Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

Pouring and Puddles

This week in the  Studio we have been exploring filling, pouring and emptying.

The children helped to fill up the water tray, discussing how many tubs of water we need to fill up the tray. We also discussed the difference between hot and cold water.
The children then selected what resources they would need to use to be able to fill, pour and empty the water.
we selected large measuring jugs, small jugs, cups, and watering cans.

We experimented and problem solved with different types of containers but decided they were too small or not suitable for the type of play they wanted.
The children had great fun doing this and were engaged in their play for a long time.

The children continued this play into the garden, but this time they used the puddles and mud kitchen resources to explore their pouring, filing and emptying in a bigger scale.

We put on our puddle suits and got stuck in. It was great fun had by all.

Who knew playing with water could be such fun.

Block Play Fun!

Our children had lots of fun today in our garden using their wonderful imaginations to create an amazing house using our wooden blocks.

“It’s a beautiful house”

They worked together as a team to discuss where to place their blocks to make their house.

“This one is a bit heavy.” “We all worked together.”

The children discussed that “There’s lots of toys in a real house” so off they went to find some toys to put in their house.

Block play is a wonderful way of allowing children the freedom to explore, be creative and use their imaginations. Our children demonstrated great problem solving skills and teamwork when creating their house. They compared the sizes of the blocks and discussed how heavy they were to lift and how to balance them on top of each other. There was also lots of discussion of walking on the “uppers and downers” carefully so that they didn’t fall off! “Like we be careful on our stairs at home”.

 

Creativity outdoors

The children enjoyed exploring creative messy arts this week outdoors. We used shaving foam and powder paint, creating lots of different patterns using the rakes. This experience helps develop the children’s large muscle control and hand eye co-ordination. Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. The children pointed out all the different patterns they had great fun making.

I’ve made waves in the ocean”

I made lots of squiggly lines”

We used large rolls of craft paper and cello taped it to the walls and used tubs of paint, allowing the children to dip their large paint brushes into the paint and have great fun being creative. The children were using their gross motor skills, strengthening their arm muscles and learning how to use everyday tools.

We then looked at all the colours of paint mixed together at the end and if they could see any patterns.

“Look at all the colours mixed together”
“Looks like a peacocks tail”

Outdoor fun!

Today the children in the discovery room were enjoying the fresh air in the garden. They had great fun at the woodwork bench using the tools. With the protective gloves on the children loved hammering and they were developing their fine motor skills using the screwdrivers. Great fun was had at the new music wall. The children quickly noticed that hitting the pots with a wooden spoon made a different sound from hitting them with a metal spoon! As always the motto was ‘the louder the better’! We definitely have future musicians at Cart Mill!!

 

 

Patterns in Nature

Our children enjoyed exploring our garden today and noticed that we had lots of spiders webs under our roof area.

We discussed how clever the spiders were in making their own webs and looked at the different shapes and sizes of each web. We pointed out all the lovely patterns the spiders had made.

We had a look through our books to see if we could find any other nature patterns. The children chose to look at our “Swirls in Nature” book because it had spiders webs in it and lots of other lovely swirly patterns.

We drew some swirls on paper and the children had lots of fun using natural resources such as stones, pine cones and conkers to make a swirl pattern.

We would love to see any patterns in nature you might have found!

Autumn Walk

As it was such a lovely Autumn day the toddler room decided to go a little walk around the nursery and explore the natural environment.

I wonder what different colours you can see?

The toddlers are off on a leaf hunt


We were collecting lots of different colours of leaves in our buckets


Throwing leaves is great fun too!

Using the leaves to design wonderful autumn creations

Big Soup Share

As part of The RHS Big Soup Share, our children decided that we should make some soup and cook it over the fire in our garden. The children decided to make vegetable soup. We had a discussion about our favourite vegetables with potatoes and carrots being firm favourites! We decided to also add some onions, which one of the children thought looked like an apple!  First we had to grate our vegetables so that they would cook quicker. With current restrictions in place, an adult grated the vegetables while the children had fun observing.

The children thought the grated carrot looked like cheese and that the grated potatoes looked like hair!

The children helped to recycle our vegetable peelings by putting them in our food waste bins. We will then place them in our compost bin to use in our own vegetable garden.

The children enjoyed sitting chatting around our fire pit and watching the steam “dancing in the sky” as the soup became hot.

While we were waiting for our soup to cook, the children decided to make their own “chocolate and pine cone” soup in our mud kitchen! They had lots of fun collecting ingredients from around the garden and filling and pouring jugs of mud and water into our pots, chatting and taking turns to stir the soup. It looked very yummy!

Our  soup was very yummy and we enjoyed eating it together at snack time.

We would love to hear what your favourite kind of soup is so please share any recipes with us!

#rhsbigsoupshare

NUMBERS EVERYWHERE- LETS COUNT

To celebrate Maths Week Scotland outdoors we decided to make an autumn number tuff tray. The boys and girls were counting the dots on the wooden discs and matching them up with the number hedgehogs using their problem solving and numeracy skills. The children then counted as a group out loud the number leafs in the correct order 1-20.


“This one has 4 dots so it matches number 4”

The boys and girls started pointing out all the different sizes of leafs there were, so we started comparing the sizes, the children put in order biggest/medium/smallest.

“This leaf is the smallest”