So much fun on skis

The children’s 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.

We can make our own stories…

Recently the children have been enjoying using wooden small world figures to create roleplay scenarios.  This helps to fuel their creativity and extend their social skills

Witches, forests and potions

Roleplay is fabulous for promoting literacy skills and helps to develop language and expand thought patterns.

Over time the children have wanted to use the small world figures to tell their own stories.  They have been developing their confidence through acting and performing their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

This story had Mummy, Daddy, the child and a pet frog

Roleplay and storytelling help children to explore and experiment through different scenarios, it can break down the walls of reality allowing them to explore something or someone different from themselves and it can also help them to make sense of or celebrate situations that happen in real life.

Princesses are a favourite character for the stories we are hearing just now

In the past, some of the children of Cartmill have taken part in Helicopter Stories (in a group setting a child makes up their own story, a teacher scribes it and reads it back to the group and then the child and their peers act it out).

This led to one of the children asking me to write down their story that they had made up with the small world figures – they wanted to share it with their family.

This first story spurred other children on and they have been asking to have their own stories recorded to take home aswell.

We have all enjoyed sharing stories with each other and hope any parents who have had some home have enjoyed them as well.

I can’t wait to see where our children’s imagination takes us next…

Junk modelling

This week in the Studio room  the children have shown an interest in using every day recycled materials to make their own models.

We discussed what materials we would need to make the robots.

“We need glue and paint”

“We could use these sponges and brushes to paint them”

 

They decided to make Robots using “big” and “small” cardboard boxes and selected their own paints and materials such as sponges and paint brushes to paint their boxes.

” We chose orange and blue and green paint”

“We are going to glue heads on our robots”

When the boxes were dry the children glued them together to create their robots and decorated them using “sparkly gems” .

Junk modelling is a great way to provide our children with opportunities to develop their imagination and problem solving skills.

We are looking for more bits n bobs to add to our collection that you may have at home :

  • Bottle lids
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Kitchen roll tube
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Cartons

Patterns in Nature

Our children enjoyed exploring our garden today and noticed that we had lots of spiders webs under our roof area.

We discussed how clever the spiders were in making their own webs and looked at the different shapes and sizes of each web. We pointed out all the lovely patterns the spiders had made.

We had a look through our books to see if we could find any other nature patterns. The children chose to look at our “Swirls in Nature” book because it had spiders webs in it and lots of other lovely swirly patterns.

We drew some swirls on paper and the children had lots of fun using natural resources such as stones, pine cones and conkers to make a swirl pattern.

We would love to see any patterns in nature you might have found!

Nacho Friday!

As a special treat for the children this Friday, we decided to have some Nacho’s for snack!

The children were keen to try the Salsa and dip their tortillas into it and loved sprinkling the cheese on top..

”Say Nacho’s everybody!”

L spoke about a trip to the cinema when she saw that it was nacho’s for snack.. ”I go to the cinema with my daddy and he buys nacho’s”.

O wasn’t sure about the salsa at first, but after seeing her friends try it she decided to give it a try herself.. ”it’s tasty”!

”My favourite part is the cheese”

L loved the salsa ontop of his tortilla’s..

Autumn Arts

The boys and girls showed an interest in autumn and were talking  about all the the different colours of leaves on the trees. The children asked if they could make their own autumn tree.

So we decided to use natural resources to paint our tree. The boys and girls were using their fine motor skills, using the sticks and pinecones to create their beautiful tree.

“Look at all the colours, my favourite is the yellow leafs”


“I’m drawing the branches on the tree with the stick”

 

Autumn Walk

As it was such a lovely Autumn day the toddler room decided to go a little walk around the nursery and explore the natural environment.

I wonder what different colours you can see?

The toddlers are off on a leaf hunt


We were collecting lots of different colours of leaves in our buckets


Throwing leaves is great fun too!

Using the leaves to design wonderful autumn creations

Role play

The children in the home room have been very imaginative at creating different pretend play games within the room.

We used material to create one of a kind dresses …

The children started school and brought paper and pens ….

We enjoyed baking some cakes, and made sure we were safe by using oven gloves when taking them out the oven as they were very hot.

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