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 mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We’re going on an egg hunt… we’re going to catch a big one!!
Today the toddlers got a visit from the Easter bunny 🐰 we had lots of fun exploring the garden trying to find all the Easter eggs hidden around. Are they under, over, inside, beside? It got our problem solving heads on, and even had a special map to help us find them all! We had lots of fun!