Today at Cart Mill we have been learning about Chinese culture and traditions as tomorrow is Chinese new year! 2019 is the year of ‘The Pig’ and the children have been making red envelopes or ‘Hongbao’; a Chinese tradition where money is given to children as new year gifts.
This gave the children a great chance to practise their mark making and folding techniques and build their fine motor skills.
“I have to fold it like a triangle. “
“Mine is going to have chocolate coins in it.”
“I want to give mine to my mummy.”
“I’m going to write my name on mine.”
“I want to put pennies in it.”
Happy Chinese New Year!
As part of our Scottish activities, the children have been reading The Teegar that Cam for his Tea – the Scots version of The Tiger that Came to Tea. The children decided they wanted to make a shopping list of the teegar’s favourite foods as they have been learning all about Scottish food. We had lots of fun discussing the story and practicing our mark making.
“The tiger likes yellow bananas!”
“I’m drawing the tiger buying chocolate cake!”
“He needs healthy food like apples!”
“The tiger eats scones and milk.”
“Tattie scones and fruit!”
We had great fun in the numeracy area with lots of Christmas themed counting experiences to explore!
We looked at the numbers on the baubles and decorated the tree sequencing the numbers in the right order. We started with 0 and ordered them up to 12.
We explored using loose parts to decorate the trees and counted how many decorations we had used.
Lastly we were developing our fine motor skills by making snowmen.We had to use the tweezers to pick up the cotton balls. and put them into the bottles.
When it was full, the bottle turned white to make it look like snow!
The children explored glue today. Damon, Kaile and Lewis painted long pieces of coloured wool very carefully with lots of glue. They then dripped the glue onto the paper and placed the long pieces of string in lovely wiggly patterns. The pictures are beautiful. Damon was especially happy with his.
Today the boys and girls helped Michelle to plant some lovely herbs into our garden.
The planters were filled with soil and then the children showed their green fingered skills.
The children planted; Lavender, Parsley, Lemonbams and a Curry Plant.
Today the children decided to blow some bubbles and watch them blow in the wind.
It was quite tricky as the wind was strong; but they managed to blow some with patience.
Marika laughed as the wind blew the bubbles down to the ground, then back up to the sky.
Firstly they met Mr Rabbie the Rabbit when he hopped into our garden. The children made him a little home to stay warm. They gave Rabbie lots of hugs and squishes.
The children also developed their fine motor skills as they chopped some vegetables for Rabbie to eat…yummy!
Today the children continued with the threee bears focus.
They spent some time weighing and measuring the ingredients that they would need to make the cookies. Then they waited for their turn to add theie measured ingredient into the mixing bowl.
Georgia likedthe texture of the gooey mixture.
The children popped the cookie mix into the oven and then tidied up the baking area. Well done!
Today some children explored the wooden numbers and letters. When they collected a number from the basket each child was asked to identify the number and count out the same number of letters.
Most children managed to complete the task, while others went on to spell out the number with the small wooden letter disks.