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Wintery Walkathon

Let’s get outside for a walk.

Walking is a great way of maintaining health in adults ……. but also great for children too!

Walking  offers countless learning opportunities as well as physical benefits.

Health benefits : it helps keeps you and your children to stay healthy in mind as well as body, keeping active and helping to boost mood and self esteem.

Its relaxing and aids concentration.

Develops independence: on the way invite your child to choose the direction to walk. They may decide to take a short cut or to extend the walk. This responsibility helps them to grow and to become aware of what surrounds them.

Walking improves mood: walking outdoors is ideal for clearing the head and benefitting from natural daylight.

Its fun and interesting you get to notice things along the way and meet people from your neighbourhood.

This week it was snowy, we wrapped up warm and put on our boots to go for a local walk to see what we could see.

We love to be outside and explore our surroundings.

Across from the family centre we found a gate which would only let one person through at a time.
It led us down a path that took us to the river. The children wanted to see if they could find any horses as there were stables in the distance. We continued our walk listening to the sounds of the river and the birds were tweeting. As we were walking we could hear the snow crunching under our feet and the children were chatting.

We reached another gate and took turns going through the gate. We reached a large field with a pathway and continued to see if we could find any horses in the stable. As we got nearer we could see big bales of hay in the stables but no horses. We had a look at the tracks and patterns we had made in the snow with our foot prints as we explored in the field.

On the way back to the nursery the children spotted  a birds nest in the trees.


The children took pictures of the nest to share with you. We talked about what the birds use to make a nest.

It was time to head back to nursery for lunch.

We hope you enjoyed our adventure, we had lots of fun on our walk and although we didn’t see horses we spotted lots of other things on our walk.

Where do you go walking?
Please share your walkathon moments with us on our google classroom, Twitter page or email.

Enjoy your walkathon!   Sharon x

Mark making with Ice paints

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The children in the nursery have been busy exploring ways to mark make using a variety of media and techniques.

We decided to make our own ice paints.

We took turns to fill an ice cube tray with water.

Adding a small drop of food colouring or paint.

We found some lollipop sticks and added them to the tray.

Carefully we took the ice cube tray to the freezer and left them overnight to freeze.

The next day the coloured water had changed to ice!

We popped the ice paints out the tray with a little help from the ladies.

All the children enjoyed making marks on our paper using the ice paints.

 

“I have made zig zags in green”

“I’m drawing me”

”it’s an orange circle”

 

The children continued to enjoy developing their mark making skills outdoors……

In a beautiful blank canvas of snow.

 

 

 

Snow Day!

Hi everyone it’s Carly here, I hope you are all well !

It’s snowing! You will need to wrap up warm for this one. Here are some activities you can do in the snow:

  • Build a snowman ( Who can build the tallest snowman?)
  • Throwing snow balls ( See how far you can throw them)
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with water (add food colouring) and make nice pictures in the  snow. Or use some paint.
  • Find a stick and practicing writing your name in the snow

There is lots of learning and development that can be done in the snow,

  •  You can measure how tall or small it is
  •  Children are learning about facial features when adding eyes, nose and a mouth
  • Can you throw it further this time? learning about distance
  • Can you get it as far as that tree?
  • Practicing writing your name in the snow develops literacy skills
  • Gross motor skills are developed as it takes large movement of muscles to get through the tougher snow
  • Weather- Is it hot or cold?
  • Science- What happens when the temperature rises?

There are lots of things to do in the snow, why not make the most of it while its here. Let us know what you learned today.

Feel free to send us pictures on twitter @cartmillcentre

Have a great day!

Learning sign language

As we have been learning some basic signs in the toddler room we use daily to help us communicate, the children have been enjoying practicing them! Today we learned some new signs like “sleep”, “snack” “thank you” etc. Here are some of our clever children trying them out.

“Thank you”

this is a tricky one to illustrate, so the girls done a motion each 🙂

“Snack”

“sleep”

“Well done”

We will practice different signs this week, so stay tuned 🙂 thank you to all our clever helpers!

Polar Express

The children had been discussing different festive movies they have been watching at home.

A favourite was Polar Express, this led to the children deciding they wanted their own Polar Express in Cart Mill.

The children selected boxes and wanted to decorate them. They used various media and techniques that were available throughout the studio to design and decorate the train.

 

The children used the various boxes and discussed size and placement as they put it together.

Once they were happy they all jumped inside and  took a magical trip in the Polar Express and used lots of expressive language and actions.

“sparkling snow”

“shouts of ho ho ho “

 

It was great to see the children all working collaboratively, sharing resources and experiencing festive joy.

I wonder what the children will create next ?

 

 

Christmas in the Cart Mill garden!

Today in our garden we were exploring different Christmas experiences..

The children were using different materials to create some transient art Christmas trees, developing their fine motor skills by practicing Christmas words in the rice and exploring different sized and shaped pine cones and counting them out.

 

They selected different coloured materials to create decorations on their Christmas trees.

They also worked together to count out the different sized pine cones. Great teamwork!

D was able to copy the word ”Elf” by using his mark-making and fine motor skills to create the letters in the rice!

I wonder what other fun Christmas experiences we will explore throughout the week.

A little bit of Kindness

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.”

When I grow up…

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”

Volcano Fun

The children were busy this week in the garden being scientists. They decided that they wanted to make a volcano! So we got our thinking caps on and thought of all the ingredients we would need. The children worked as a team and used their problem solving skills throughout the experiment. First we poured in the baking soda then food colouring and last but not least the vinegar, which was the children’s favourite part as it was eruption time!

Science experiments for children have huge benefits.  It ignites their natural curiosity, develops problem solving skills and introduces new language through discussion.

When I grow up – Book week Scotland

You will have seen from the November Newsletter that next week is Book Week Scotland. As this year’s theme is the future, we ordered a time capsule that we are going to bury in the nursery garden and we’d like all the children in the centre to contribute to this.

After reading “When I Grow Up” The children have drawn a black pen drawing of what they would like to be in the future so we can then add them to the time capsule.

 “I want to be a baker”


“I want to be a doctor”


“I want to be a painter”


“I want to be a princess”