Bonjour, ça va?

Bonjour! Camembear came to visit me today, he was hoping to see all his Cart Mill friends and find out how they were all feeling.
We are all very good at saying hello – bonjour and goodbye – au revoir but in the video below, Camembear and I talk about how we are. Ça va? How are you? Are you ça va bien 😁 comme ci comme ca 😐 or ça va mal ☹️?
Watch the clip and see if you can tell Camembear how you are feeling. Remember to sing along with our songs!
Au revoir les amis 🇫🇷 xx

Play dough Play

Who doesn’t love a bit of playdough play? It’s squishy, it’s squashy but most of all it’s fun!

During these challenging times playdough can be the  perfect play experience to calm your child from noisy play into quiet time,

Here are some other ways that playdough exploration can develop your child’s learning……

  • Develops Fine Motor Control- Before they learn to write, children need to develop their finger muscles, strength  and control. During playdough play, children will mould, flatten , squish pinch, break and roll the playdough, all the while developing finger muscles they need to help them hold a pencil correctly.
  • Develops vocabulary-As your child creates and explores with the playdough, they will form new ideas and concepts. Through  this process they will learn new words such as squeeze, roll, flatten etc as well as words describing what they are doing.
  • Encourages Creativity –Playdough is a blank canvas waiting to be moulded into  a unique  creation by your child. Exploring playdough will encourage your child’s creativity as they mould and create from an image they hold mentally into a masterpiece.
  • Numeracy Skills-Following a playdough recipe where your child will measure out the correct amount of ingredients is the perfect opportunity for them to develop their counting and measuring skills.

Playdough is very easy to make! Below I have included a link for some easy non cook playdough.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

Changing the texture or adding different smells to can enhance the sensory experience for your child. Here are some ideas…

Adding some herbs and spices

https://craftulate.com/homemade-herb-and-spice-play-dough/

Adding some shaving foam and corn starch to make some foam dough

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/05/foam-dough-shaving-cream-corn-starch/

Our children at Cart Mill love when we add different resources to their playdough to explore with. Here are some ‘playdough invitations’ to play…..

Adding different household objects to imprint into the playdough is a great way to explore pattern and texture.

 

Adding some nature to explore. Flowers have the added bonus of making your playdough smell nice!

Getting creative by adding marker pens….

As always please keep in mind any allergies your child has when  making additions to your playdough fun.

Please share with us any fun playdough experiences you have done via our twitter page.

Staying in and staying safe!

We are keeping ourselves busy, healthy and fit both indoors and outdoors.
In the morning we are working out with Joe Wicks PE sessions  (really a chance for my 3 children to laugh at me trying to get fit)

Getting out daily for a walk or bike ride, using the trampoline or shooting some Hoops with the basketball.

Jamie and I cut the grass yesterday another little work out!

In the nursery the children enjoy ‘Jump Start Johnny’, it’s available on you tube and are doing a work out for children and parents everyday.

We have birthday celebrations in our house today .
We decided to make Marc some very special birthday cards.
Looking forward to some cake later  🍰
Please stay at home and stay safe!

Rainbow science with Linzi 🌈

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well. I’m missing your wee faces and funny stories ❤️

Today I’ve been trying out some rainbow science with my kids, Seren and Keir.  I know how much the children at Cart Mill love our science investigations so, here are 2 easy ones to try at home with everyday items.

Seren got a sheet of kitchen roll and drew on it with different coloured pens – she did shapes to add a bit of numeracy into this activity – then she drew over them with black ink.

Pop it on a tray as you are about to get messy 

Keir used a spray bottle to squirt water on the shapes (good for fine motor skill development) however you can use anything so long as your wee one can drip water onto each shape.

What colour will appear?

Just like magic, every spray revealed a colour. The paper absorbed the water, moving the colour with it.  Keir enjoyed it so much we did it again with faces.

Next we tried to grow our own rainbow. Seren got another bit of kitchen roll and drew rainbow colours on each end.

She placed it into an arch shape using two cups and tried to guess what would happen. Keir poured water into each cup.

Good for hand-eye co-ordination

We watched as our rainbow grew 🌈

Look at those colours

Keir was able to relate what happened back to our previous activity and he understood the “water maked it move”.

Why don’t you guys give this a go at home and tweet us a picture of your rainbow science 🌈

Take care and stay safe, Linzi x

 

Sign a Rainbow with Fiona -BSL

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and coping with being indoors. I know it can be tough but I am very much looking at the positives of getting to spend more time with my son. My little boy, Arlo, is deaf and has developmental delays, so we are using this time to brush up on our BSL skills. We are only beginners ourselves but I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some basic signs with you.

Sign language is vitally important and it makes such a huge difference to the deaf community when people know just a couple of basic signs to help deaf children and adults feel included.

I would be happy to make more videos if people are interested.

Anyway, to keep things simple, I thought we would start with “good morning”, “good night”, “please”, “thank you” and for a bit of fun, I have signed “Sing a Rainbow” as well.

Good morning

 

Good night

 

Please / Thank you – It is the same sign for both please and thank you but the lip pattern (simply saying the words) is different

 

♬ Sing a Rainbow 

 

I hope you enjoy, please stay safe and I am looking forward to seeing you all soon

Bookbug at Home

Hello everyone, hello everyone glad that you could come!

Everyone enjoys a Bookbug session did you know you can download the Bookbug app to do your own sessions at home.

Children love stories and singing this helps to support your child’s language, learning and social skills.


Why not try it today, there is a great selection of songs on the app in both English and Gaelic if your feeling brave.


In these unusual times just have fun with it.

Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone glad that you could come!

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