We read a story about pond life the children each chose something that they thought would be in a pond eg grass, sticks, pebbles, dirt fish,frogs and butterfly’s. The children then had fun making up their own pond and adding the insects and objects found around the garden. The children were deeply engaged in discovering where frogs could live and what they could hop to in the pond. They learned that frogs start off as tadpoles and fish live underwater. We also learnt about floating and sinking as small sticks float and pebbles sink, grass floats.
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 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”
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.
Brilliant work boys and girls!
The boys and girls were deeply engaged in some water play today. We explored the different ways we could use the water. We had cold water then some warm water. We added bubbles and colour to the water and watched the changes it made.The toddlers experimented using funnels, pots, sieves and syringes to watch how the water ran through them . They were developing great pouring and emptying skills. We then added some sea creatures the children communicated with each other discussing the size and colours of sharks and whales. “I found baby shark “
Today in the Science Area, the children were asking about experiments and thinking about what would happen if they mix different substances. They talked about what kinds of things they could create.
They decided that they would like to make some slime. They researched that they would need to make this.
Contact Lens Solution
First the poured some glue into a bowl.
They added some shaving foam, then the food colouring. They decided to used blue and yellow.
They gave their concoction a good mix then added the contact lens solution. The mixture became very sticky.
They enjoyed mixing it with their hands. Encouraging the children to use their hands promote a sensory experience.
Today in the toddlers we were exploring the garden investigating items that rolled down the plank.
Some items rolled a little
Some items rolled a lot
It’s good to take turns and work together and work together to problem solve. The children in the toddler room love to explore their curiosity and explore new experiences.
It takes a lot of practice but the toddlers were engaged in their experience 😁
It has been so lovely to welcome our children back to our Cart Mill garden and to hear it filled will laughter again. We’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a wee look at what we’ve been up to!
Our budding gardeners have been busy digging our planters, filling pots, watering them, and of course making some mud pies! We hope to begin our vegetable and flower planting soon and plan to make good use of our amazing greenhouse.
Physical activity is so important to improve our health and well-being. Our children are very active and have demonstrated excellent gross motor skills through throwing, catching, balancing, stretching, pushing and pulling.
We are always amazed by the wonderful imaginative thinking and creativity of our children. From using block play to construct a castle to “keep the dinosaurs out” to building a castle using mud to “stick the bricks together like a proper castle”, we certainly have some budding architects, builders and artists at Cart Mill! Of course we can’t have a castle without some Princesses, so the children decided to make their own! After tidy up time the children decided to make their own Fairy Tree!
Through exploring their curiosity, the children decided to collect some sticks from the “big tree we see from our garden”. It was wonderful to see their creations from, campfires, making their own trees to having a sword fight!
We’ve had a bit of mixed weather over the last couple of weeks but we’ve used it to our advantage! From collecting rainfall, exploring measuring and pouring by making “cupcakes” in our mud kitchen to just having fun splashing in some puddles!
It’s always a day filled with fun and laughter in our Cart Mill garden!
Welcome to the Science Area here in the Discovery Room
The children are very curious and love to explore this area.
They have been learning about how magnets work and what items within the playroom are magnetic. Working together they are able to use a measuring tape to find out how big the science area is and they explored how tall their friends are.
The children took a great interest in learning about seeds and how they grow. They created their own little indoor garden to grow some. They discussed what a seed needed to grow and how they would look after it. Every day they see their little seeds grow and develop. Once their plants have grown enough they will plant them in the garden for all the children to see and look at.
Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with coloured water whilst developing their fine motor skills. They started with clear water and added red food colouring using little pipettes. The children were fascinated with how the red rippled through the water changing its colour. Great fun was had scooshing the water. The children then wanted to add the sea animals to the water and enjoyed playing with them. They then added some jugs and cups and practiced their pouring skills. It was a very busy day back at Cartmill!
The children used equipment from the mud kitchen to collect lots of snow.
Then we patted it into the shape of a volcano.
I put a little tub in the top of the volcano and we added baking soda, food colouring and washing up liquid. Then we added the magic ingredient- vinegar!
We had great fun talking about why it was bubbling over and predicting what would happen each time we added more vinegar.