All posts by Mrs Miles

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre

On Wednesday we had a visit from Clydebuilt  Puppet Theatre. They told us three cautionary tales- The Ungrateful Crocodile which taught us to be kind to others who are kind to us, The Forgotten Treasure which is about being grateful for what you have and a good old favourite Red Riding Hood- The Wolf’s Story.

The children absolutely loved watching the show! There were lots of oohs and aahs and plenty of giggles too. Thank you so much to Steve and Leigh for the wonderful performances.

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

During this term we are investigating time as part of our numeracy planning. This morning we looked at our clock and discussed what we know about time, clocks and why we need them.

“It’s a circle.”- C

”It’s to put the numbers up.”- E

”It’s for play time and home time.”- L

”It’s for lunch time.”- R


Then we made our own clocks. We drew round a circle, made a great  attempt at writing all the numbers and then we discussed the hands of the clock.

Once we finished making our clocks we used them to play the game What’s the time Mr Wolf?

The wolf turned the hand to show which number they were calling out and, even though it was pouring rain, we all had great fun taking turns of being the Wolf.

Cart Mill’s Creepy Cabin

The children have had great fun this week working together to create a spooktacular creepy cabin.

We started on Tuesday by making spiders using pine cones and pipe cleaners. The children used their fine motor skills to cut the pipe cleaners and also to slot them into the pine cones, great work guys!

On Wednesday the boys and girls designed their own spooky pumpkin face using a variety of 2D shapes. The final result looks fantastic and very spooky!

Thursday involved making leaf ghosts. The children had fun painting the leaves and chatting about whether they were making happy, angry or scary ghosts.

Today we made witches hats and draw a variety of Halloween images on the points of them.

And here is Cart Mill’s Creepy Cabin! A collaboration of many fantastic pieces of work. Our spooky pumpkin in the corner, spiders, ghosts and witches hats hanging all around and even some broomsticks in the corner.
Absolutely fantastic work from all the boys and girls, well done!

Can you make a spooky pumpkin?

We have been learning about shapes in nursery and put this learning to use today to make a spooky pumpkin. We started by painting a pumpkin using chalk paint then discussed what shapes we could use to make a spooky face.

How it started….

“He needs a long nose.”

“We can use different shapes for each eye.”

“I used a circle and a triangle.”

“I’m making a monster pumpkin.”

…the finished article.

The children decided to make one eye a circle and one a rectangle then also drew a triangle inside the rectangle to make it even spookier! They made a zig zag mouth using triangles and also gave the pumpkin some curly hair. What a brilliantly spooky pumpkin, great team work everyone!

Patterns in the sand

This morning we have been creating patterns in the sand trays. The children have used the pattern stones to print a pattern and have also been using sticks or their fingers to trace the pattern. Some of the children even started creating their own. We have enjoyed discussing the different shapes within the patterns and what we think they look like.

“They’re squares.”

“It’s a 1, 1, 1, 1.”

“It’s my name.”

“I think it’s curly.”

“I’ve got stripes. “

Snow Volcano

The children used equipment from the mud kitchen to collect lots of snow.

Then we patted it into the shape of a volcano.

I put a little tub in the top of the volcano and we added baking soda, food colouring and washing up liquid.  Then we added the magic ingredient- vinegar!

“It’s like lava coming out the top!”
“It looks like a volcano!”

We had great fun talking about why it was bubbling over and predicting what would happen each time we added more vinegar.

We love measuring!

During Maths Week Scotland the children were measuring each other and helped to create a height chart. We used comparative language to discuss who was the tallest, smallest and even the mediumest!


The children have continued their love of measuring into this week but are now interested in measuring by weight. We have been using the scales to find out which objects are the heaviest and have been further developing our maths skills by counting how many blocks we need to use to balance the scales.

L said, “This side is heavier.”   Then after adding blocks to the other side, C said,  “It’s the same now.”

L said, “The arrow is in the middle.”  C said, “It’s balanced!”

I wonder what we will measure next… 📏⚖️😄



Numbers Everywhere – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

To celebrate Maths Week in the Studio, the children chose the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We focused on counting how many pieces of fruit he ate. The children had fun drawing all the fruit, counting them as they went and also practising writing numbers. Then, as a treat for all their hard work, they got to watch the animated story.

“I drew five oranges.”

“Look at my apples.”

“I’ve got three plums.”

Five senses- taste


Taste buds are sensory organs that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savoury. How exactly do your taste buds work? Well, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. See all those bumps? Those are called papillae and most of them contain taste buds. Taste buds have very sensitive microscopic hairs called microvilli. Those tiny hairs send messages to the brain about how something tastes, so you know if it’s sweet, sour, bitter, savoury or salty. 

It’s not only our tongues that we use to taste though, we need to give our noses some credit too! Olfactory receptors inside the uppermost part of the nose contain special cells that help you smell and send messages to the brain. Here’s how it works: While you’re chewing, the food releases chemicals that immediately travel up into your nose. These chemicals trigger the olfactory receptors inside the nose. They work together with your taste buds to create the true flavour of that yummy slice of pizza by telling the brain all about it!

Fun fact- 

The average person has about 10,000 taste buds and they are replaced every 2 weeks or so. But as a person ages, some of those taste cells don’t get replaced. An older person may only have 5,000 working taste buds. That’s why certain foods may taste stronger to children than they do to adults.

Related activities-

  • Blind tasting- give your child a variety of foods to taste and ask. How would you describe the taste? Is it sweet? Salty? Bitter? Sour? Savoury? You can put a blindfold on them but a lot of children are uncomfortable with that so they could put their hand over their eyes or simply just close them.  If your child is not keen on trying new foods, try varying a food they are familiar with such as popcorn. Different flavours/toppings could be salty, sweet, cinnamon, paprika, parmesan. 
  • Categorise flavours- write the words sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savoury on five pieces of paper. Ask your child to taste a variety of foods and sort each food into the relevant taste category. Some examples of the various flavour groups are:

Sweet food – sugar, maple syrup, honey, cookies, berries, candy

Salty food – salt, pretzel sticks, crisps, crackers

Sour food – lemon, plain greek yogurt, vinegar, pickles

Bitter food – dark chocolate, olive, kale, broccoli

Savoury food – cheddar cheese, soy sauce, tomato, mushrooms

  • Discover how much our nose affects our sense of taste? Ask your child to taste a variety of foods, first while pinching their nose then without and describe the difference in the flavours. 

And finally, to bring the learning about all the senses together-

Create a chart using the five senses as headings to describe different foods e.g.

Taste- how does it taste? Touch- how does it feel? Sight- how does it look? Sound- how does it sound? Smell- how does it smell?
Crunchy Lumpy White Pop Buttery 
Salty Bumpy Fluffy Crunch Salty
Buttery Funny Round
Yummy! Soft

Remember to share your experiences on our twitter page @cartmillcentre.

Have a nice weekend,

Eilidh x

Five senses- touch


Your sense of touch allows you to discover how the world around you feels. Your skin is packed with millions of sensory nerve receptors of various kinds and each type responds to different sensations. They can tell you if something is hot or cold, dull or sharp, rough or smooth, wet or dry. These receptors transmit what is felt on the skin up to the brain which is then able to interpret what to do with what we feel. For example, when you touch a hot object, the signal will be sent to your brain, and the brain will quickly send a message back to your hand to stop touching the hot object. Although your brain receives messages all the time, it filters out the less important ones. That’s why you are not constantly aware of the clothes against your skin. The most sensitive parts of your skin have the most touch receptors in them. Your fingertips, lips and toes are all very sensitive. 

Fun fact- nerves carry thousands of signals every second from the touch receptors to the sensory area of the brain.

Related activities-

  • Feely bags- choose a variety of items from around the house and put them, one at a time, inside a bag or a box ensuring your child cannot see the object. Ask them to use as many words to describe the object as possible before guessing what it is. Is it soft, hard, rough, smooth, sticky, thin, thick, wet, slimy, dry, big, small, cold, hot, heavy, light etc? For example, a polished rock could be described as: hard, smooth, heavy, cold, and small. 
  • Touch receptors- which parts of your body have the most receptors and are most sensitive? Blind fold your child or ask them to close their eyes then, using a very light touch, tap your child in the following places: forehead, nose, lips, cheek, ear, neck, collarbone, arm, finger tip, palm, back of hand, inside of wrist, stomach, back, leg, top of foot, sole of foot, toes. Ask them to identify the body part as you touch it then at the end ask them to identify where they felt the sensation the strongest and the weakest.
  • Textured playdough- try adding rock salt, rice, lentils, split peas, sawdust or sand to your usual playdough recipe and discuss how it feels while playing.
  • Sensory footpath- create a circle of different sensory items for your child to walk through. I have done this previously by putting large trays on the ground and filling them with sand, soil, water, jelly, rice, spaghetti, grass, beans, gloop etc. Each time the child went round the circuit they had to think of a different word to describe what their feet were feeling. If you don’t have trays you could use large Tupperware tubs, shape some kitchen foil into a tray shape or (to be slightly more environmentally friendly) if you use natural materials just put it straight onto the garden path and hose it off later.
  • Touch and feel book- glue various items such as cotton wool, a nail file, sand etc on to paper then write down as many words as you can think of to describe these objects. You could link this to the feely bag game and ask your child to draw the objects they felt or stick in photos of the objects and write down all the words that were used to describe them. 
  • Drawing on your back- to emphasise that we feel using all of our skin and not just our hands, tape a piece of paper to your child’s back then draw a picture on the paper and ask them to draw the same picture on a piece of paper in front of them just by feeling and copying your movements. Start simple by just drawing a circle, a triangle etc then you can get as creative as like. Swap around and have your child draw on your back. Comparing the two pictures should provide some interesting results and a few laughs!

Remember to share any activities you enjoyed on our twitter page @cartmillcentre

Have fun,

Eilidh x