Cart Mill Puppet Show!

Recently in the home room, the children have shown a big interest in puppets and have been using them to role play.  They have used a variety of puppets such as ones from their favourite stories and some animal puppets to create stories of their own!

The children decided that they would like to create their own puppets and make stories with them.

After creating their own puppets they then decided they wanted to make their own puppet theatre and show so that they could use the puppets. They found resources around the room to make one of their own.

Once the puppet show was complete it was show time!

Outdoor Bookbug fun

Guess who came to visit us in our Cart Mill garden? Bookbug! Today’s Bookbug was all about the weather.

We have experienced lots of different types of weather this week, so we sang different weather songs and rhymes such as Incy wincy spider, Dr Foster, Mr Sun and I hear thunder.

Out came the stretchy Lycra and incy wincy spider got to bounce up and down representing his climb up the water spout.

We had so much fun moving the lycra whilst singing our songs.

We finished off our Bookbug with a lovely story about a bear experiencing a stormy  night .

“Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone, glad that you could come!”

 

 

Barefoot in the paint

Our toddlers had such sensory fun this week, they loved being barefoot in the paint.

Look at the smiles showing their enjoyment.

Look at our hands!

From birth to early childhood, children use their five senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them.

It’s an important part of early childhood development, and providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development.

Learning through sensory exploration comes naturally to babies and young children, which makes sense when you consider that the skills they’ll come to rely on to build an understanding of objects, spaces, people and interactions are yet to be fully developed.

As adults, our senses provide us with vital information that we use to inform decision making thousands of times a day. We may take this ability for granted and barely notice it, but it’s for this reason that helping children to learn about their own senses is so important.

Forest School Fun!

We were so excited today as it was time for us to return to our Forest! We were so independent and managed to put on our own forest school clothes and wellies. It was time to set off!

“The stones are crunching” “I’ve never been this way before but I go on walks with mummy and daddy”

We saw lots of interesting things along the way!

“What’s down there?” ” It might be a crocodile or a shark!”

“It looks like snow!” “It’s a spider’s web”

“I like these flowers” “You can’t touch those, they’re for the bumble bees”

We remembered that we shouldn’t touch or eat anything we see growing in the forest.

“They are like little apples” “No they are beries. We can’t eat those. Only animals can eat them”

We were able to hear birds “singing” and “water”  as we walked closer to our site. We saw lots of cows “having a sleep” in the field. Finally we arrived and saw the river!!

We had lots of fun exploring the river. We used our nets to see what we could catch!

We had lots of fun throwing stones into the river to see how far they could go and which stones made the biggest splash!

We discovered the big stones made a huge splash and the little stones made a smaller splash.

“There’s lots of bubbles”

We used our wonderful imagination to create our own Forest story!

“I found a tunnel. Maybe an ant lives here” “He’s in the wee hole in there” “Maybe we could give him this rock and it would be his bed” ” No that would be too big for him, this one is smaller. Let’s give him one for his brother” “He needs a kitchen” “He needs a living room and some food” ” The mud can be the food” “The grass can be cucumber, I like cucumber” ” I like cucumber too” “There’s lots of rocks. We made a garden. This is our Forest”

Finally, there was just time for a yummy snack before we walked back to nursery.

We can’t wait to go back to the Forest next week and explore.

Cart Mill’s chocolate factory!

The children have had lots of fun  exploring different sensory playdough in the home room. We have been engaging our sense of touch with crunchy and stretchy playdough, seeing what different textures we can feel with our little fingers. We have been engaging our sense of smell too! The children have loved choosing different spices to add into our playdough like cinnamon and ginger. We’ve decided our favourite is chocolate playdough! We loved role playing and making our friends “boxes of chocolates” and moulding the playdough into little pretend chocolates. We made “little choccy muffins” in the oven too, and we kept a close eye on them to make sure they didn’t burn!

Play dough and loose parts

Loose parts are real objects/ ordinary things that can be used or manipulated in different ways. Adding loose parts to the play dough play will enrich and expand the children’s creativity, improve their fine motor skills along with hand eye co ordination and problem solving.

After helping to make the play dough. The children explored the different objects and discovered different ways they could use them.

Their play evolved from sticking the feathers into the play dough to make birds, to stuffing the play dough into the pots and adding some lolly sticks and dolly pegs to create a rocket ship. We then incorporated some counting into the play. Counting forward to 10 and backwards from 10 as our rockets blasted off into space.

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 …. blast off 💥

“My rocket is going to space”

”I’m going to french fry planet”

 

 

The Studio’s Resident Artists

In the studio we have been discovering all about the artist Paul Klee. We had a look at some of his pictures and the children pointed out the colours and shapes they could recognise. He was an artist who used many different media to paint with. He used a wide variety of geometric shapes along with letters and numbers to make playful figures of animals , people and buildings. The children  used marbling inks to make patterns on the paper and then cut up the paper to use in their pictures. They worked well together and discussed what colours they would like to add.

The children also chose to work with chalk pastels, water colour paint and selected some foam and tissue paper to cut up into shapes that they could recognise from his paintings.  The children were developing their fine motor skills whilst using the scissors and glue. We were all very creative and imaginative when producing their own master pieces. Well done. We look forward to discovering how the next artist will inspire us.

Tuesdays Toddler Provocations

The toddlers have opportunities to explore a range of diverse art forms through provocations. Today we gathered some interesting natural resources to use in our clay. The toddlers rolled out their clay, pressing down hard. ‘It feels cold’ ‘Its very smooth after its rolled’ The children decided they were going to press the leaves into the clay to see what mark they left, they then proceeded to do the same with the flowers and the pine cones. They decided that the leaf left the best imprint, the toddlers talked about how the texture of the clay had changed to bumpy after using the pine cone to mark make.

They noticed that all the leaves were different sizes shapes and colours. ‘The green one is the biggest’ ‘I like the wee red leaf the best’ The older toddlers put the leaves in sequence from the smallest to the biggest. They squashed and rolled the clay improving hand eye coordination building gross and fine motor skills learning new vocabulary. The children were pleased with the end result.

Some of the children also decided to use the pipettes for colour mixing on paper towel, promoting colour recognition and developing fine motor skills including building hand eye coordination and of course always encouraging creativity and imagination.

We talked about the colours and how they changed when they mixed. The children liked the bright colours ‘The yellow and red has gone orange’ ‘the pink looks red on the paper’

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