All posts by Sharon Dobbie

Scrumptious scones!

In the home room we are learning to make our own homemade Vegan Scones.

Following on from the play dough the children wanted to make scones.

We found a recipe that suits everyone in the nursery and are learning to follow the recipe to make our own scones.

We are measuring out the flour using weighing scales. We need to make sure the scales say 300 grams.


We added bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, sugar vegetable oil and 100ml of oat milk.

Sharon preheated the oven to 160 degrees.
We mixed all the dried ingredients together and then added oil before slowly adding milk to make sure it doesn’t become too sticky.
Once we placed the ingredients on a floured surface, we began to knead the mixture.
We then took a rolling pin and rolled them out until they were 3cm thick.
The scones were baked in the oven until they were golden brown which took about 15-18 minutes.

Parachute Play

Enjoying outdoors in the sunshine this morning, the children wanted to bring out the parachute.

We were using the parachute to sing rhymes and nursery songs.
We used the puppets to help us and enjoyed shaking and moving the parachute to make the puppets move.

 

This helps to promote communication and language skills and helps to develop a sense of rhythm.

We lift the parachute following the directions in the song, up and down , side to side, round and round, fast and slow, working the upper body, arms and shoulders.

The parachute encourages cooperation, turn taking and sharing as we continue to use the parachute to play games.

The children had so much fun playing with the parachute in the garden.

Makaton Mania

We are learning some songs using Makaton.

Makaton  can help people who have limited speech or whose speech is unclear and can help all children communicate.

It is used to support spoken language. The signs are used alongside speech in the same order as the spoken word.

We are singing and signing “Five little ducks “.

We are also learning to sign our names during “Hello everyone”.



“I can sign my name”    “it’s fun to sign”

We are having fun learning to sign!

Do it yourself dough

In the Home Room we are learning to make our own play dough by ourselves.

We gather our own materials to make the dough, a bowl, a spoon and a cup for measuring.

We collect the flour bowl and using our spoon we fill up the cup until it’s full.

We pour the flour into the bowl, then collect the salt bowl.

We add 5 tablespoons of salt to our bowl and mix.

We collect the oil and a 1 tablespoon of oil to the bowl.

Slowly we add a little warm water to our bowl and mix.

We keep mixing until our dough sticks together.

(if our dough is too sticky we add some flour and mix, if our dough is too dry and crumbly we add a little more water and mix)

Once our dough sticks together we put in our hands and need the dough.

Its then ready to tip out of our bowl and onto the table.

We are learning to follow instructions and develop our independence skills. We are learning to measure out ingredients and follow a recipe. Some children are scaffolding their own learning  and assisting the younger children with each step.

The children are now accessing this area in the playroom independently and are even cleaning up their own dishes once they have finished playing.

And most of all they are having so much fun making their own dough!

Wintery Walkathon

Let’s get outside for a walk.

Walking is a great way of maintaining health in adults ……. but also great for children too!

Walking  offers countless learning opportunities as well as physical benefits.

Health benefits : it helps keeps you and your children to stay healthy in mind as well as body, keeping active and helping to boost mood and self esteem.

Its relaxing and aids concentration.

Develops independence: on the way invite your child to choose the direction to walk. They may decide to take a short cut or to extend the walk. This responsibility helps them to grow and to become aware of what surrounds them.

Walking improves mood: walking outdoors is ideal for clearing the head and benefitting from natural daylight.

Its fun and interesting you get to notice things along the way and meet people from your neighbourhood.

This week it was snowy, we wrapped up warm and put on our boots to go for a local walk to see what we could see.

We love to be outside and explore our surroundings.

Across from the family centre we found a gate which would only let one person through at a time.
It led us down a path that took us to the river. The children wanted to see if they could find any horses as there were stables in the distance. We continued our walk listening to the sounds of the river and the birds were tweeting. As we were walking we could hear the snow crunching under our feet and the children were chatting.

We reached another gate and took turns going through the gate. We reached a large field with a pathway and continued to see if we could find any horses in the stable. As we got nearer we could see big bales of hay in the stables but no horses. We had a look at the tracks and patterns we had made in the snow with our foot prints as we explored in the field.

On the way back to the nursery the children spotted  a birds nest in the trees.


The children took pictures of the nest to share with you. We talked about what the birds use to make a nest.

It was time to head back to nursery for lunch.

We hope you enjoyed our adventure, we had lots of fun on our walk and although we didn’t see horses we spotted lots of other things on our walk.

Where do you go walking?
Please share your walkathon moments with us on our google classroom, Twitter page or email.

Enjoy your walkathon!   Sharon x

Mark making with Ice paints

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The children in the nursery have been busy exploring ways to mark make using a variety of media and techniques.

We decided to make our own ice paints.

We took turns to fill an ice cube tray with water.

Adding a small drop of food colouring or paint.

We found some lollipop sticks and added them to the tray.

Carefully we took the ice cube tray to the freezer and left them overnight to freeze.

The next day the coloured water had changed to ice!

We popped the ice paints out the tray with a little help from the ladies.

All the children enjoyed making marks on our paper using the ice paints.

 

“I have made zig zags in green”

“I’m drawing me”

”it’s an orange circle”

 

The children continued to enjoy developing their mark making skills outdoors……

In a beautiful blank canvas of snow.

 

 

 

Polar Express

The children had been discussing different festive movies they have been watching at home.

A favourite was Polar Express, this led to the children deciding they wanted their own Polar Express in Cart Mill.

The children selected boxes and wanted to decorate them. They used various media and techniques that were available throughout the studio to design and decorate the train.

 

The children used the various boxes and discussed size and placement as they put it together.

Once they were happy they all jumped inside and  took a magical trip in the Polar Express and used lots of expressive language and actions.

“sparkling snow”

“shouts of ho ho ho “

 

It was great to see the children all working collaboratively, sharing resources and experiencing festive joy.

I wonder what the children will create next ?

 

 

Shake, shake rattle and roll!

The children have been buy in the studio creating their own musical instruments .

The children wanted to create different sounds and used everyday ingredients to make their shakers.

They were developing their hand to eye coordination as they carefully filled the bottles, using spoons and funnels.

The children were experimenting and comparing sizes, describing capacity using  full and empty and describing weight using heavy and light.

We decided to number the bottles and the children were singing “10 green bottles sitting on a wall”

The children enjoyed singing and dancing using the shakers to create sound and music.

Can you hear us play ?

Fun with numbers!

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Today in the Home Room the children were focusing on counting and identifying numbers to 10.  After counting the spots on the wooden steps the children were able to put the steps in order from one to ten. They then had great fun jumping up the steps whilst shouting out the number as they stood on it! The children also helped the ladies to make number lollipop sticks. They counted aloud how many dots were needed on each stick and then sorted them in the correct number order! What great number helpers we have at Cart Mill!!