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Toddlers developing their understanding of the world through mark making.


The toddlers have been exploring their mark making skills on canvas and paper. They independently selected their own paint colours and brushes.  They were then able to express their feelings on the canvas and paper. H decided to paint some lovely  flowers  on hers,Poppy’s and Roses. The children were deeply engaged during their mark making activity.  When finished two of the girls asked if we could display their creative works of art, You can see the sense of pride on their faces on the last picture.

 

 

 

Look at our gorgeous paintings!

Outdoor art

Our boys and girls had lots of fun in our garden today further developing their gross motor skills. They collected lots of different materials and chose their favourite colour of paints to create their artwork.

The children chose lots of different sized brushes so that we could see the different marks they would make on our screen. We made lots of big sweeping movements with our large brushes and tiny little movements with our small brushes.

The children chose to paint some shells and pine cones which they then pressed and rolled onto the screen to see the beautiful patterns they made.

We mixed lots of our colours together and made “rainbow patterns”. The children discovered that when they mixed the blue, orange and green paint together it turned brown!

“It looks like waves on the sea”

”It’s a rainbow snake”

We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!

Of course the best fun of all was painting our hands and making lots of handprint patterns. We made lots of squiggles,  lines and wrote our names with our fingers.

Brilliant work boys and girls!

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.

Outdoor Fun

It has been so lovely to welcome our children back to our Cart Mill garden and to hear it filled will laughter again.  We’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a wee look at what we’ve been up to!

Our budding gardeners have been busy digging our planters, filling pots, watering them, and of course making some mud pies! We hope to begin our vegetable and flower planting soon and plan to make good use of our amazing greenhouse.

Our new obstacle course has been very popular. The children have demonstrated brilliant teamwork and turn taking when constructing their own obstacle courses using loose parts.

Physical activity is so important to improve our health and well-being. Our children are very active and have demonstrated excellent gross motor skills through throwing, catching, balancing, stretching, pushing and pulling.

The children have demonstrated their excellent numeracy and literacy skills through mark making and making good use of our number square.

We are always amazed by the wonderful imaginative thinking and creativity of our children. From using block play to construct a castle to “keep the dinosaurs out” to building a castle using mud to “stick the bricks together like a proper castle”, we certainly have some budding architects, builders and artists at Cart Mill! Of course we can’t have a castle without some Princesses, so the children decided to make their own! After tidy up time the children decided to make their own Fairy Tree!


Through exploring their curiosity, the children decided to collect some sticks from the “big tree we see from our garden”. It was wonderful to see their creations from, campfires, making their own trees to having a sword fight!

We’ve had a bit of mixed weather over the last couple of weeks but we’ve used it to our advantage! From collecting rainfall, exploring measuring and pouring by making “cupcakes” in our mud kitchen to just having fun splashing in some puddles!

 

It’s always a day filled with fun and laughter in our Cart Mill garden!

 

Let’s explore block prints.

Today in the home room we were exploring our mark making skills.
we got our trays, paper and paint all set up and decided to use the Lego blocks to print the marks and patterns they made.

We picked different shape sizes, colours and shapes of blocks.


We had lots of fun dipping our blocks into the paint, and exploring what print it would make.

When we finished using the blocks ,we then decided to use our fingers to design the rest of our picture.

We had lots of fun getting  messy and mark making our block pictures.


Can you make your own block prints at home? What else can you find that you can print patterns with?

 

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.

 

 

 

Marvellous Mark Making!

Our children have had lots of fun developing their mark making skills this week!

We decided to use some shaving foam “because it was all fluffy and smelled nice” and the children collected lots of different materials to see what marks and pattens they could make.

We used some of the branches from our Christmas Tree, pine cones, lollipop sticks and our fingers to see the different marks each made.
The children thought the Christmas tree made the best marks.

We decided to add some “sparkles” and colour to our foam to see what would happen.

We had lots of fun swirling and mixing our foam and “it turned pink. It’s my favourite” Some of the children practised writing their names and numbers in the foam. The children thought the Christmas tree looked like “a strawberry ice cream”.

We had lots of fun drawing patterns on the ground and following them until we reached the end “X marks the spot!” Do you like our “colourful rainbow?”

We were so happy to see the snow in our garden. Our  toddlers had so much fun mark making using their feet. Our dinosaurs came out to play too!

It’s been a busy couple of days in our garden and we have had so much fun using so many different materials to practise our marvellous mark making skills!

Why don’t you practise your marvellous mark making at home? We would love you to share them with us.

Take care and have lots of fun. Xx

 

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”

Can you make the firework explode?

Today we had the best fun in our Home room garden. We have been looking at pictures of fireworks. We were talking about the patterns, shapes and colours they make in the sky. We decided to experiment with paint and water to make our own firework explosions and see what patterns ours will make.

We used our hands to throw the paint in the air and watch what happened when it landed. We used different colours and glitter. We added water to help make the patterns move on the ground.

We had so much fun mixing the colours in the air before they landed on the ground.
We then decided to use our brand new gross motor mark making tools, to create shapes and patterns and make our firework picture pop.

We worked together to made lines, spirals and circles in our big outdoor art picture.

All the children had so much fun outdoors making the firework art. The skills we learned through this were mark making, exploring colours, investigating patterns and creative thinking.  We all learn the most when we are having fun.