# Rapunzel’s Castle 🏰

Our children really enjoyed the story of Rapunzel and wanted to make a Rapunzel castle.

The children quickly got to work selecting their materials and paint to creating their castle.

The children decided to use the big rollers and brushes. We even explored the paint with their hands.

Once the castle walls were up it was time to furnish the inside.

They brought in logs to sit on, card for carpet and a door.

“This is the door”

”we need a carpet”

“I’m Rapunzel”

The children’s story continued to evolve all afternoon. They had great fun sharing their creativity and imagination.

“This is the bed”

“This can be the kitchen”

Along with being fun, using imagination in their play improves their creativity and promotes communication and language, develops social skills while collaborating with others, allows the children time to explore, to process and to make sense of real life situations.

# ✋ Hand Measuring ✋

We have been busy drawing and cutting around our hand to help us measure how tall we are.

We then took it in turns to measure one another. Counting how many hands tall we each are.

✋✋✋✋✋✋✋✋(8)

✋✋✋✋✋✋✋(7)

✋✋✋✋✋✋(6)

✋✋✋✋✋✋✋ (7)

Once everyone was measure we were able to tell who was the tallest and smallest.

# What’s the weather today?

Today the children have had so much fun playing in the snow falling on their heads. Our children have been using great descriptive words.

“It been raining and snowing.”

“It so cold outside and the ground is going all slushy.”

“Its slidey”

”It’s icy cold I got so wet outside”

When we came back inside to warm up we drew a picture of our favourite weather.

# Measuring rainbow water

Today we have been measuring the water that melted from the ice in our garden.  Which the children had coloured with the powder paint

The children all had different sized containers. Which we discussed which one we thought was the biggest, smallest and the medium sized.  The children then measured how many cups in took to fill their container.

“mine is the biggest”

# When I grow up – Book week Scotland

You will have seen from the November Newsletter that next week is Book Week Scotland. As this year’s theme is the future, we ordered a time capsule that we are going to bury in the nursery garden and we’d like all the children in the centre to contribute to this.

After reading “When I Grow Up” The children have drawn a black pen drawing of what they would like to be in the future so we can then add them to the time capsule.

“I want to be a baker”

“I want to be a doctor”

“I want to be a painter”

“I want to be a princess”

# So much fun on skis

The children have been exploring their imagination by using the blocks as skis. They also demonstrated great problem-solving skills as they came up with different solutions to allow them to move around the room.

The children started using the single blocks to slide their feet but were finding it difficult to move. Some children were able to push off using the furniture.

The children were engaged in their play and started using the bigger blocks as ski poles.

As the children played we watched some ski videos to inspire their thoughts.

# A Day in the Discovery Room

Through discovery, natural curiosity and imagination we have been exploring different ways to problem solve and construct a obstacle course and models.

“We can use these long bits to balance on”

“If the wood doesn’t fit we need to move the blocks closer”

“I’ve made a slide for the cars”

“mine has two eyes”

“I’m going to use all these to make a smiley face”

“These nails are the ears like mine”

# Sticky kids

Today the children in the Studio have been engaged in Sticky kids.

Learning how to move their bodies, managing, controlling and sharing space while copying the actions to sticky kids.

The children had great fun bending, stretching, balancing and most of all burning off some extra energy through energetic play. 😁

# BSL/sign with Fiona – Manners

Hi everyone,

Some of today’s signs I have touched on before but its always good to recap and see if you can remember them. 🙂

Today’s signs are focus on manners.

Thank You

Sorry

Good

Well Done

No/Stop

Adding some facial expressions when you are signing can help to convey your message.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

Love

Fiona

# BSL/Sign with Fiona – Playtime

Hi Everyone,

As we get closer to more children returning to Cart Mill, let’s practice some signs focused around playtime:

Play

Friends

Share

Take turns

Boy

Girl

I hope you guys are having some fun with these signs.

Love

Fiona