Big Fit Winter Family & Friends Walk 2019

We are busy getting our plans finalised for the Big Fit Winter Family & Friends Walk on Saturday 9th November.

We will meet in the car park from 8.45 and be ready to walk at 9am.  We will be walking to Busby Glen Park and then on into the the forest to the woodland walkway. This is the route we take to our Forest School site.

We will walk so far along the route and then return on a different path to the play park where there will be tea, coffee, water and something sweet waiting for us.  We aim to be back at Cart Mill by 11am.

Please come along and bring your family, friends and dogs too.  Everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

Ice Age

The children were so ex-ice-ted to explore our garden today as Jack Frost had been to visit! The children noticed that Jack Frost had blown all over the garden and everything was covered in a “fluffy” layer of “crunchy” white ice. One of the children noticed that some of our flowers, leaves and conkers were “trapped” in a thick layer of ice. Another child mentioned that they had watched “Ice Age” at the weekend and the conker looked just like the acorn from the film. The children suggested we make our own Ice Age World for our dinosaurs. We had lots of fun making an icy dinosaur world and the children chatted about how much fun our dinosaurs would have playing in the ice.

It’s frozen like Ice Age”
“It’s an Ice Age dinosaur world”.

“It’s trapped in the ice. It’s so smooth”.

Forest School Cook Out

Today the Monday group had their final Forest School experience. We talked about what our favourite things were over the past couple of months in the forest.  The children said:

”Hot chocolate with marshmallows”

”Jumping in the muddy puddles”

”Collecting acorns”

”Swinging on the rope swing”

”Looking at the leaves”

”Toasting marshmallows”

It has been such a wonderful experience for the children and for Fiona and I as we have watched how the children have developed greater levels of independence, confidence and resilience.

We all celebrated round the fire with some friends and a hot sausage sandwich – delicious!

 

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Book Week Scotland 2019

We are celebrating Book Week Scotland from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November.  We will be exploring some brilliant Scottish books and well known books that  have been transformed into Scots and Glaswegian.

 

On Thursday 21st November we will take part in an Author’s live event which will celebrate 20 years of the Gruffalo with readings in Scots and Gaelic.

 

On Friday 22nd November we are holding a get together “A Blether Book Swap”.  There will chat, coffee, cakes and of course books that you may want to swap.  Please drop in from 9 to 11 and bring your friends and family – everyone is welcome!

Icetastic experiments

The children have been exploring the ice that had formed during last week’s cold spell. One child noticed the ice that we found in our water trough looked very different to the ice that had formed on some of our plants and furniture. What a great excuse for an investigation! Could there possibly be different types of ice?

Now, we could have had an experiment to see if ice lollies, ice cream or sorbets were all different but we wanted a challenge; how many types of natural ice are there, and can we make any?

Well, we discovered there are actually 17 different types of ice but could we make any? Of course we could! Jack Frost helped us too, there was sheet ice in the garden and we also found a little bit of rime on the furniture and plants but we had wanted to make our own. We looked in our nature box and found flowers, twigs, leaves, seeds and nuts which we washed so they had a little coating of water and we popped them in the freezer. Everyday we went in and sprayed them with a little more water to see if we could make our own rime. We also put a thin layer of water in a tub to make our own sheet ice. We filled some pots with water to make water ice. Finally, we mixed salt and water to make sea ice which stayed a little bit soft even after 5 days in the freezer.

So, I bet you all want to know, what other types of ice there is that we did not make out of the 17? Pancake, dinner plate, blue, green, black, hoar, névé, chandelier, candle, hail, interstellar, cubic and hexagonal. Wow, so many types!

This activity had the children guessing, thinking, enquiring, exploring and doing in an outdoor environment. We all learned so much and had such a nICE time learning more about the wonders of nature.

We made our own spikey (rime) ice
This is still a bit runny, it hasn’t turned very hard.

[caption id="attachment_12887" align="alignnone" width="945"] It’s so smooth.

Toddlers Remember


Over the last couple of days the toddlers have been talking about the men and women who  worked hard to  give us a safe place to grow up in. We also talked about the animals who did great jobs. They made red play dough and printed with paint to make lovely poppies. We used purple paint to make poppies for the animals. On Monday the toddlers had a “ nearly 2 minute silence to think about special people”,

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