What a beautiful week it’s been at Cart Mill. The sun has been shining and we have all been engaging in our learning experiences outdoors.
Today we were taking part in ring games. We were singing some old favourites and learning some new , long forgotten rhymes.
First we got ourselves into a circle, then we played our first game “in and out the dusty bluebells” we were a little unsure of this game but luckily Jo was on hand to show us how to play it.
Then we played “5 little men in a flying saucer”, “5 current buns” and “ring a ring roses” it’s was such much fun and we all got a turn of playing a different part in each of our ring games.
Taking part in ring games teaches us lots of skills, such as counting, turn taking, learning new vocabulary, social interactions and much more.
After all that fun, we finished off with Emma’s favourite song “the Friday feeling” we got to stamp our feet, jump up high, turn around, clap our hands and shout out loud.
What fabulous fun times in the sun on a Friday to round off another great week at Nursery.
In the Discovery Room the children always enjoy building with different sized 3D blocks, however this week we challenged the children and introduced different resources for them to incorporate in their play.
What was different?
Well we put out large pegs, different materials, carpet and poles.
The children worked together problem solving how to connect the material to the blocks without it falling down.
We explored our imagination while designing these with some children using it as dens, bringing in cushions, carpets, books and torches. Other children made a tent and used it in role play to pretend they were camping.
By adding a few simple but different resources the children have took a new approach to their building projects, by using our creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
We had so much fun and engagement when creating our dens. I wonder what we will create in our Discovery room next week?
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.
Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.
Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.
When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.
When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.
The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.
The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.
Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.
The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.
Today in the garden the children have been developing their knowledge of 2D shapes. We were discussing the number of sides and corners each shape has. We were focussing on squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The children then made the shapes out of stones and correctly counted the number of sides for each shape.
Some of the children were playing with elastic bands which is very good for developing their fine motor skills and great fun too! They realised they could make different shapes using the bands!
We’re going on an egg hunt… we’re going to catch a big one!!
Today the toddlers got a visit from the Easter bunny 🐰 we had lots of fun exploring the garden trying to find all the Easter eggs hidden around. Are they under, over, inside, beside? It got our problem solving heads on, and even had a special map to help us find them all! We had lots of fun!