Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

Trains, Tyres and Tunnels

The children were playing with the train set in the garden when one of the boys exclaimed that he had been on a train from Glasgow to London Euston and he was the engine. Other children joined on the train as carriages and travelled round the garden but they wanted to make their train journey more realistic. “We want a tunnel!” We all planned how we could make a tunnel from the new tyres that had just arrived in the garden. Val and Jaweria got to work digging the tyres into the garden to make our lovely new tunnel feature and off went the train again. All aboard!

Exploring our surroundings

This week we welcomed some children from nearby nursery classes. We have all been busy playing together and building new friendships.  The children from Cart Mill have helped to settle some familiar and new faces. We have been out in our local environment learning about boundaries, hazards and risks. We have been using rope, tools and ring games to build our social skills and team work.  As we are so close to the park we can’t resist going in and having a play there too.

Young Scientists

Over the past two days we have been running some experiments at Cart Mill. Our favourite one involved a raw egg. We took a raw egg in its hard shell and very carefully put it in a plastic jug then added a cup of vinegar. We watched the vinegar start to bubble and fizz before putting the jug on a shelf where we left it for a full day.
The next day we poured the vinegar out of the jug to leave just the egg. We then let the egg roll out of the jug and what a surprise we got, there was no egg shell! The egg felt soft and gooey and it bounced, how exciting! We were able to change the shape of the egg and bounce it on a table until someone squeezed it just a little bit too hard. Oops

It’s an egg!
It feels hard and smooth.
What does this smell like?
I can see some bubbles.
Catch the egg!
Where has the shell gone?
We can squash it…
We can bounce it…
We can squeeze it…
but not too hard!

Climb, Climb, Climb !!!!!!!

We have an exciting new addition in our outdoor area this week and the children have been developing their gross motor skills on the climbing wall.  Climbing is an excellent support which brings many amazing benefits to children and among these benefits are increasing  strength and flexibility in children’s development. It also builds confidence and self esteem while improving hand, feet and eye coordination . Climbing is great to develop communication and listening skills as well as relieving stress. 

“i can see birds and cars”

” i do not need help to come down”

 

You can’t catch me…I’m the gingerbread man!

This week marks World Book Week and our focus is on the traditional tale ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have been having lots of fun outdoors exploring the story in different ways; expressing our mark making and further developing our story telling and creative skills.

Literacy

Mark making using ginger scented sensory trays.

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Retelling the story with our gingerbread man small world.

Expressive Arts

Making our own gingerbread men using loose parts and collage.

Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!

Camping in the Garden

Today we went on a camping trip. After designing and building our tent the children were very hungry and what is the best thing to eat when you’re camping? Sausages! The children helped light the fire, and then they took it in turns to cook their delicious sausages! After our sausage sizzle it was time to go back to the tent and sing some songs.

The tent is up and ready for our camp!

Let’s all sing a song

The sausages are delicious.

Fun in the sun and chilling with the ice!!!

The children in the toddler room were having great fun in the garden today. They were enjoying the sunshine whilst investigating the dinosaurs in the red sand. Indoors had a slightly chilly theme. The children enjoyed some sensory play trying to free the fish from the ice block! They discussed why the ice was slowly melting.

“The sun will melt the ice!”

A day outside …

We have been enjoying the weather and making the most of it by playing outside! We made some lovely yellow gloop today which helped us to explore our senses. It also developed our language through describing the texture of the gloop , “Sticky, slimy, cold, soft slippery”. We have also enjoyed having a picnic in the garden with our friends and develop our physical skills by playing on the bikes.