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Cart Mill Puppet Show!

Recently in the home room, the children have shown a big interest in puppets and have been using them to role play.  They have used a variety of puppets such as ones from their favourite stories and some animal puppets to create stories of their own!

The children decided that they would like to create their own puppets and make stories with them.

After creating their own puppets they then decided they wanted to make their own puppet theatre and show so that they could use the puppets. They found resources around the room to make one of their own.

Once the puppet show was complete it was show time!

Let’s Get Busy With Paint!

Using paints that the children selected, they explored their self expression and created their own masterpieces! The children mixed colours to make new ones, discussed their works of art with their peers and explored what tools they could use. Using our hands to paint was a favourite!

Take a look at these fabulous paintings in our garden gallery!

 

Some comments from the children. 

“I’m making a rainbow with all the colours”

“I’m painting a picture of me”

”It’s a picture for my mummy. Her favourite colour is  blue”

“It’s a picture of the sky. Look at the clouds that are so big”

Toddlers – Water in the Sun and Rain

The toddlers have been learning about all the different ways to use water. As the weather was so warm and sunny the pool came out. This was very exciting. We filled the pool and then put some bubbles in. The  children mastered some new skills getting changed into their swimming costumes. We then took turns to step into the pool. We had pouring and filling toys and a lot of splashing.

We have displayed the photos of the pool day in our centre and in our floorbook so that parents and carers can see them privately.

When the rain came we discovered we could turn the puddles into different colours. We explored what happens when you add chalk to a puddle or add water to it. The children thought we can make all the puddles different colours and chose what colour of chalk they
would like. It looks like a 🌈 rainbow.

 

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!

 

Sensory Fun 🙂

In the nursery today the children explored and developed their fine motor skills and science through colour mixing.


We were mixing colours and mark making using our fingers. ‘ It feels squishy’  ‘ I made brown by mixing red and yellow’

Making clouds of soap for bath time.

We talked about changing matter and used lots of descriptive language.


‘I like how it feels’  ‘It feels soft’ ‘It’s a bit slimy’

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 ?

We can make our own stories…

Recently the children have been enjoying using wooden small world figures to create roleplay scenarios.  This helps to fuel their creativity and extend their social skills

Witches, forests and potions

Roleplay is fabulous for promoting literacy skills and helps to develop language and expand thought patterns.

Over time the children have wanted to use the small world figures to tell their own stories.  They have been developing their confidence through acting and performing their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

This story had Mummy, Daddy, the child and a pet frog

Roleplay and storytelling help children to explore and experiment through different scenarios, it can break down the walls of reality allowing them to explore something or someone different from themselves and it can also help them to make sense of or celebrate situations that happen in real life.

Princesses are a favourite character for the stories we are hearing just now

In the past, some of the children of Cartmill have taken part in Helicopter Stories (in a group setting a child makes up their own story, a teacher scribes it and reads it back to the group and then the child and their peers act it out).

This led to one of the children asking me to write down their story that they had made up with the small world figures – they wanted to share it with their family.

This first story spurred other children on and they have been asking to have their own stories recorded to take home aswell.

We have all enjoyed sharing stories with each other and hope any parents who have had some home have enjoyed them as well.

I can’t wait to see where our children’s imagination takes us next…

Autumn Walk

As it was such a lovely Autumn day the toddler room decided to go a little walk around the nursery and explore the natural environment.

I wonder what different colours you can see?

The toddlers are off on a leaf hunt


We were collecting lots of different colours of leaves in our buckets


Throwing leaves is great fun too!

Using the leaves to design wonderful autumn creations

Autumn Fun in the Toddler Room

We have been having lots of fun exploring different Autumn experiences in our toddler room this week. Through curiosity the children have been exploring sensory playdough, printing pictures with apples and exploring touch and texture with porridge oats.

The children chose various autumn colours to create prints using apples.

The children explored different natural materials with sensory playdough.

A is developing his fine motor skills here by exploring the sensory oats to find numbers and then chose to thread them onto a paintbrush. Fab problem solving!