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Scavenger hunt fun!

Hi there, Caroline from the toddler room here. Welcome back to all our Cart Mill families who have been enjoying their Spring break. We all hope that you managed to have fun and enjoyed the lovely weather. I  know we are all missing the buzz of nursery life and particularly today when the children would have been excited to tell tales of Easter bunnies, egg hunts and eating too much chocolate! (That definitely applies to me!)

I have been trying to spend as much time in my garden as possible and today I took my girls on a Scavenger hunt in the fields behind our house. They loved it! Scavenger hunts are an exciting way to get children exploring the natural world and they add great fun to family walks.  They get children outdoors, moving and engaged in the world around them. They encourage the development of motor skills, spatial awareness and identification skills! All this whilst having great fun! This is the Scavenger hunt we chose to do today. From the photos you will see we managed to find  most items on the list!

After our hunt we came back and had some fun on the swings! Even our dog Tara was tired. Why don’t you add some Scavenger hunt fun to your walks or do one in your garden and show us what you can find! Always remember to wash your hands when you get home!!

Here is an indoor Scavenger hunt you could also try! We are saving this one for a rainy day! Hopefully we won’t need it!

Take care everyone, STAY SAFE and hopefully see all your wee faces soon, miss you all xx

Always a silver lining 😀

Who else has been taking advantage of this extra time at home? I like to think there’s always a silver lining in every situation.

Our garden has been on the ‘to do list’ for quite some time and we are finally getting round to it, with a little ‘help’ from the twins, Tommy and Alex.


We have been digging out all the trees and Tommy helped to cut them.


Alex helped with the digging too!


They even helped to tidy up, although Tommy didn’t like sharing so they got a brush each. Anything for a quiet life, right?!

Super helpers!!

Take care everyone, stay home and stay safe x

Why our garden makes us smile

Everyone knows I love being outside and I’m at my happiest in the garden. Today, I thought I’d tell you why I love it so much. I want to share my favourite flowers that are in my garden right now, as well as the benefits I get from gardening.
I have a few things flowering in the garden just now that make me smile;
My camellia, I love the vibrant colours and the fact the plant was a present from my mum.

Daffodils, I love their cheery yellow heads, so bright and happy. They always make me feel that winter is finally over.

My hellebore, known as a Christmas rose but mine never flower at Christmas. I love their delicate colours and the detail in each flower.

My apple tree, it’s not quite flowering but the buds are starting to appear. I love seeing these buds as it is a sign that new life is on the way.

So why do I do it?
Gardening reduces stress.
Evidence shows gardening reduces the levels of cortisol in the body.
Gardening boosts the immune system.
Evidence shows direct contact with dirt and plants boosts the body’s immune system.
Gardening is a workout.
3 hours of moderate gardening is equivalent to a 1 hour workout in the gym.
Gardening and friendly bacteria.
Soil contains a natural antidepressant that makes us feel happier.
Gardening promotes healthy eating.
If you grow your own vegetables you are more conscious of having a healthy diet.
Gardening helps your brain.
Daily gardening keeps your brain active.

Why don’t you do some gardening? Get out, if you can, look at the plants in the garden. Plant some things – apple seeds, tomato seeds, see what will grow. If you don’t have a garden, what about looking after houseplants or window boxes? Why not share your time exploring nature with our twitter @cartmillcentre so we can see what you have been up to.

“The flower that follows the sun, does so even on a cloudy day”

Love Val ❤️ 💐 🌳 🌈

Fun in the sun exploring our new garden!

The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill  whilst playing with water.

We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!

They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom.  One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.

We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!