Today at Cart Mill the children were super excited to create their own farm outdoors. First they collected the resources for the farm and then they talked about all the animals they saw when they visited the farm during the holidays. One child was quite excited about the cow as he told his friends that he knows how to milk the cow. We also talked about what different animals like to eat and where they like to live. This conversation led to children talking about their favourite food and where they live. Some children shared their experience of feeding animals on the farm.
We have an exciting new addition in our outdoor area this week and the children have been developing their gross motor skills on the climbing wall. Climbing is an excellent support which brings many amazing benefits to children and among these benefits are increasing strength and flexibility in children’s development. It also builds confidence and self esteem while improving hand, feet and eye coordination . Climbing is great to develop communication and listening skills as well as relieving stress.
The children were so excited to make pancakes today on fire. They helped to make the batter for the pancakes. To make pancake day little bit more interesting, the children came up with an idea to set up a pancake topping bar which they used to select their topping for their pancakes. They suggested chocolate syrup, strawberries,sprinkles, honey and golden syrup.
Today in our outdoor area children were excited to place the tubes into the bars and pour water into them. They watched the water spouting in all different directions. They had great fun filling the tubes and trying to collect the water as it gushed out. They used a variety of containers to fill, pour and collect water. Children practiced filling, transferring and pouring using different sized containers too.
The children have been developing their observation skills through exploring blocks of melting ice outdoors. They discussed and investigated some of their findings about the properties of ice. They also predicted how long it would take to melt the ice. They decided to experiment with different methods of how to make the ice melt.
Firstly they used cold water to make the ice melt and their second choice was using warm water to see if the ice would melt faster. The children were excited to see the ice melting and discover what letters were hiding inside. Everyone was able to work cooperatively with their peers. The children have also been developing their vocabulary through touching the ice and describing the appearance of it, some of boys said it was “smooth” and “slippery”.
Children have been exploring Scottish things this week in our centre in the lead up to Saint Andrew’s day on Friday. Today they helped to cook a Burns supper outdoors. They helped to cut potatoes and turnips and also got to taste vegetarian haggis. In the afternoon the children had great time exploring the patterns of kilts and started creating their own kilts.
We had fun making lentil soup outdoors today. The children helped to peel and cut the carrots and were excited to cook the soup on the fire. It was quite rainy today so we made a temporary shelter on the side of the fire pit where the children enjoyed to sit and watch the soup cooking. Theyalso liked having a wee taste of the soup and most of children liked the taste.