All posts by Miss Kite

Let’s get Creative!

At Cart Mill we love to explore our creativity in many ways.

We explored with paints on the ground and logs creating different patterns and pictures.

Then we mixed the paint to create our own colours and painted our hands!

Rainbow puddles! Using chalk and water we made lovely rainbows 🌈

When we finished painting we got the hose and scrubbing brushes to clean up the logs and the rain helped wash the rest away.

During this the children learned different ways to be creative, explored making their own colours and becoming more confident in their mark making skills.

How do you be creative?

Come Fly With Me!

Welcome to Cart Mill Airways, were our pilots welcome you aboard our new aeroplane!

Our new state of the art aircraft was designed and constructed by the children in the Discovery room.

The design process was well thought out, we used our smart board to explore different aircrafts such as Concorde, Boeing 747 and Jet planes before we built ours.

The children worked together to build the aeroplane. They used different size and shaped blocks along with loose parts.

We also created a flight menu for you to enjoy while you fly with us.

Today’s flight is to Australia 🇦🇺

Today the children worked together while building the air craft. This developed their communication and language skills. We also Role played different roles such as pilot and air hostess.

We can’t wait to welcome you aboard our next flight. Where will our next destination be?



A la Cart Mill Mud kitchen

Today the children were busy cooking in the mud kitchen.

The children made a delicious 3 course meal with some interesting ingredients.

There were 3 chefs busy in the kitchen and a sous chef collecting ingredients from our garden.

Our starter was soup with carrots, potatoes and leeks😋

“This is main course it’s pizza and it’s your favourite!”

“I’m making the dessert, I help make cupcakes in my house. This is chocolate mousse with chocolate sauce. “

Today the children had such great fun exploring in mud kitchen. We used a  variety of different tools when creating our culinary delights.  We learned a range of skills during this experience such as Literacy and Role Play skills.

What will we cook next in our mud kitchen?




Taking care of our nursery garden

The summer time is here and our grass has grown really long, it was time for grass to get a “haircut”.

The grass was particularly long around our camp fire so we started here. The children got some scissors to cut the long grass, so it was safe when we use the fire pit.

The children did a great job and it’s now safe to do some cooking next week, I wonder what we will make?

After our great job we then moved on to pull out all the weeds from our flower beds.

We were super tidy the children even swept up all the sand and mud that was over the ground and on our rug.

We encourage the children to actively take part in caring for the nursery and the environment by recycling the grass/weeds in our compost bin and is something that will continue this summer and all year round.

A huge thank you to all our wonderful budding gardeners we have here at Cart Mill.

Building with Blocks

In the Discovery Room the children always enjoy building with different sized 3D blocks, however this week we challenged the children and introduced different resources for them to incorporate in their play.

What was different?
Well we put out large pegs, different materials, carpet and poles.

The children worked together problem solving how to connect the material to the blocks without it falling down.

We explored our imagination while designing these with some children using it as dens, bringing in cushions, carpets, books and torches. Other children made a tent and used it in role play to pretend they were camping.

By adding a few simple but different resources the children have took a new approach to their building projects, by using our creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
We had so much fun and engagement when creating our dens. I wonder what we will create in our Discovery room next week?

Helicopter stories

The children in the discovery room have been using their Imagination and creating their own short stories to read.

Helicopter stories are a great way for the children to dictate their own stories and the adult scribe word for word what the children say.

Here is a few short stories from this week …..

The children were the illustrator and the author of their own stories and now the books are out for everyone to read with their friends in the playroom.

Why not have a go in the house, we would like to hear all your stories!


Today we were introduced to musicality.
Musicality helps us to follow instructions, directions and our left and right!

In this game the children followed the onscreen directions. We learned our left and right!

We learned patterns of sound, pitch and rhythm.

We listened to the music and responded, by moving our bodies to the tempo of the music. Was it fast movements or slow?
we moved like fast fluttering butterfly’s and slow grumpy monsters.

We had a great time doing musicality for the first time and look forward to doing it again. I wonder what we will learn next time?


Campfire 🔥 and garden snack

Today we made snack for everyone round the campfire.

We had some delicious pancakes which Val very kindly made for us. We had to remember or safety rules round the  fire.


“The pancakes were yummy, I had one and some milk”

It’s been a warm day today and we have had lots of opportunities to keep hydrated while out in the garden.

We have had lots of fun in the garden this week with lovely spring sunshine coming out to play with us! Please remember to put sun cream on in the morning before nursery and a bottle of sunscreen in your child’s bag along with a hat. Please label them both.

Let’s get busy at the Tinker Table!

The children have enjoyed exploring the resources in the discovery room. This week we made up our rules to keep ourselves safe while using real tools at the tinker table.

We started by exploring different tools and what they could do…..

Then we used different loose parts and wood to create a robot.

The children at the tinker table risk assessed their own safety while using the tools and kept themselves and others safe.

I wonder what creations we will make next week!

Let’s go fly a kite…

From our garden today we saw a boy flying his kite on the hill.  The children were enthralled by it and were jumping up and down in delight as it whipped through the sky.  They discussed it with each other “it’s up in the sky”, “it’s gone” as they watched.

“Look it’s coming right to our garden”

When the boy went home the children asked to make their own.

They said we would need paper, pens, string and scissors.

“It needs string so it can fly”


They were very keen to design their kites and had fun flying them afterwards.

“The winds making it fly”


“If I run it can fly”


“Look at my kite”

Lots of fun and excitement was had!