Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

Nature Photoframes

Hi boys and girls. Hope you’re all well and having lots of fun!

I’ve been keeping myself busy by spending lots of time outdoors and going for lots of lovely walks.  I’ve been busy in my garden and I have been growing lots of pretty flowers in all different colours.
I decided I would take some photographs of my flowers to cheer me up on rainy days! I made my own Nature photo frame to make my photos extra special. I thought I would show you how to make one of your own too. They’re easy to make and I had so much fun making mine.

To make your photo frame you will need:

Scissors (please ask an adult to help you)

Cardboard – you could use a cereal box

Coloured pens

You can draw any shape you like onto your cardboard.  I decided to draw a love heart.

Next I used scissors to cut out my love heart.  This was very tricky so please ask an adult to help you.

Now for the fun part! I used lots of different coloured pens to decorate my frame. I decided to draw lots of flowers using all my favourite colours. You can draw whatever you want to make yours look extra special!

And now finally for the best part of all. Time to take some photographs! I took some photos of the pretty flowers in my garden to show you. I love watching the clouds floating in the sky, so I thought I would take a photo of that too. I had to get my son to help me as my arms were too short to take the photo!

I had lots of fun making my frame and taking some photographs to show you. I’m going to send them to my family so that they can see them too. I’m going to take my frame out on my next walk to see if I can take photos of some of the animals I see in the fields near my house.

Have lots of fun making your frame and maybe you could ask an adult at home to take some photos for you!

Missing you all boys and girls and hope to see you soon. Take care. Love Fiona xx

Bubble Snakes 🐍 🐍

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and keeping busy.

Today, I wanted to share with you how to make bubble snakes.

What you will need is

  • 🐍 a plastic bottle
  • 🐍 a sock
  • 🐍 scissors
  • 🐍 washing up liquid
  • 🐍 a cup of water
  • 🐍 food colouring (optional)
  • 🐍 measuring spoon
  • 🐍 bowl

First get an adult to cut the bottom of the bottle off.

Then put a sock over the bottom.

Measure one cup of water into your bowl. Next measure 2 tablespoons of washing up liquid, pour into the water and mix.

Dip the sock end into the water/washing up liquid mixture.

Blow through the neck of the bottle to make your snake.

Even the big kids had fun blowing bubbles. I hope you have as much fun as we did.

We did try adding food colouring to our sock to make the bubbles colourful but I’m afraid it didn’t work for us. Maybe you could experiment and see if you can make a colourful snake.

Let see how long you can make your bubble snake. 🐍

Love Fiona 😁

 

 

 

Greenbank Gardens

Hi everyone, Eilidh here 😀

I am very fortunate to live across from Greenbank Gardens and, although the gardens themselves are closed, we have been taking many of our daily walks in the forest area around them. There are benches, chairs and stepping stones made from trees that have had to be cut down for safety reasons and also little teepee style dens made from sticks. The boys absolutely love going exploring and we use it as a learning opportunity to discuss what we can see and hear.

Crawling in to the den
Chasing squirrels up trees
Playing hide and seek with Dad
The boys love finding sticks to take home
Having a rest on the bench
Too tired to walk home after all their running around! So glad we held onto their slings!!

Hope you are all having as much fun exploring your local area!

Take care, stay home and stay safe x

Fiona and the Beanstalk

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine!
I have loved reading our blogs this week and seeing what my friends from Cart Mill have been doing, what a lovely surprise to see Camembear too! I thought I would finish this week by showing you what has been happening to the seeds I planted a few weeks ago.
Althought it’s been lovely and sunny outside, it’s still a little cold and windy, so my seeds have been keeping cozy and warm on the windowsills around my house. Seeds need lots of looking after when they are beginning to grow, so I’ve been making sure to check on them everyday. Just like us, seeds also need water to keep them healthy, so I’ve been giving them a little everyday.


As you can see, lots of my seeds have started to grow! Their shoots are reaching out of the soil and it looks like they’re trying to touch the sunshine! Some of the seeds are growing so big that they need a little more space, just like we do when we’re growing big and strong. I very carefully took the strongest plants and moved them to a bigger pot which will help them spread their roots and grow bigger and stronger. I made sure to tuck them in safely with a little more soil and gave them a drink of water as they must be thirsty with all that growing!

Can you see the long bits at the bottom of the plant that looks like string? These are called the roots. The plant uses it’s roots to pick up all the water and food it needs from the soil to help it grow. We have to be very careful not to break the roots or our plants wouldn’t be able to have anything to eat or drink and wouldn’t grow.

My lovely flowers are starting to grow too! I can’t wait to see what colours they are!

I’ve saved my favourite for last, my beanstalks! Just look how big and strong they have grown! If you look carefully, you can see the big strong roots growing down the side which means the beanstalks have had lots of food and drink which have helped make them so tall and strong.

I wonder if my beanstalk will grow any magic beans just like Jack had? I hope there isn’t a giant at the top! I haven’t found a hen yet, thankfully, but I have been eating lots of golden chocolate eggs!
Spring is my favourite time of year and although this year is full of uncertainty, it’s lovely to see new life and colour growing all around us and it’s definitely bringing my family a little hope and happiness.

Missing you all and hoping our Cart Mill family can help Val and I plant our vegetables and flowers and bring some happiness back to our Cart Mill garden soon. Take care and stay safe.

Love Fiona xx

How Will Our Garden Grow?

Exciting times in the Cart Mill garden this week with the arrival of our new greenhouse. Michelle, Fiona and Val have been working to build this beautiful new addition to our outdoor space. Having somewhere to start our seedlings grow will provide so many wonderful experiences for the children at Cart Mill. Not only will it help explain the wonders of nature and life cycles, it will encourage children to care for and nurture their very own plants.
We have been eagerly waiting for our greenhouse for a few weeks and now the hard work begins. The shelves are up, the seed trays are ready. So, what will we plant first?

Has Spring Sprung?

It was positively springlike in the forest today. There were birds twittering in the trees and horses galloping in the field while the children explored in the sun. We found new trees to climb, developing our gross motor skills as well as developing resilience – “can we be brave and go higher?”
Snack was spent sitting in the sun, socialising with our friends and talking about what else we would like to do at the forest. We have been really lucky with the weather so far, long may it continue.

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