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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!