Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Celebrating all things Scottish 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Happy St Andrew’s Day!

Today in studio room  we celebrated St Andrew’s day by creating our own tartan…..

Looking at pictures of the Scottish flag  we painted one on the paint board, we looked at colours and shapes in the flag!

At snack time we tried some porridge, oat cakes and shortbread it was delicious 😋

Then we tried some Scottish dancing….

It’s been such a busy day in the studio room we had some relaxing time reading Hamish The Hairy Haggis.

Hope you enjoy celebrating St Andrew’s Day. We did !!

Silky Playdough

In the Toddler Room the children love to make play dough. Today we decided to try a different recipe. The children helped to make some this morning and they had fun exploring its texture and scent. They said it smelt like strawberries.

C used a rolling pin to create different textures
A made a coat and hat for his polar bear

Have fun trying this at home. Here’s what you need to make Silky Playdough:-

1 Cup of Cornflour
1 Cup of Hair Conditioner

Mix the cornflour and the conditioner in a bowl. If its too sticky add more cornflour, too crumbly add more conditioner. The play dough should be soft and ‘squidgy’.

The children added glitter giving their play dough a little bit of sparkle. You can add anything to it. Try buttons or beads to enhance their fine motor skills.

Toddlers Construction Day

The toddlers were asked what they would like to do today and they asked for building blocks!

The toddlers spent time talking about the towers that they built, making fences for dinosaurs and building race tracks for cars.

They shared the blocks with each other and were learning how to problem solve, t turns and were very creative with their curiosity and building skills.

Well done boys and girls!

Creative with play dough!

Today in the Home Room the children were delighted to make playdough.  They decided to make green and yellow playdough which smelt of “lovely lemons”. The children were very creative using pretty shells, buttons and other materials to decorate their playdough. Adding props to playdough helps to support the children’s learning. They used their imaginations and produced some brilliant creations. Along with being great fun, playing with playdough helps to develop the children’s fine motor skills. It strengthens the muscles in their fingers which they will then use to write. The children find  playdough calming but were very excited to keep their own piece throughout the day and take home with them to play with.


 

When I grow up – Book week Scotland

You will have seen from the November Newsletter that next week is Book Week Scotland. As this year’s theme is the future, we ordered a time capsule that we are going to bury in the nursery garden and we’d like all the children in the centre to contribute to this.

After reading “When I Grow Up” The children have drawn a black pen drawing of what they would like to be in the future so we can then add them to the time capsule.

 “I want to be a baker”


“I want to be a doctor”


“I want to be a painter”


“I want to be a princess”

Block Play Fun!

Our children had lots of fun today in our garden using their wonderful imaginations to create an amazing house using our wooden blocks.

“It’s a beautiful house”

They worked together as a team to discuss where to place their blocks to make their house.

“This one is a bit heavy.” “We all worked together.”

The children discussed that “There’s lots of toys in a real house” so off they went to find some toys to put in their house.

Block play is a wonderful way of allowing children the freedom to explore, be creative and use their imaginations. Our children demonstrated great problem solving skills and teamwork when creating their house. They compared the sizes of the blocks and discussed how heavy they were to lift and how to balance them on top of each other. There was also lots of discussion of walking on the “uppers and downers” carefully so that they didn’t fall off! “Like we be careful on our stairs at home”.

 

Shake, shake rattle and roll!

The children have been buy in the studio creating their own musical instruments .

The children wanted to create different sounds and used everyday ingredients to make their shakers.

They were developing their hand to eye coordination as they carefully filled the bottles, using spoons and funnels.

The children were experimenting and comparing sizes, describing capacity using  full and empty and describing weight using heavy and light.

We decided to number the bottles and the children were singing “10 green bottles sitting on a wall”

The children enjoyed singing and dancing using the shakers to create sound and music.

Can you hear us play ?

Firework Fun

We have continued our enjoyment with fireworks today in the toddler room where the children helped make playdough in the colour of the night sky.  We added different colours of glitter to represent the sparkles from the fireworks with pipe cleaners and shredded paper to make their own fireworks .

They made edible sparklers using breadsticks, icing sugar and colour sprinkles.  Wow… how yummy!

The children enjoyed sparkly mark making as they drew their own catherine wheels and made their own colourful firework pictures.