Category Archives: Science

LET’S GET MESSY!!!

Children have a natural desire to explore and experiment.  “Gloop” is an interesting mixture with a unique texture and is a fabulous sensory and science experience for children to help them learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid are. It also offer children the opportunity for exploring mark making and pattern as they explore new materials other than pen and paper and use their fingers to create marks, lines, and shapes.

Later they added different paint colours into the gloop.  The children wanted to see how one colour change to another colour when it was mixed together and predicted what colour they may see before it happened.

“It feels so sticky.”

“I can draw a big 0 with my finger”.

“It’s snowy and slimy!”

“I am making rainbow.”

 

Whose Nest?

Some of the children  went to visit newborn lambs and chicks during their holidays and they are keen to learn more about ‘new life’ in the world around them at this time of year.

This week we explored the wonderful story of Whose Nest ? The children had great fun guessing which animal the nests belonged to and learned how each animal creates their nest in a different way to keep their babies safe.

We brought in some nests for the children to investigate

The children discussed who these nests could belong to? They had the idea they could use the story to help them and used the clues and pictures to help them decide. They decided they would show their answers through drawing. You can see some of their fantastic creations below.

Planting sunflower seeds!

Today the children in the toddler room were busy in the garden planting sunflower seeds. We were discussing  what might happen to  the seeds when they are watered and the heat from the sunshine beats down on them. The children loved the feeling of the soil in their hands.

“It feels all cold and messy!”

The children then designed their own plant pots with colourful sparkles!

Young Scientists

Over the past two days we have been running some experiments at Cart Mill. Our favourite one involved a raw egg. We took a raw egg in its hard shell and very carefully put it in a plastic jug then added a cup of vinegar. We watched the vinegar start to bubble and fizz before putting the jug on a shelf where we left it for a full day.
The next day we poured the vinegar out of the jug to leave just the egg. We then let the egg roll out of the jug and what a surprise we got, there was no egg shell! The egg felt soft and gooey and it bounced, how exciting! We were able to change the shape of the egg and bounce it on a table until someone squeezed it just a little bit too hard. Oops

It’s an egg!
It feels hard and smooth.
What does this smell like?
I can see some bubbles.
Catch the egg!
Where has the shell gone?
We can squash it…
We can bounce it…
We can squeeze it…
but not too hard!

Spring is in the air!!

Today the toddlers had great fun painting the flowers they made from salt dough yesterday.

The flowers were cooked and now look amazing thanks to the children adding some colour, glitter and personalising their own flower.

This created a good discussion about Spring and flowers starting to grow. We also discussed the different parts of a flower.

Grow, Cook, Eat

Today was a very exciting day in Cart Mill. We took our first delivery of plants and seeds for the garden. This afternoon we were all kept very busy, and muddy, planting our herbs. The children enjoyed touching them, feeling the different leaves and smelling all the different smells that come from herbs. The children talked about the herbs they already know and have seen being used in cooking. Today is the start of our growing programme in the garden. Over the next few weeks we will be planting our seeds and plants so that we can harvest different vegetables later in the year for cooking with and eating!

Cart Mill Herb Garden
I need to fill all the spaces.
The leaves are soft.
I can pick up lots of mud!
This tickles!
I am planting this.
It’s hard to lift the mud up.

Pond Dipping at Rouken Glen Park

This week we went Pond Dipping at Rouken Glen Park.

We met Katie the Forest Ranger who showed us some of the water wildlife that we might find in the pond.

We used a big net to scoop the pond.

We emptied the nets into some tubs so that we could investigate what we had scooped out of the pond. Mostly it was small insects and there was something which looked like a worm.

We walked up to the waterfall where we looked at the direction that the water was flowing.

Before heading back to the bus, we had a play in the park.