Category Archives: Expressive Arts

This weeks toddler adventures 😊

The toddlers enjoyed mark making using a variety of different materials exploring different textures and colours.  Expressing their feelings

The toddlers enjoying sensory play in the slime.  Making potions filling and pouring  using lots of descriptive language .

Spring time baubles 🐥for decorating our room. Using our fine motor skills to fill them and choosing  different materials to put into them eg feathers glitter sequence spring time chicks and rabbits .🐰

 

Let’s get busy at the Tinker Table!

The children have enjoyed exploring the resources in the discovery room. This week we made up our rules to keep ourselves safe while using real tools at the tinker table.

We started by exploring different tools and what they could do…..

Then we used different loose parts and wood to create a robot.

The children at the tinker table risk assessed their own safety while using the tools and kept themselves and others safe.

I wonder what creations we will make next week!

Welcome back to the Discovery Room.

Welcome back everyone it’s good to see everyone back again,  We have all been busy exploring the toys in the discovery room and reconnecting with our friends.

We have been investigating the technology toys, working out how to make them move.

We used our creative skills to work side by side with our friends to discuss our feelings and use or writing skills to record how we feel.

We used the interactive board as another way to mark make and record our feelings today.

We were busy using our curiosity to make different objects using different shapes and sized  loose parts in our construction area.

We also took our learning outdoors, to use our muddy movers skills.
It has been so much fun being back and can’t wait to come back again tomorrow.

 

Chinese New Year

We have been learning a little bit about Chinese New Year. We learned that this year Chinese New Year begins on 12th February and that celebrations take place for 16 days. It is the most important holiday in China, but it is also celebrated by people all around the world.  We enjoyed learning all about the Lantern Festival which takes place at the end of the celebrations. We looked at lots of lovely photographs of the lanterns and decided to make some of our own!

Although traditional  Chinese lanterns were red to symbolise fire, good fortune and joy, and gold to symbolise wealth, they can also be all different shapes, colours and sizes. We decided to choose our favourite colours and worked really hard to decorate our lanterns to make them nice and colourful.

We used our excellent fine motor skills to fold and cut our paper, it was a little tricky!

Then it was time to carefully glue our paper to make our lantern shape. We had to be very careful not to rip our paper!

We wondered how we would carry our lanterns? We used our problem solving skills and carefully cut some paper and decided to use more glue to stick it onto the top of our lanterns to make a handle.  Well done boys and girls!

Our lanterns were finished! Don’t they look amazing!

 

 

 

Leaf painting

The children were having great fun this afternoon leaf painting. We went outside to our garden to collect a variety of leaves.

Once all of the leaves were collected they got started, we used our fine motor and creative skills to dip the leafs into the paint and then print them onto the paper.

The children were experimenting with mixing colours together, using their problem solving skills to mix the paint and create another colour.

Let’s explore block prints.

Today in the home room we were exploring our mark making skills.
we got our trays, paper and paint all set up and decided to use the Lego blocks to print the marks and patterns they made.

We picked different shape sizes, colours and shapes of blocks.


We had lots of fun dipping our blocks into the paint, and exploring what print it would make.

When we finished using the blocks ,we then decided to use our fingers to design the rest of our picture.

We had lots of fun getting  messy and mark making our block pictures.


Can you make your own block prints at home? What else can you find that you can print patterns with?

 

Marvellous Mark Making!

Our children have had lots of fun developing their mark making skills this week!

We decided to use some shaving foam “because it was all fluffy and smelled nice” and the children collected lots of different materials to see what marks and pattens they could make.

We used some of the branches from our Christmas Tree, pine cones, lollipop sticks and our fingers to see the different marks each made.
The children thought the Christmas tree made the best marks.

We decided to add some “sparkles” and colour to our foam to see what would happen.

We had lots of fun swirling and mixing our foam and “it turned pink. It’s my favourite” Some of the children practised writing their names and numbers in the foam. The children thought the Christmas tree looked like “a strawberry ice cream”.

We had lots of fun drawing patterns on the ground and following them until we reached the end “X marks the spot!” Do you like our “colourful rainbow?”

We were so happy to see the snow in our garden. Our  toddlers had so much fun mark making using their feet. Our dinosaurs came out to play too!

It’s been a busy couple of days in our garden and we have had so much fun using so many different materials to practise our marvellous mark making skills!

Why don’t you practise your marvellous mark making at home? We would love you to share them with us.

Take care and have lots of fun. Xx

 

Snow Day!

Hi everyone it’s Carly here, I hope you are all well !

It’s snowing! You will need to wrap up warm for this one. Here are some activities you can do in the snow:

  • Build a snowman ( Who can build the tallest snowman?)
  • Throwing snow balls ( See how far you can throw them)
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with water (add food colouring) and make nice pictures in the  snow. Or use some paint.
  • Find a stick and practicing writing your name in the snow

There is lots of learning and development that can be done in the snow,

  •  You can measure how tall or small it is
  •  Children are learning about facial features when adding eyes, nose and a mouth
  • Can you throw it further this time? learning about distance
  • Can you get it as far as that tree?
  • Practicing writing your name in the snow develops literacy skills
  • Gross motor skills are developed as it takes large movement of muscles to get through the tougher snow
  • Weather- Is it hot or cold?
  • Science- What happens when the temperature rises?

There are lots of things to do in the snow, why not make the most of it while its here. Let us know what you learned today.

Feel free to send us pictures on twitter @cartmillcentre

Have a great day!

Letters to Santa.

This Week in the Home Room we have been writing our letters to Santa.

We have been spending time at our writing station practicing our mark-making skills and looking at magazines with pictures of toys in them discussing what we would like for our Christmas presents from Santa this year.

The children have had great enjoyment at making their Santa List and getting to share their ideas with their friends.

Even our Elf was writing his list for Santa. The children wonder if the Elf will take some of our Santa Lists back to the North Pole.

We developed lots of skills during this activity such as mark-making, early writing skills, fine manipulative skills, and letter recognition.


Merry Christmas everyone from all in the Home Room, hope Santa brings you everything on your list.