Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

All in the name of science

Today we decided that we were going to complete an experiment in the snow. This was conducted at the grass area behind Cart Mill where we wanted to find out who could go further in the snow! It was a very serious experiment which involved a group of children, and also a couple of CDOs, taking turns to slide down the snowy slope and see how far they got. We also decided to investigate if we travelled further on our puddle suits or on some black bin bags. The results of the experiment clearly showed the bin bags made us all go faster and the bigger ‘children’ went further!

And the winner is…

Feed the birds

The children were watching some birds this morning and decided that they must be hungry because the ground was covered in snow. We talked about things that birds could eat, such as nuts and seeds but as we are a nut free centre we thought we could put something else out for the birds to eat. Always wanting to encourage recycling, we found some apples that had been left over from last week’s snack and we wondered if the birds would like to eat them. One of the children said we should hang the apples up so we started looking at ways to do this. After some problem solving, we came up with our own bird feeder.

What can the birds eat?
I can see the blue ribbon.
I think the birds will like a red apple.
How can we hang our bird feeder.
Dinner is served.

Australia Day

The children are always interested in learning about different countries and the celebrations they have. Today we celebrated Australia Day. We were lucky to have one of our parents in to read stories and discuss her own Australian experiences with the children. We looked at the Australian flag in the art and craft area and tried to recreate it while outdoors, the children discussed Australian artwork and made their own interpretation of it.

It looks like a flower

I like the colours.
I want to use white paint.

Stay and Play

The fire was crackling away today for our first stay and play event of the week. Parents joined their children for an outdoor cookery session round the fire to sample a tried and tested Cart Mill favourite, pancakes.
All the children are aware of the hazards around the fire and they know how they can stay safe but we had to make sure our visitors knew how to be safe around the fire pit. The children impressed everyone with their knowledge of fire safety. Risky play is so important to development, it can result in developing more confidence, safety awareness and better risk assessment skills, this works for mums and dads too! After some measuring and mixing, it was time to sit back in the winter sunshine and enjoy our pancakes.

don’t forget, you don’t stand beside the fire.

I am going to make a pancake for my little sister!

Cart Mill’s Winter Wonderland

When we arrived this morning we were all so excited to see the garden looking like a winter wonderland. The children were playing in the snow but soon they were saying they were feeling cold. We talked about things we could cook to keep us warm. We quickly decided that soup was the answer! Now, the hard part was picking what type of soup to make. The children said they liked tomato soup and vegetable soup. Since we have all been celebrating our Scottish heritage on the run up to Burns Night, we decided to have a nice hearty vegetable and lentil broth. The children peeled and chopped the vegetables while Val lit the fire, then everyone gathered round the fire and eagerly waited for a hot cup of soup.

The garden in its blanket of snow.
We can paint the snow.
keeping warm in the snow.
peeling carrots is harder when your hands are cold
I will peel a potato.

Ice Age

The ice age arrived in the garden today at Cart Mill. In our icy world our budding dinosaur hunters investigated what had been frozen in the glaciers. Not deterred by the cold our intrepid
palaeontologists chipped away at the lumps of ice to reveal some very well preserved dinosaur skeletons!

Jack Frost came to Cart Mill!
There’s something frozen in our glacier
What can it be?
My ice is breaking.
If I hit it too hard I might break what is inside.
I can’t get the tail to come out!
Look what I found!
This might be a T-Rex.