Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

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”

Welcome to our Toddler Room

Welcome  to our toddler room!

Where we focus on; Wellbeing, Communication, Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity and also Movement and co-ordination all within a safe and nurturing environment.


This is part of our outdoor area today the children are practising gross motor skills on the bikes and also exploring bugs with the magnifying glass.
In the next picture the children are being creative using seasonal summer flowers exploring colour and texture and using their skills to paint. We encourage the children to develop independence and responsibility.

The children enjoy developing their gross motor skills on our fab indoor climbing frame.

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