Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

Welcome back to the Discovery Room.

Welcome back everyone it’s good to see everyone back again,  We have all been busy exploring the toys in the discovery room and reconnecting with our friends.

We have been investigating the technology toys, working out how to make them move.

We used our creative skills to work side by side with our friends to discuss our feelings and use or writing skills to record how we feel.

We used the interactive board as another way to mark make and record our feelings today.

We were busy using our curiosity to make different objects using different shapes and sized  loose parts in our construction area.

We also took our learning outdoors, to use our muddy movers skills.
It has been so much fun being back and can’t wait to come back again tomorrow.

 

Let’s go fly a kite…

From our garden today we saw a boy flying his kite on the hill.  The children were enthralled by it and were jumping up and down in delight as it whipped through the sky.  They discussed it with each other “it’s up in the sky”, “it’s gone” as they watched.

“Look it’s coming right to our garden”

When the boy went home the children asked to make their own.

They said we would need paper, pens, string and scissors.

“It needs string so it can fly”

 

They were very keen to design their kites and had fun flying them afterwards.

“The winds making it fly”

 

“If I run it can fly”

 

“Up”
“Look at my kite”

Lots of fun and excitement was had!

What does a snow day at Cartmill look 👀 like?

We have had a few snow days at nursery this year, and here is a few pictures of our favourite snow activities from today……..


The children loved being the first ones to run, roll and sledge 🛷 down the hill.

We then came back to the nursery garden were we explored the different colours in the snow. This also helped us develop our fine motor skills as we used pipettes to paint.

It was very cold outside so we warmed up with some snack and hot chocolate….

We were a little too cold to go back out this morning so created our own sledges using blocks in the room.

What do you do on a snow day? Have fun!

 

Filling and pouring fun

Some of the children had great fun developing their fine motor skills pouring and filling warm water (to try to keep our hands warm – it didn’t last long)

We used different sized measuring scoops, jugs, bowls and our very own home made scales.

The girls enjoyed the challenge of predicting whether their chosen item would float or sink

“it sinks because it’s heavy”

“It sinked to the bottom “

Balancing the scale took great concentration, well done girls you managed it 🙌🏻

What’s the weather today?

Today the children have had so much fun playing in the snow falling on their heads. Our children have been using great descriptive words.

“It been raining and snowing.”

“It so cold outside and the ground is going all slushy.”

“Its slidey”

”It’s icy cold I got so wet outside”

When we came back inside to warm up we drew a picture of our favourite weather.

Crazy Cress!

It was a bit of a gloomy day in our garden today but we decided to go outside and have some fun anyway!

While we were playing, the children chatted about things we could do to brighten up our garden. We thought that some plants and flowers might add some lovely colour! As it’s still cold and not very sunny, we decided to plant something that would grow quickly and wouldn’t need a lot of sunshine.

We had a look through our packets of seeds and found some cress! We read the packet and discovered we could plant it any time of the year, it wouldn’t need sunshine to grow and most importantly we could taste some to see if we like it! The children thought the cress would be fun to grow because it “looks like little trees”.

We had a look at our seeds and they were so tiny! We had to be so careful not to drop them. We found some plastic cups so we thought that we would recycle them and use them for our “plant pots”.

We decided to investigate what our cress would need to help it grow. We had a look at some pictures and saw that some people plant their cress in soil and some put it onto cotton wool! The children thought this was very funny. We decided to carry out our own experiment and plant some in soil and some on cotton wool and then watch them to see which one grows the fastest!

We had lots of fun collecting our soil and getting a little bit muddy!


The children made a fantastic job of carefully placing their seeds in the soil and onto the cotton wool. Then we added a little water to help them grow.

The children made some labels for their pots.

We decided it was too cold for our cress outside so we took them inside where it was warm and cozy.


We can’t wait to see which of our cress grows the fastest!

Which one do you think it will be boys and girls, soil or cotton wool?

 

 

Mark making with Ice paints

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The children in the nursery have been busy exploring ways to mark make using a variety of media and techniques.

We decided to make our own ice paints.

We took turns to fill an ice cube tray with water.

Adding a small drop of food colouring or paint.

We found some lollipop sticks and added them to the tray.

Carefully we took the ice cube tray to the freezer and left them overnight to freeze.

The next day the coloured water had changed to ice!

We popped the ice paints out the tray with a little help from the ladies.

All the children enjoyed making marks on our paper using the ice paints.

 

“I have made zig zags in green”

“I’m drawing me”

”it’s an orange circle”

 

The children continued to enjoy developing their mark making skills outdoors……

In a beautiful blank canvas of snow.

 

 

 

Having an ICE time

The children had great fun investigating the properties of ice. We talked about how ice forms when the temperature drops  and it gets really cold.

They loved to watch as they add water to melt some ice.

Moving over to the “kitchen” area they set about frying some dinner then adding different colours of paint starting with blue and adding red which to their delight made purple.


“I’m making dinner”


“it’s purple “

Glitter was also added as no dinner is complete without some  sparkle.

Marvellous Mark Making!

Our children have had lots of fun developing their mark making skills this week!

We decided to use some shaving foam “because it was all fluffy and smelled nice” and the children collected lots of different materials to see what marks and pattens they could make.

We used some of the branches from our Christmas Tree, pine cones, lollipop sticks and our fingers to see the different marks each made.
The children thought the Christmas tree made the best marks.

We decided to add some “sparkles” and colour to our foam to see what would happen.

We had lots of fun swirling and mixing our foam and “it turned pink. It’s my favourite” Some of the children practised writing their names and numbers in the foam. The children thought the Christmas tree looked like “a strawberry ice cream”.

We had lots of fun drawing patterns on the ground and following them until we reached the end “X marks the spot!” Do you like our “colourful rainbow?”

We were so happy to see the snow in our garden. Our  toddlers had so much fun mark making using their feet. Our dinosaurs came out to play too!

It’s been a busy couple of days in our garden and we have had so much fun using so many different materials to practise our marvellous mark making skills!

Why don’t you practise your marvellous mark making at home? We would love you to share them with us.

Take care and have lots of fun. Xx