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Sewing Group

Over the last couple of weeks. A small group of childfren have been taking part in a sewing group with Sarah-Jane!

The children started off by designing what they would like to make at the sewing group…

”I’m going to make a tablet, like my sisters iPad”
I’m making a minion, his name is Bob, its the same as my jumper”

 

”I’m doing a rainbow and my mummy”
”I want to do a rainbow too, with all of the colours on it”

Once the children had made their plans, the next week they were able to have a practice with the needle and threading. This helps the children to develop their fine motor skills and developing concentration.

The children are keen to contrinue developing and learning new skills. We are so excited to see our projects coming together after some more practice in the next couple of weeks!

Outdoor water fun

Today in the garden the children worked really hard helping to reinstate our water trough.

They started off by emptying the rain water that had gathered over time  scooping up the water in different sized jugs before pouring it down the drain “the water is freezing Jo”

The trough felt “ slippy” and “slimey “ so we squeezed in some washing up liquid and warm water and gave it a good scrub “look a rainbow bubble”

Now that the trough was nice and clean we had to move it into its new position in the sun, the children done a great job of transporting all the water toys and aprons.

All that was left to do was fill it with warm water and decide what water toys to play with and have some fun.

Sorting

Today the children enjoyed sorting different items.

First it was sorting farm animals into groups of the same, even a few jungle animals.

I sorted all the horses. Look some jungle animals too.

The girls sorted out some bricks. They looked at the different shapes.

I am looking for the rectangle shaped bricks.
I found 6 circle shapes.

The children found a box of coins. They looked at the shape and size of each coin and used their problem solving skills to sort them into different containers.

My container is very heavy.
I have hundreds.

Well done everyone. Super sorting.

Guess who came to visit us in the toddler room today?

Bookbug came to see us today, we sang The Hallo song to him.

We read a story ‘That’s not my bunny’

We bounced some toys on the Lycra whilst singing our favourite nursery rhymes, Humpty Dumpty and Baa baa black sheep.

Bookbug had a sneaky turn on our slide

He played hide and seek with his friends

He even joined us for a healthy snack

It was lovely having Bookbug in toddlers today, we all enjoyed seeing him and hope he comes back soon 😁

Some things roll and some things don’t!!!

Today in the toddlers we were exploring the garden investigating items that rolled down the plank.

Some items rolled a little

Some items rolled a lot

It’s good to take turns and work together and work together to problem solve. The children in the toddler room love to explore their curiosity and explore new experiences.
It takes a lot of practice but the toddlers were engaged in their experience 😁

 

World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week 15th – 19th March

Lots of socks is a fun initiative to raise the profile of Downs Syndrome throughout the world.  The Awareness Day for us was today the19th March and this was chance to raise awareness with our children and their families.

Why socks? Well, because chromosomes look like socks and people with Downs Syndrome have an extra chromosome! “Lots of Socks” is acknowledged around the world as being associated with Down’s Syndrome.

We thank you for your kind donations for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.  Here is a quote from them about why today is so special

“This year, we want Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week to reach out to everyone in Scotland as we invite you to #TakeAStepForward and join us in celebrating the value and contribution of people with Down’s syndrome to Scottish life.  We still have a lot to do in tackling discrimination and creating truly equal opportunities for everyone living with an extra chromosome.”

Outdoor Fun

It has been so lovely to welcome our children back to our Cart Mill garden and to hear it filled will laughter again.  We’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a wee look at what we’ve been up to!

Our budding gardeners have been busy digging our planters, filling pots, watering them, and of course making some mud pies! We hope to begin our vegetable and flower planting soon and plan to make good use of our amazing greenhouse.

Our new obstacle course has been very popular. The children have demonstrated brilliant teamwork and turn taking when constructing their own obstacle courses using loose parts.

Physical activity is so important to improve our health and well-being. Our children are very active and have demonstrated excellent gross motor skills through throwing, catching, balancing, stretching, pushing and pulling.

The children have demonstrated their excellent numeracy and literacy skills through mark making and making good use of our number square.

We are always amazed by the wonderful imaginative thinking and creativity of our children. From using block play to construct a castle to “keep the dinosaurs out” to building a castle using mud to “stick the bricks together like a proper castle”, we certainly have some budding architects, builders and artists at Cart Mill! Of course we can’t have a castle without some Princesses, so the children decided to make their own! After tidy up time the children decided to make their own Fairy Tree!


Through exploring their curiosity, the children decided to collect some sticks from the “big tree we see from our garden”. It was wonderful to see their creations from, campfires, making their own trees to having a sword fight!

We’ve had a bit of mixed weather over the last couple of weeks but we’ve used it to our advantage! From collecting rainfall, exploring measuring and pouring by making “cupcakes” in our mud kitchen to just having fun splashing in some puddles!

 

It’s always a day filled with fun and laughter in our Cart Mill garden!

 

Welcome back Forest School!

It might have been a little bit wet, it might have been a little bit windy, it might have deterred some people from visiting the forest but not Cart Mill children, they couldn’t wait to get back out to our muddy, mucky forest. The first thing we had to do was assess any risks. The children looked up to check for loose branches that could have been dislodged by the wind, they looked down to check for branches they could trip over and also for any rubbish that could hurt them. Finally, they looked out to see if there were any jaggy bushes that could scratch their faces. Once we had decided it was safe we played, we climbed, we splashed, we explored and we had FUN!