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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.

The 3 Little Pigs

Last week the children enjoyed reading the story of The 3 Little Pigs and got creative acting it out.

This week they have taken their interest into the discovery room and have been busy retelling the story by creating their own small world props.

Building houses for the little pigs…what materials will we use?
Exploring quantities and shapes as we build
Sharing equpiment and taking turns

The children have been creating different houses for the pigs throughout the discovery room and are exploring different materials as they build

Using magnetic blocks to build

With an interest in magnets paired with their interest in this traditional story, a game was created.  This game helped them to further explore magnetic properties and also subitising as they caught their pigs.

Catching pigs with magnets
Counting dots on our little pigs

It’s safe to say that the 3 Little Pigs is a favourite in Cart Mill at the moment!  I’m excited to see where this interest leads and how the children use their current knowledge to extend their learning.

Welcome to our garden!

Hi everybody,

The children would like to show you what they’ve been getting up to in our busy garden this week.

We have our muddy movers obstacle course which the children had great fun building and playing on, developing their fine and gross motor skills including balancing, jumping and co-ordination.

The children are enjoying using their problem solving skills to complete the jigsaws, developing on their fine motor skills, hand–eye coordination and shape recognition

“I did it all by myself”

The children are having great fun expressing themselves through singing their favourite songs and playing with the musical instruments.

We love our cosy book corner, time for us to chill out and relax reading our favourite stories.