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🍊Fruity water play 🍋

Last week the children showed a keen interest in making their smoothies so today  we explored fruit slices in the water.

The children helped to slice up the fruit learning how to use the knife safely.  Once we started cutting into the fruit the children noticed how the fruit smelled.

“The orange smells fruity and sweet can we eat it”

“The lemon smells fresh”

“This lime smells sour”

We squeezed some of the fruit into the bowl.

The children had great fun squeezing, pouring, filling and creating  their own fruit juice and also exploring volume and capacity at the same time.

“I am going to make orange juice for everyone”

“I’ve made some orange juice”

“Mine smells yummy”

“CHEERS!!”

 

Let’s Explore Colour Mixing

Today in the nursery garden the children have been exploring colour mixing. We used yellow, blue, red and white paint to mix experiment and see what other colours we could make.

“ I put the blue and the yellow together and made green!”

“ I put lots of blue and a little red, I think it looks purple”

Exploring what happened when we added white paint.  “ It’s gone pink” when mixing the red and white.

“I tried blue and yellow and it’s green”

“The orange is yellow and red, i needed lots of yellow”


The children were using their fine motors skills to use the pipettes and collect the paint to add to individual tubs.  They also used the colour wheel to and learn and explore colour.

 

 

Mark Making fun in the sun

The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.

Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.

They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.

Mopping the ground! Look at the patterns!

Some of the children preferred to use their hands.

E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.

E wrote the letter ‘M’

“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”

“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”

Butterflies

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.


Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.

Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.

When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.

When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.

The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.

The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.

Violet
Ruby
Sonny
Blaze

Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.

The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.

A special Delivery

A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.

What could be inside?

The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!

WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?

Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?

1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.

They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.

Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.

So tiny

The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.

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!

 

A little bit of Kindness

Our children have been waiting patiently to see if the “egg” in our Curiosity Cube would hatch!

We had a lovely surprise this week when we noticed our egg had hatched and left us our Kindness Elves! The Kindness Elves are our magical friends who love to sprinkle a little kindness and happiness wherever they go. Our Elves have their own wee house and they left us a lovely little letter asking if they could stay with us at Cart Mill and make friends will all the children. We are so lucky!

Each day our Elves leave us a little note in their postbox asking us to carry out an act of kindness.  So far they have asked us to smile at everyone we meet, say please and thank you all day, and to share toys with our friends. Our children have loved looking in the little postbox and have been so good at carrying out their acts of kindness.

The children decided they would like to write some notes back to our Elves.  We had lots of fun making our Kindness Post Box and the children decorated it with lots of hearts and wrote their own signs. The children had lots of fun posting the letters in their Kindness Post Box!

We are going to have so much fun with our Kindness Elves and we would love you to share any acts of Kindness from our children.

“No little kindness is too small and each act will add up to make a BIG difference.”

Volcano Fun

The children were busy this week in the garden being scientists. They decided that they wanted to make a volcano! So we got our thinking caps on and thought of all the ingredients we would need. The children worked as a team and used their problem solving skills throughout the experiment. First we poured in the baking soda then food colouring and last but not least the vinegar, which was the children’s favourite part as it was eruption time!

Science experiments for children have huge benefits.  It ignites their natural curiosity, develops problem solving skills and introduces new language through discussion.

Forest School!

Today was our final week at Forest School so we had some special treats.. Pieces and Sausage, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows!!

The children have enjoyed visiting the forest over the last 4 weeks and have always been greeted by some friendly visitors..

The children have said that their favourite part of going to the forest has been creating mud monsters.. look at these scary faces!

E, R and S even found some sticks on the ground that they could recognise as letters and numbers.

S – ”Look! it’s like a number 4”

E – ”I have this letter in my name, its a letter Y”

R – ”R is in my name, it’s at the start of it, I can write it too”