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Pizza Time

This morning the children were given all the ingredients they needed to make their own little pizza for snack.

First we put on the yummy pizza sauce.

R is very careful making sure all her dough is covered
Loads of sauce!!

Next comes the cheese

S sprinkles a little at a time.
We’ll just add lots at the one time!

Helen took our pizzas away to put them in the oven. We have to wait till they were cooked before we could enjoy them. They weren’t too hot.

Ooh mine is yummy! Look mine has loads of cheese!

It’s a thumbs up from L and a clean plate!!

Have fun making your own pizzas at home. You can add any toppings you like.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Our children have had lots of lovely stories to share with us of decorating their Christmas trees at home with their families.  They decided that as we have our very own Cart Mill Christmas tree growing in our garden, we should decorate it!

After much discussion, we decided that we would make our decorations a little different using some of the beautiful pine cones that were kindly dontated to us. Of course at Cart Mill we do love a  little bit of sparkle, so out came the glue and glitter (sorry Michelle!)The children chose their own colour of glitter and ribbon and worked very hard to decorate their pine cones. We then had lots of fun hanging them on our tree. Doesn’t it look beautiful!

A few of our children chatted about the decorations they had outside our houses and some had “special things” on their front door. We had a look at some pictures and decided we would make our very own Cart Mill Christmas wreath.  We had a look around our garden and decided we really needed to collect some “interesting things” to put on our wreath. The children remembered we had seen some leaves and pine cones at our Forest School site so we decided we would go foraging to see what we could find!

The children excitedly changed into their Forest School waterproofs and wellies and we set off, we were so lucky that Val and Blue decided to come with us! Our children had lots of fun foraging and found some beautiful confier foliage, ivy, rosehip and holly.  This sparked lots of interesting discussion on how ivy grows up trees “to touch the sky” and that “holly is very jaggy so you have to be careful” and that “we must  not eat berries we find in the forest” and ” we need to wash our hands when we get back” Great work boys and girls!

We were so excited to start making our wreath. We have been learning about patterns in nature and the children carefully examined all of our leaves and pine cones and spotted lots of different patterns such as “spirals”, “jaggy bits round the edges, they look like triangles” and that our leaves “have lots of different lines on them” you are so clever boys and girls!

We decided to “stick” our different leaves to some cardboard to make our wreath. The children correctly identified we should make our wreath in the shape of a circle. We decided this should be an adult job (with the children giving me some advice on how I should hold my scissors and that I should be careful). We decided to try and stick our leaves with some glue. We were able to glue on our smaller leaves but we needed to do a bit of problem solving as our conifer foliage was  “too heavy and keeps falling off”. We decided we should try to staple on our leaves. We decided this was an adult job and that the children could help by “squashing down Fiona’s hand to make them stick”. The children chose where to place our leaves and of course they decided we must have some extra special sparkle and a great big bow! We had so much fun and our wreath will look fabulous on our outdoor stage.

Finally, yes it has been a very creative week in our garden, we decided to make one last decoration. Paper chains! The children demonstarted excellent team work, sharing and fine motor skills in threading our strips of paper, glueing them together and making sure everyone had a turn. Our children were so clever to identify their own patterns by using different colours in sequence.  We decided to see how long we could make our chain and to see if it would stretch all the way along our garden. Our children proudly held onto their chain and they counted that it was 28 children long! Amazing work boys and girls.

 

We would love you to share any Christmas decorations you have made at home with us.

 

Silky Playdough

In the Toddler Room the children love to make play dough. Today we decided to try a different recipe. The children helped to make some this morning and they had fun exploring its texture and scent. They said it smelt like strawberries.

C used a rolling pin to create different textures
A made a coat and hat for his polar bear

Have fun trying this at home. Here’s what you need to make Silky Playdough:-

1 Cup of Cornflour
1 Cup of Hair Conditioner

Mix the cornflour and the conditioner in a bowl. If its too sticky add more cornflour, too crumbly add more conditioner. The play dough should be soft and ‘squidgy’.

The children added glitter giving their play dough a little bit of sparkle. You can add anything to it. Try buttons or beads to enhance their fine motor skills.

Rangoli patterns – Celebrating Diwali

In the discovery room we are continuing to learn about pattern and Diwali.

We began by creating our own rangoli pattern

The children then worked on their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination colouring in patterns while trying to stay in the line. They choose some lovely bright colours to celebrate the festival of light.

Using loose parts we followed the lines around the pattern and created our own design.

We learned a lot during Diwali and had great fun designing our Rangoli pattern. Did you celebrate Diwali at home this year? If you did we would like to see how you celebrated.

Shake, shake rattle and roll!

The children have been buy in the studio creating their own musical instruments .

The children wanted to create different sounds and used everyday ingredients to make their shakers.

They were developing their hand to eye coordination as they carefully filled the bottles, using spoons and funnels.

The children were experimenting and comparing sizes, describing capacity using  full and empty and describing weight using heavy and light.

We decided to number the bottles and the children were singing “10 green bottles sitting on a wall”

The children enjoyed singing and dancing using the shakers to create sound and music.

Can you hear us play ?

Firework Fun

We have continued our enjoyment with fireworks today in the toddler room where the children helped make playdough in the colour of the night sky.  We added different colours of glitter to represent the sparkles from the fireworks with pipe cleaners and shredded paper to make their own fireworks .

They made edible sparklers using breadsticks, icing sugar and colour sprinkles.  Wow… how yummy!

The children enjoyed sparkly mark making as they drew their own catherine wheels and made their own colourful firework pictures.

So much fun on skis

The children have been exploring their imagination by using the blocks as skis. They also demonstrated great problem-solving skills as they came up with different solutions to allow them to move around the room.

The children started using the single blocks to slide their feet but were finding it difficult to move. Some children were able to push off using the furniture.



 

The children were engaged in their play and started using the bigger blocks as ski poles.

As the children played we watched some ski videos to inspire their thoughts.

Designing and Building

In the discovery room over the last couple of weeks the children have been creative in the construction area where they have been designing and building their own models and then selecting and using different sized blocks to build them.

                            H decided to use the large blocks in the construction area to build her very own ”throne” as she was playing ”Kings and Queens and Princesses”

 

                                A and L used their problem solving skills to build their very own see saw!

                                 

R and I took their time and selected different shaped blocks to create their own castle!

This interest from the children has inspired language and discussions about shape and size and the children have been exploring mathematical language such as ”how big” and ”how small”.

 

 

A Day in the Discovery Room

Through discovery, natural curiosity and imagination we have been exploring different ways to problem solve and construct a obstacle course and models.

“We can use these long bits to balance on”

“If the wood doesn’t fit we need to move the blocks closer”

 

 

“I’ve made a slide for the cars”


“mine has two eyes”

“I’m going to use all these to make a smiley face”

“These nails are the ears like mine”

 

Using our imagination skills in the Home Room.

Today in the home room the children have been exploring the different types of small world play.

We have been working together to build the train set. We were using our creative skills to design our large train track and our fine manipulative skills to fit the track together. We discussed where we could go on our trains.

We were also playing with the small world elves and fairies, using our imagination to create magical stories together with our friends.

It has been a great day using our imagination and creating wonderful learning opportunities in our home room.