Christmas is in full swing at Cart Mill, the children have been very busy using lollipop sticks to make colourful Christmas Trees. They have been sorting their sticks into sizes and discussing the colours they have picked. Everyone said their favourite part was sprinkling the glitter over the finished tree!
With St Andrew’s Day looming, we have been looking at our Scottish heritage and what could be more Scottish than shortbread? The children loved mixing the butter, sugar and flour together before rolling it out and cutting it into perfect shortbread rounds. No matter what the weather, Cart Mill’s garden is always a busy, productive place to be!
What a perfect day for some cooking in the mud kitchen. Rain never dampens the children’s spirit at Cart Mill. The girls thought it was the ideal day to go for a walk down our river before measuring out and weighing the water and mud.
Following yesterday’s wet weather cooking, the children were really keen to cook outdoors again today especially as the sun was shining. We looked at all the ingredients that we had and we decided that pancakes would be a great thing to cook. The girls and boys counted the eggs and weighed the flour and sugar, then mixed it in to a lovely batter. We are so lucky to have a new griddle pan that fits on the fire and it cooked our pancakes perfectly.
The children have been baking fairy cakes for Halloween following on from. our observations of them during play. The children were engaged in pretend play making food and snacks and serving them at a table. The baking experience includes learning to count portions and making the portions equal or the same. They are also learning to follow a recipe when cooking.
The children have been exploring bones and the human body as a focus for Maths Week Scotland. They were introduced to this idea by the book ‘Bones’ by Steve Jenkins. In the images below children are creating a skeleton using sorting, matching and symmetry.
Using playdough children created their own bone models and their own piece of art.