Tag Archives: Literacy

Rapunzel’s Castle 🏰

Our children really enjoyed the story of Rapunzel and wanted to make a Rapunzel castle.

The children quickly got to work selecting their materials and paint to creating their castle.

The children decided to use the big rollers and brushes. We even explored the paint with their hands.

Once the castle walls were up it was time to furnish the inside.

They brought in logs to sit on, card for carpet and a door.

“This is the door”

”we need a carpet”

“I’m Rapunzel”

The children’s story continued to evolve all afternoon. They had great fun sharing their creativity and imagination.

“This is the bed”

“This can be the kitchen”

Along with being fun, using imagination in their play improves their creativity and promotes communication and language, develops social skills while collaborating with others, allows the children time to explore, to process and to make sense of real life situations.

Makaton Mania

We are learning some songs using Makaton.

Makaton  can help people who have limited speech or whose speech is unclear and can help all children communicate.

It is used to support spoken language. The signs are used alongside speech in the same order as the spoken word.

We are singing and signing “Five little ducks “.

We are also learning to sign our names during “Hello everyone”.



“I can sign my name”    “it’s fun to sign”

We are having fun learning to sign!

Garden fun!!

The children have been making the most of the lovely weather so far this week by having lots of fun in the garden. They have been developing both their fine and gross motor skills through a number of outdoor experiences.

The children have been developing their filling, pouring and scooping skills with jugs and containers in the water tray and with spoons and kettles in the mud! This helps the children understand the concepts of more and less whilst developing their hand/eye coordination.

The children also had great fun jumping in the muddy puddles the rain left us, jumping and landing on both feet helps to strengthen their leg muscles! What big muddy splashes!!

The children made a great obstacle course which further develops their gross motor skills. This will enhance their strength and balance whilst developing their coordination and problem solving skills.

What a busy start to the week in the garden! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!!

World Book Day

Today on World Book Day, the children had lots of fun reading their favourite books! Today the children especially enjoyed reading ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’.

We discussed how the giraffe was feeling throughout the story and the reasons why he may be feeling that way.

The children were then able to pick out the giraffes from our basket of animals and identify its long neck and how tall they are in comparison to the other animals.

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.