The toddlers have a fantastic new tree inside their playroom. They decided it should become an apple tree with lots of green and red apples on it. We used cut apples dipped in paint to create some lovely apple prints. We discussed the different parts of an apple and that the stem is what holds the apple to the tree. Some children wanted to add brown stems to their prints. We were surprised to find out that the stem is the only bit of an apple you can’t eat!! The children are looking forward to cutting out their apples and hanging them to our tree once they dry.
Today all of the children in Cart Mill enjoyed a teddy bears picnic and an outdoor bookbug session.
The toddlers participated with the older children in a huge teddy bears picnic. They enjoyed singing familiar songs from bookbug sessions and learning some new songs.
We had a great time singing with our teddy bears and enjoyed an outdoor picnic snack .
Tomorrow (Thursday)we are hosting a Bookbug Big Picnic in celebration of Bookbug Week. Families are welcome to join us at 10.30 and 2.15. Just remember to bring your teddy!
This week in the literacy area we have been talking about letters! We shared what we know about letters with each other and discussed different ways we could learn more.
Some children were interested in writing letters so we provided lots of learning opportunities for them to explore writing letters in different materials. As usual we have got a little messy at times but that’s all part of the fun!
Using wet sand and letter stencils to print…
Using shaving foam…..
Wet, slimy mud…..
The children went for a walk into a magical fairy world today. They wanted to make a new world in the garden where a magical wizard and a scary dragon lived. The King and Queen of the land lived high above the garden, watching over their kingdom. The children thought the dragon should live in a big volcano with a lava river. We used some of our plants in the garden to make a deep, dark forest to keep the dragon away from the King and Queen. The castle was made from beautiful flowers that were pink and yellow and white. Everything was happy in the garden until one day the dragon decided to cross the lava river… Now the children had to decide, did the King and Queen live happily ever after?
Children have a natural desire to explore and experiment. “Gloop” is an interesting mixture with a unique texture and is a fabulous sensory and science experience for children to help them learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid are. It also offer children the opportunity for exploring mark making and pattern as they explore new materials other than pen and paper and use their fingers to create marks, lines, and shapes.
Later they added different paint colours into the gloop. The children wanted to see how one colour change to another colour when it was mixed together and predicted what colour they may see before it happened.
“It feels so sticky.”
“It’s snowy and slimy!”
“I am making rainbow.”
This week we have been exploring signs of Spring. The children were keen to share all the things they already knew about Spring and what they would like to learn more about. We made a list of all the Spring words we could think of .
We have been having fun in the shaving foam and sand exploring different ways to make marks such as using our fingers and daffodil stems!
Every gingerbread man needs a gingerbread house!!
Today the toddlers made a start on creating their own gingerbread houses! They helped to make boxes into the shape of houses and had fun getting messy painting them brown like gingerbread! Once they are dry the children are looking forward to decorating the houses with their own choice of art and craft materials!
“Our house needs windows and curtains!”.
The children have been enjoying the gingerbread man story and today they have baked their own gingerbread men. They enjoyed measuring and weighing all the ingredients and giving it a good mix. They then used the cutters to make the shape and placed them on the baking tray to go in the oven. Everyone is looking forward to decorating and taking them home tomorrow.