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Snowy Movers

It was a snowy, wet and cold morning in our garden but this didn’t stop our children from having lots of fun! The children decided to design and build their own “snowy movers” course using our loose parts. The children demonstrated excellent teamwork by collecting parts and discussing where they should put them to build their course. They used the cable reels, tyres and crates and set them out in a straight line to climb up and walk along. The children had lots of fun climbing and walking along their course. They then decided they would like to add in some jumping, so we discussed how we could make the course more challenging. The children had some fantastic ideas and worked together to add additional obstacles such as crates and wooden planks to our course so that they could climb, jump and balance.  Our course was a bit more challenging, but with a little support the children gained confidence and were soon demonstrating excellent climbing, balancing and jumping skills. As it was snowing and very wet, the children identified that we would need to be very careful as it was very “slippy”!

Muddy movers is a program of physical activities designed to develop gross motor skills and emotional resilience. By using various loose parts to design obstacle courses, our children develop their core strength, balance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, confidence, problem solving and teamwork skills. Our children gain a real sense of achievement as well as improving their health and well-being and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Rainy day fun

Watering the flowers at the mud cafe

 

This afternoon was definitely a day for the ducks but that didn’t stop the children of Cartmill embracing the rainfall.  We donned our puddle suits and wellies and went into our garden to have fun.

Splashing in the puddles

We developed our gross motor skills and used our co-ordination to splash in the puddles. We discussed the size of the splashes we made  “that was a big one”.

Finding objects to jump from

We tried jumping from different heights to see if we could make bigger puddles.

Making “tea” in the mud cafe

We used our imagination and developed our hand-eye co-ordination making “tea” in the mud cafe.

Lots of fun and learning no matter what the weather.

 

Forest School Finale

We I It was our last week in the forest for most groups and we reflected on what we have enjoyed during our 10 weeks.  These are some of the experiences the children loved:

Getting muddy!

Swinging through the air!

Investigating nature!

Climbing trees!

Leaf art!

Toasting on the fire!

Today we celebrated our adventures in the forest with a sausage sandwich and a hot chocolate.

That’s Forest School over until February when we will have new groups of children to take on our adventures.

 

 

Mud Sports Day

MUD DAY !!!!!!!

Today we had a vision and it came to life. Our children explored their senses through jelly, mud, water, bubbles, gloop, flour and grass. The children were allowed to get as muddy as possible and to share this experience with the full Cart Mill family.

Children within this developmental stage it is crucial to engage in outdoor experience, thus experience allowed children to explore the world around them in a fun and unfamiliar way. The children also develop their social skills, risk taking, gross motor skill and physical ability through this experience. This is an great example of “learning through play “.

This was not only for the children but also for the staff. This type of experience is known to provide joy and happiness if we let it and today at Cart Mill we did just that. Laughter filled the air and fun was had by all.

Please keep an an eye on the board in the hall way for more mud day pictures. Thank you to everybody who helped to make this work, especially you the parents, this was a huge success.

30 Days Even Wilder

Today we opened our gardens up so the whole centre became one big happy wild space for all the children. Day 19 of #30dayswild saw us watering our garden plants, or at least that was the plan but the children had different ideas…
After watering the plants our children decided they would prefer to fill up the mud kitchen puddle, water themselves and also the odd CDO! There was so much laughter and it was lovely to see our toddlers exploring the big garden.

Our plants need a drink.

Now let’s make some mud

We’re cooking caramel sauce