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Designing our own School!

Today the boys and girls in the home room were talking about what their school building will look like. I asked the children how they could find out what their school will look like.

“We could use the computer”

“What about your Ipad, its right there?”

We used technology to search for pictures of the different schools the children will attend.

The children came across building plans as they searched for their schools, so they decided to draw and design their own plans and schools.

“My school will have 10 windows”

“My school is very tall and has a big garden.

Outdoor art

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”

We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!

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!

Science Fun

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.

They needed:

PVA Glue
Contact Lens Solution
Shaving Foam
Food Colouring

First the poured some glue into a bowl.

Its all gloopy!

They added some shaving foam, then the food colouring. They decided to used blue and yellow.

I like blue.

They gave their concoction a good mix then added the contact lens solution. The mixture became very sticky.

Oh, it’s lovely and soft. It smells so nice.

They enjoyed mixing it with their hands. Encouraging the children to use their hands promote a sensory experience.

Outdoor Fun

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.

Our new obstacle course has been very popular. The children have demonstrated brilliant teamwork and turn taking when constructing their own obstacle courses using loose parts.

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.

The children have demonstrated their excellent numeracy and literacy skills through mark making and making good use of our number square.

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!

 

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.