Category Archives: Science

Power of Attraction

Today some of the children spent their time investigating magnets. They had fun exploring which items were magnetic. They discussed the items with each other and tried to guess which ones would “stick” before testing their theory out.

After a while, they noticed that when two magnets were put together they either “stick together” or were “pushing away”. We discussed poles and how magnets attract or repel each other. They tried different shapes of magnets to see if the same thing happened.

Mr Bones

  

Our skeleton Mr Bones had an unfortunate accident this week when his head fell off!

The children used the Bones book and some special tools to try to make him a new head but decided it was too tricky and Mr Bones’s head has been sent off to the bone hospital for repairs!

The boys decided to do some essential maintenance on Mr Bones to check no more bones were loose. Fortunately everything seemed to be fine!

Mr Bones’s head is off to the hospital and we will keep you updated on his progress. Poor Mr Bones!

Fun in the sun exploring our new garden!

The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill  whilst playing with water.

We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!

They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom.  One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.

We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!

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!