacle course. Even though it was a little bit windy, we managed some brilliant balancing!


We demonstrated excellent ball control, teamwork and sharing during our game of football.

We decided we needed a little rest so we headed inside for a tasty snack.

We decided to relax with a little yoga!

Of course we had to fit in some fabulous dancing before it was time to go home.

Phew what a busy day. It really was a fun Friday!

We have loved getting to know the amazing children attending our hub. We have  had lots of fun and made lots of new friends.
Take care and we will miss you lots. Xx

Chinese New Year

We have been learning a little bit about Chinese New Year. We learned that this year Chinese New Year begins on 12th February and that celebrations take place for 16 days. It is the most important holiday in China, but it is also celebrated by people all around the world.  We enjoyed learning all about the Lantern Festival which takes place at the end of the celebrations. We looked at lots of lovely photographs of the lanterns and decided to make some of our own!

Although traditional  Chinese lanterns were red to symbolise fire, good fortune and joy, and gold to symbolise wealth, they can also be all different shapes, colours and sizes. We decided to choose our favourite colours and worked really hard to decorate our lanterns to make them nice and colourful.

We used our excellent fine motor skills to fold and cut our paper, it was a little tricky!

Then it was time to carefully glue our paper to make our lantern shape. We had to be very careful not to rip our paper!

We wondered how we would carry our lanterns? We used our problem solving skills and carefully cut some paper and decided to use more glue to stick it onto the top of our lanterns to make a handle.  Well done boys and girls!

Our lanterns were finished! Don’t they look amazing!

 

 

 

Crazy Cress!

It was a bit of a gloomy day in our garden today but we decided to go outside and have some fun anyway!

While we were playing, the children chatted about things we could do to brighten up our garden. We thought that some plants and flowers might add some lovely colour! As it’s still cold and not very sunny, we decided to plant something that would grow quickly and wouldn’t need a lot of sunshine.

We had a look through our packets of seeds and found some cress! We read the packet and discovered we could plant it any time of the year, it wouldn’t need sunshine to grow and most importantly we could taste some to see if we like it! The children thought the cress would be fun to grow because it “looks like little trees”.

We had a look at our seeds and they were so tiny! We had to be so careful not to drop them. We found some plastic cups so we thought that we would recycle them and use them for our “plant pots”.

We decided to investigate what our cress would need to help it grow. We had a look at some pictures and saw that some people plant their cress in soil and some put it onto cotton wool! The children thought this was very funny. We decided to carry out our own experiment and plant some in soil and some on cotton wool and then watch them to see which one grows the fastest!

We had lots of fun collecting our soil and getting a little bit muddy!


The children made a fantastic job of carefully placing their seeds in the soil and onto the cotton wool. Then we added a little water to help them grow.

The children made some labels for their pots.

We decided it was too cold for our cress outside so we took them inside where it was warm and cozy.


We can’t wait to see which of our cress grows the fastest!

Which one do you think it will be boys and girls, soil or cotton wool?

 

 

Marvellous Mark Making!

Our children have had lots of fun developing their mark making skills this week!

We decided to use some shaving foam “because it was all fluffy and smelled nice” and the children collected lots of different materials to see what marks and pattens they could make.

We used some of the branches from our Christmas Tree, pine cones, lollipop sticks and our fingers to see the different marks each made.
The children thought the Christmas tree made the best marks.

We decided to add some “sparkles” and colour to our foam to see what would happen.

We had lots of fun swirling and mixing our foam and “it turned pink. It’s my favourite” Some of the children practised writing their names and numbers in the foam. The children thought the Christmas tree looked like “a strawberry ice cream”.

We had lots of fun drawing patterns on the ground and following them until we reached the end “X marks the spot!” Do you like our “colourful rainbow?”

We were so happy to see the snow in our garden. Our  toddlers had so much fun mark making using their feet. Our dinosaurs came out to play too!

It’s been a busy couple of days in our garden and we have had so much fun using so many different materials to practise our marvellous mark making skills!

Why don’t you practise your marvellous mark making at home? We would love you to share them with us.

Take care and have lots of fun. Xx

 

Snow Detectives!

It was lovely to wake up this morning to a beautiful snowy day. The sky was blue and the ground was covered in white snow sparkling in the sun.

Fun facts about snow!

Have you noticed that its very quiet when it snows? This is because when the snow covers the ground it sucks in all of the noise around it which makes it really quiet!

Did you know that snow isn’t really white? It actually has no colour. It looks like it’s white from reflections from the sun which can make it look really bright and sparkly. Snow is made way up high in the clouds where it is really cold. Water turns into ice because it is so cold and it falls as snow. Snow flakes are made up of tiny little crystals that form in the air and all join together. Each snow flake can have around 200 crystals in it and each one is different. How cool is that!

I decided to go out for a walk and investigate snow a bit more. Even though the sun was shining it was very cold so I put on my coat, gloves, hat and my cozy socks and snowboots! I was ready to be a snow detective!

Snow had fallen on lots of the bushes and trees on my walk, don’t they look beautiful! I could hear lots of birds in the trees and the snow crunched when I walked, my feet made a funny squeaking noise too!

I spotted lots of different footprints on the ground and decided to measure my foot against one. Do you like my stripey socks, they kept my feet nice and cozy! Which one do you think is bigger?

Can you see all the different patterns on the footprints? Which one do you think are longer or shorter?

I also saw some other footprints and tracks in the snow, can you guess what might have made them?

 

I decided to have some fun in my garden. I wrote my name in the snow, my fingers were so cold!

I decided to ask my family to make a footprint in the snow. Which one do you think is mine? I’ll give you a clue, I’m the shortest in my house and I have the smallest feet!

Finally I decided to make some snowballs and throw them against wall to see what patterns they made. The bigger the snowball, the bigger the pattern I made!

Now it was time for me to go inside, I think I might need some hot chocolate to warm me up! Thanks for beings such amazing snow detectives with me!

Hope you have lots of fun in the snow and please share some of your photos with us. Take care boys and girls.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Our children have had lots of lovely stories to share with us of decorating their Christmas trees at home with their families.  They decided that as we have our very own Cart Mill Christmas tree growing in our garden, we should decorate it!

After much discussion, we decided that we would make our decorations a little different using some of the beautiful pine cones that were kindly dontated to us. Of course at Cart Mill we do love a  little bit of sparkle, so out came the glue and glitter (sorry Michelle!)The children chose their own colour of glitter and ribbon and worked very hard to decorate their pine cones. We then had lots of fun hanging them on our tree. Doesn’t it look beautiful!

A few of our children chatted about the decorations they had outside our houses and some had “special things” on their front door. We had a look at some pictures and decided we would make our very own Cart Mill Christmas wreath.  We had a look around our garden and decided we really needed to collect some “interesting things” to put on our wreath. The children remembered we had seen some leaves and pine cones at our Forest School site so we decided we would go foraging to see what we could find!

The children excitedly changed into their Forest School waterproofs and wellies and we set off, we were so lucky that Val and Blue decided to come with us! Our children had lots of fun foraging and found some beautiful confier foliage, ivy, rosehip and holly.  This sparked lots of interesting discussion on how ivy grows up trees “to touch the sky” and that “holly is very jaggy so you have to be careful” and that “we must  not eat berries we find in the forest” and ” we need to wash our hands when we get back” Great work boys and girls!

We were so excited to start making our wreath. We have been learning about patterns in nature and the children carefully examined all of our leaves and pine cones and spotted lots of different patterns such as “spirals”, “jaggy bits round the edges, they look like triangles” and that our leaves “have lots of different lines on them” you are so clever boys and girls!

We decided to “stick” our different leaves to some cardboard to make our wreath. The children correctly identified we should make our wreath in the shape of a circle. We decided this should be an adult job (with the children giving me some advice on how I should hold my scissors and that I should be careful). We decided to try and stick our leaves with some glue. We were able to glue on our smaller leaves but we needed to do a bit of problem solving as our conifer foliage was  “too heavy and keeps falling off”. We decided we should try to staple on our leaves. We decided this was an adult job and that the children could help by “squashing down Fiona’s hand to make them stick”. The children chose where to place our leaves and of course they decided we must have some extra special sparkle and a great big bow! We had so much fun and our wreath will look fabulous on our outdoor stage.

Finally, yes it has been a very creative week in our garden, we decided to make one last decoration. Paper chains! The children demonstarted excellent team work, sharing and fine motor skills in threading our strips of paper, glueing them together and making sure everyone had a turn. Our children were so clever to identify their own patterns by using different colours in sequence.  We decided to see how long we could make our chain and to see if it would stretch all the way along our garden. Our children proudly held onto their chain and they counted that it was 28 children long! Amazing work boys and girls.

 

We would love you to share any Christmas decorations you have made at home with us.