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Exploring with shells…..paint, sand and water😁


Gail was at the beach over the weekend and collected some shells for the toddlers to explore 👁


We printed with the shells investigating the different sizes and textures of the shells.


We used a variety of resources to create designs


We listened very hard to try and hear the ocean


We transferred the shells into the water to play with, also to clean our shells

We made sandcastles and decorated them with shells….how pretty

What a lot of fun we had today 🥰

 

 

 

 

 

Making shapes in the garden!

Today in the garden the children have been developing their knowledge of 2D shapes.  We were discussing the number of sides and corners each shape has. We were focussing on squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The children then made the shapes out of stones and correctly counted the number of sides for each shape.

Some of the children were playing with elastic bands which is very good for developing their fine motor skills and great fun too! They realised they could make different shapes using the bands!

”I made a triangle with 3 sides!”

”Look, a rectangle!”

”I made a house shape!”

We are super at making shapes at Cart Mill!

Welcome back to the Discovery Room.

Welcome back everyone it’s good to see everyone back again,  We have all been busy exploring the toys in the discovery room and reconnecting with our friends.

We have been investigating the technology toys, working out how to make them move.

We used our creative skills to work side by side with our friends to discuss our feelings and use or writing skills to record how we feel.

We used the interactive board as another way to mark make and record our feelings today.

We were busy using our curiosity to make different objects using different shapes and sized  loose parts in our construction area.

We also took our learning outdoors, to use our muddy movers skills.
It has been so much fun being back and can’t wait to come back again tomorrow.

 

Feeling Festive…

Welcome to December!  The children have been telling us all about their Christmas trees at home, this has sparked quite an interest in recreating their own whilst at Cartmill.

Some children have enjoyed using their ICT skills to decorate a virtual tree.

“It goes down the bottom”

This helped to develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills whilst it provided opportunities for use of mathematical language.

“I’m putting a big star at the top”

The children also made use of loose parts to decorate their own paper trees.  The conversations the children had during this activty were very excitable as they discussed their trees at home.

“It’s like the tree at my house”
“I want a star on top”
“red and purple”
“I need a bit for down the bottom”

I’m sure you will agree their creative skills are outstanding!

 

 

Rangoli patterns – Celebrating Diwali

In the discovery room we are continuing to learn about pattern and Diwali.

We began by creating our own rangoli pattern

The children then worked on their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination colouring in patterns while trying to stay in the line. They choose some lovely bright colours to celebrate the festival of light.

Using loose parts we followed the lines around the pattern and created our own design.

We learned a lot during Diwali and had great fun designing our Rangoli pattern. Did you celebrate Diwali at home this year? If you did we would like to see how you celebrated.

Block Play Fun!

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”.