The children were playing with the train set in the garden when one of the boys exclaimed that he had been on a train from Glasgow to London Euston and he was the engine. Other children joined on the train as carriages and travelled round the garden but they wanted to make their train journey more realistic. “We want a tunnel!” We all planned how we could make a tunnel from the new tyres that had just arrived in the garden. Val and Jaweria got to work digging the tyres into the garden to make our lovely new tunnel feature and off went the train again. All aboard!
The children in the toddler room have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. They had sensory fun trying to find number cards hidden in the coloured noodles. The cards had pictures of pigs on them as 2019 is the year of the pig! The children also had sticky fun making their own coloured Chinese dragons. At snack time they sampled some traditional Chinese food and explored this with chopsticks. Everyone joined in and had a taste. The prawn crackers were a definite favourite!! Yummy!!
Today at Cart Mill we have been learning about Chinese culture and traditions as tomorrow is Chinese new year! 2019 is the year of ‘The Pig’ and the children have been making red envelopes or ‘Hongbao’; a Chinese tradition where money is given to children as new year gifts.
This gave the children a great chance to practise their mark making and folding techniques and build their fine motor skills.
“I have to fold it like a triangle. “
“Mine is going to have chocolate coins in it.”
“I want to give mine to my mummy.”
“I’m going to write my name on mine.”
“I want to put pennies in it.”
Happy Chinese New Year!
Our caterpillars are in their cocoon. Exciting!
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Today the children went on a scavenger hunt and eagerly set off to find the items listed on their chart.
Some worked as a team and others worked alone and there was a healthy sense of competition amongst the group.
Once all of the items had been found the children looked closely at each one and commented saying:
“the front of the leaf is soft and the back is rough.”
“one leaf is big and one is small but they are both the same.”
The children noticed that the leaves were a variety of colours and knew that this meant it was nearly winter.