Our children have been waiting patiently to see if the “egg” in our Curiosity Cube would hatch!
We had a lovely surprise this week when we noticed our egg had hatched and left us our Kindness Elves! The Kindness Elves are our magical friends who love to sprinkle a little kindness and happiness wherever they go. Our Elves have their own wee house and they left us a lovely little letter asking if they could stay with us at Cart Mill and make friends will all the children. We are so lucky!
Each day our Elves leave us a little note in their postbox asking us to carry out an act of kindness. So far they have asked us to smile at everyone we meet, say please and thank you all day, and to share toys with our friends. Our children have loved looking in the little postbox and have been so good at carrying out their acts of kindness.
The children decided they would like to write some notes back to our Elves. We had lots of fun making our Kindness Post Box and the children decorated it with lots of hearts and wrote their own signs. The children had lots of fun posting the letters in their Kindness Post Box!
We are going to have so much fun with our Kindness Elves and we would love you to share any acts of Kindness from our children.
“No little kindness is too small and each act will add up to make a BIG difference.”
In the Toddler Room the children love to make play dough. Today we decided to try a different recipe. The children helped to make some this morning and they had fun exploring its texture and scent. They said it smelt like strawberries.
Have fun trying this at home. Here’s what you need to make Silky Playdough:-
1 Cup of Cornflour
1 Cup of Hair Conditioner
Mix the cornflour and the conditioner in a bowl. If its too sticky add more cornflour, too crumbly add more conditioner. The play dough should be soft and ‘squidgy’.
The children added glitter giving their play dough a little bit of sparkle. You can add anything to it. Try buttons or beads to enhance their fine motor skills.
Following on from our theme of “When I grow up” from book week, the children in the home room have been role playing different jobs and roles they want to do when they are older exploring real life situations through their imagination and role play experiences.
Developing mark making and early writing skills. R and E are ”doing my homework” E discussed that her brother does his home work when he comes in from school. ”I will do that when I go to school too”
R – ”I’m the teacher, I’m reading a story to the boys and girls”
L – ”I work on the computer and we need to answer the phone, it’s really busy!”
S – ”I’m in the doctors you need to wait for your appointment and then the doctor makes you better with medicine”
Our children had lots of fun today in our garden using their wonderful imaginations to create an amazing house using our wooden blocks.
“It’s a beautiful house”
They worked together as a team to discuss where to place their blocks to make their house.
“This one is a bit heavy.” “We all worked together.”
The children discussed that “There’s lots of toys in a real house” so off they went to find some toys to put in their house.
Block play is a wonderful way of allowing children the freedom to explore, be creative and use their imaginations. Our children demonstrated great problem solving skills and teamwork when creating their house. They compared the sizes of the blocks and discussed how heavy they were to lift and how to balance them on top of each other. There was also lots of discussion of walking on the “uppers and downers” carefully so that they didn’t fall off! “Like we be careful on our stairs at home”.
The children have been exploring their imagination by using the blocks as skis. They also demonstrated great problem-solving skills as they came up with different solutions to allow them to move around the room.
The children started using the single blocks to slide their feet but were finding it difficult to move. Some children were able to push off using the furniture.
The children were engaged in their play and started using the bigger blocks as ski poles.
As the children played we watched some ski videos to inspire their thoughts.
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!
Today in the home room the children have been exploring the different types of small world play.
We have been working together to build the train set. We were using our creative skills to design our large train track and our fine manipulative skills to fit the track together. We discussed where we could go on our trains.
We were also playing with the small world elves and fairies, using our imagination to create magical stories together with our friends.
It has been a great day using our imagination and creating wonderful learning opportunities in our home room.