Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

The toddlers were talking about what lives in water, We made our own pond.

We read a story about pond life the children each chose something that they thought would be in a pond eg grass, sticks, pebbles, dirt fish,frogs and butterfly’s. The children then had fun making up their own pond and adding the insects and objects found around the garden. The children were deeply engaged in discovering where frogs could live and what they could hop to in the pond. They learned that frogs start off as tadpoles and fish live underwater. We also learnt about floating and sinking as small sticks float and pebbles sink, grass floats.

Toddlers – Water in the Sun and Rain

The toddlers have been learning about all the different ways to use water. As the weather was so warm and sunny the pool came out. This was very exciting. We filled the pool and then put some bubbles in. The  children mastered some new skills getting changed into their swimming costumes. We then took turns to step into the pool. We had pouring and filling toys and a lot of splashing.

We have displayed the photos of the pool day in our centre and in our floorbook so that parents and carers can see them privately.

When the rain came we discovered we could turn the puddles into different colours. We explored what happens when you add chalk to a puddle or add water to it. The children thought we can make all the puddles different colours and chose what colour of chalk they
would like. It looks like a 🌈 rainbow.

 

A special Delivery

A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.

What could be inside?

The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!

WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?

Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?

1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.

They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.

Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.

So tiny

The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.

Investigating Minibeasts!

Our children have shown an interest in minibeasts over the last week.

We read our book all about minibeasts and the children were able to identify the ones they recognised such as grasshopper and dragonfly.

We were able to use the information we had read in our minibeasts book and compare it to our minibeast chart. We asked questions such as “What colour is it? How many legs does it have? Does it have wings?” to collect information and match each minibeast to the correct picture on our chart.

We used our magnifying glass to have a closer look at the features of our minibeasts. We counted how many legs each minibeast had and recorded our information on a chart we made.

We then sorted our minibeasts into a group that had 6 legs and a group that had wings. Brilliant investigating children!

We were so lucky to spot  a beautiful butterfly at Forest school!

Parachute Play

Enjoying outdoors in the sunshine this morning, the children wanted to bring out the parachute.

We were using the parachute to sing rhymes and nursery songs.
We used the puppets to help us and enjoyed shaking and moving the parachute to make the puppets move.

 

This helps to promote communication and language skills and helps to develop a sense of rhythm.

We lift the parachute following the directions in the song, up and down , side to side, round and round, fast and slow, working the upper body, arms and shoulders.

The parachute encourages cooperation, turn taking and sharing as we continue to use the parachute to play games.

The children had so much fun playing with the parachute in the garden.

Bowling Cart Mill style

The children showed in interest in rolling the blocks this morning.

We decided to set up some pins to see if we could knock them down.

“it quite tricky” “it’s rolling the wrong way”

We continued our game outside and use the balls this time.

“Strike well done!”


“Strike well done!”

“Strike well done!”

We each counted out how many pins we knocked down and created a chart to record our score using tally marks.

Outdoor art

Our boys and girls had lots of fun in our garden today further developing their gross motor skills. They collected lots of different materials and chose their favourite colour of paints to create their artwork.

The children chose lots of different sized brushes so that we could see the different marks they would make on our screen. We made lots of big sweeping movements with our large brushes and tiny little movements with our small brushes.

The children chose to paint some shells and pine cones which they then pressed and rolled onto the screen to see the beautiful patterns they made.

We mixed lots of our colours together and made “rainbow patterns”. The children discovered that when they mixed the blue, orange and green paint together it turned brown!

“It looks like waves on the sea”

”It’s a rainbow snake”

We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!

Of course the best fun of all was painting our hands and making lots of handprint patterns. We made lots of squiggles,  lines and wrote our names with our fingers.

Brilliant work boys and girls!

Bonjour mes amis

Today in the lovely sunshine, in our garden we had a very special visitor.

Inside the sac magique was our very own Camembear. He popped by to teach us some french words.

First of all we all sang our french song, to welcome Camembear.  Some of our boys and girls could remember to say “Bonjour” to welcome him.

Camembear asked us how we were feeling were we  “ca va bien” ou “ca va mal” we all took turns of repeating our French words and telling Camembear how we were. It was lots of fun seeing Camembear

But it was time to say “Au revoir” until next time he pops by.

I wonder what French words we will learn next.

Active April

It is active April this month and the boys and girls have had lots of fun today in our garden taking part in a variety of active experiences.

We have been having lots of fun on the obstacle course that the boys and girls built.


“I am good at balancing”

Then we had a game of hopscotch

We played a throwing and catching game

“I threw the ball so high”

”I caught it”

Then we had lots of fun hopping, jumping, skipping and running in the garden, super good listening skills and brilliant at following instructions.

Easter fun in the sun!

We have had lots of Easter fun this week at Cart Mill!

What beautiful Easter bonnets you have made at home boys and girls. Thank you so much for bringing them in to show us!

Some of the boys and girls decided to design and make their own Easter crowns, aren’t they fabulous!

Our children are so creative and had lots of fun writing  their Easter egg hunt clues and designing maps to help their friends find the eggs! We had lots of fun searching all over the garden. We were so excited to find our eggs!

We have noticed lots of lovely daffodils on the way to Cart Mill. We decided to plant our own! We popped them in our greenhouse to keep them warm.

We were so lucky the sun came out this afternoon so we decided to finish off our Easter fun with a Bookbug session with Jo.

Have a love Easter holidays boys and girls.