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!
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
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!
Today the children enjoyed making some chocolate brownies. The children were exploring the numbers on the scales through discussions with their peers and started to predict how much butter they would need to use to get the correct consistency to bake our brownies.
The children in the toddler room were having great fun in the garden today. They were enjoying the sunshine whilst investigating the dinosaurs in the red sand. Indoors had a slightly chilly theme. The children enjoyed some sensory play trying to free the fish from the ice block! They discussed why the ice was slowly melting.
Today in our outdoor area children were excited to place the tubes into the bars and pour water into them. They watched the water spouting in all different directions. They had great fun filling the tubes and trying to collect the water as it gushed out. They used a variety of containers to fill, pour and collect water. Children practiced filling, transferring and pouring using different sized containers too.
Today we decided that we were going to complete an experiment in the snow. This was conducted at the grass area behind Cart Mill where we wanted to find out who could go further in the snow! It was a very serious experiment which involved a group of children, and also a couple of CDOs, taking turns to slide down the snowy slope and see how far they got. We also decided to investigate if we travelled further on our puddle suits or on some black bin bags. The results of the experiment clearly showed the bin bags made us all go faster and the bigger ‘children’ went further!