Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Let’s build a Spider!!!

Continuing our spooky Halloween theme in the studio, children decided to create their very own spiders with clay. Children chose the modelling clay to create their masterpieces. They were fascinated by its cold, firm texture and commented how hard it was to “squish it” compared to play dough. They touched it and squeezed it for little while till it became warmer and much more malleable.

Clay is one of the best media for young children to work with because of the easiness to achieve results and the open ended sculptural possibilities of things to create with it. Children chose pipe cleaners , pine cons, lollipop sticks and eyes to create their spiders. Clay is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills. This particular experience helped children to develop their knowledge of the world by talking about spiders and their body shape, number of legs,habitats  etc.

Autumn Leaves

During the October break some of the children went for an autumnal walk to collect brown, orange, red and green coloured leaves and twigs. Inspired by their wonderful walks the children in the toddler room chose to create their own leaf men using the leaves and twigs they had collected. Then using their favourite leaf, they created their masterpeices developing their fine motor skills, coordination and creativity.

 

Toddlers Autumn Walk

Today the toddlers took advantage of some better weather and went for a walk. We decided to look for leaves which were different colours. We also spotted a thistle, some berries “that only birds can eat”  we found pine cones and some of the children thought that the pine tree was tickly to touch. We brought the leaves and pine cones back to the nursery so that we can make a lovely Autumn picture.

Maths Week at the Forest

The boys and girls were looking around the forest floor at all the leaves and seeds that had started to fall to the ground. Everywhere we looked we found leaves that were green, yellow, orange and brown. The boys and girls began to see patterns in the shape of the leaves, then they decided that they could make their own patterns. They set to work gathering lots of different leaves and acorns and used them to make some lovely nature patterns!

It’s a rainbow leaf

I think it is a flower.


It is small and then it is big.

Apple printing!

The toddlers have a fantastic new tree inside their playroom. They decided it should become an apple tree with lots of green and red apples on it. We used cut apples dipped in paint to create some lovely apple prints. We discussed the different parts of an apple and that the stem is what holds the apple to the tree. Some children wanted to add brown stems to their prints. We were surprised to find out that the stem is the only bit of an apple you can’t eat!! The children are looking forward to cutting out their apples and hanging them to our tree once they dry.

Cartmill’s Got Talent

The children are making good use of our stage area in the “Studio Room” they decided to form a band to perform songs to their friends.

The children were using material to dress up and using the wooden spoons as instruments while singing “Miss polly had a dolly” and “If you’re happy and you know it”.

The children encouraged each other to be confident and perform on the stage together.

Exploring Clay

Children have been exploring clay in the studio since last week. They have been intrigued to explore clay’s texture. Children learned to squeeze, roll, pull and push the clay which helps develops their large and small muscles. Clay has numerous benefits for children’s development for example; playing with clay fosters eye-hand coordination, builds attention span, builds vocabulary – pound pinch, roll, poke, stretch and so on. Children also beginning to tell stories with clay pieces.

Fun in the sun exploring our new garden!

The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill  whilst playing with water.

We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!

They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom.  One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.

We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!

Our creative minds

Today the children decided to use our recycling to make a house. Initially staring off as one child’s idea this sparked the imagination of their friends and soon a small group began to join in. There was lots of discussion around the building of the house “ it needs a roof” and some wonderful idea’s about it’s contents “lots of food in this room”  and “ this opens for the cat”. The children displayed fabulous cooperation, perseverance and creativity working together all day to creat a truly magnificent home.