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Upcycling an old table

After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.

During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.

 

Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’

We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath  ‘smooth’

Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size      ‘else it will wobble’

We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’

Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’

We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.

 

Playing with our beautiful new table  ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’

The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’

 

 

What is important to me ?

While working together to make a model of the world the children have been discussing what matters to them.

The children thought that ” it’s important to have friends, kind friends”, “I like to choose what to play” “that I feel safe when I go somewhere new” and that “I like having a happy house” all relevant and important rights to us all.

Here we are developing our fine motor skills by tearing up the newspaper into long strips and applying it to our balloons.

Next we are developing our problem solving skills by building a wooden triangle for the model to sit on “so it will be safe and not roll away”.  Then we are measuring the sticks (maths) and sawing them safely (risk assessment skills) to create a 3d pyramid.

Ta da, our model!

Book Week Scotland

What fantastic experiences our children have had celebrating Book Week Scotland.

Outdoors, “in the deep dark wood” the children chose to follow in “The Gruffalo’s” footsteps and after choosing a character they re-enacted the story taking turns with their puppets. The children also decided to make some of his favourite food : roasted fox and owl ice cream.

 The children also had the opportunity to participate in Authors Live, where the authors read their story in Old Scots.  Inspiring our children to create their own giant artwork of The Gruffalo.

Another Old Scots story the children have been exploring is the “The Teegar that Cam for his Tea”. The Old Scots words have proven a challenge for our children, however they have enjoyed role playing the story and attempting some of the Old Scots words themselves.

Lastly, today we had a good ‘blether and book swap’ with our families.

 

Stay and Play Week

What a wonderful time the children had sharing their play experiences with their families this week.

Our science experiments, where the children were investigating how different substances react. ‘pop’ and ‘fizz’.

Inspired by the fireworks this week the children wished to create their own artwork and decided to use marbles to create the ‘bangs’.

Making cupcakes together, yum!

Inspired by some borrowed instruments, the children enjoyed expressing themselves and encouraged their parents participation in their jamming sessions.

 

 

October break

Cart Mill staff wish all of our children, parents, families and friends a happy October break for those that are off on holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone who is coming to play next week. Let’s all have a fun filled week.

 

Developing our self help skills

This week we have been encouraging the children to develop their self help skills by helping to prepare their own snack.

We are learning how to use a child’s knife safely with adult  guidance “like this, so we don’t cut our fingers”

We are developing an awareness of how to recycle our food waste.

We are tidying up after ourselves and are very proud to be making our own snack.

 

Our creative minds

Today the children decided to use our recycling to make a house. Initially staring off as one child’s idea this sparked the imagination of their friends and soon a small group began to join in. There was lots of discussion around the building of the house “ it needs a roof” and some wonderful idea’s about it’s contents “lots of food in this room”  and “ this opens for the cat”. The children displayed fabulous cooperation, perseverance and creativity working together all day to creat a truly magnificent home.