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Butterflies

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.


Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.

Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.

When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.

When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.

The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.

The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.

Violet
Ruby
Sonny
Blaze

Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.

The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.

A special Delivery

A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.

What could be inside?

The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!

WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?

Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?

1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.

They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.

Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.

So tiny

The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.

Forest School!

Today was our final week at Forest School so we had some special treats.. Pieces and Sausage, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows!!

The children have enjoyed visiting the forest over the last 4 weeks and have always been greeted by some friendly visitors..

The children have said that their favourite part of going to the forest has been creating mud monsters.. look at these scary faces!

E, R and S even found some sticks on the ground that they could recognise as letters and numbers.

S – ”Look! it’s like a number 4”

E – ”I have this letter in my name, its a letter Y”

R – ”R is in my name, it’s at the start of it, I can write it too”

 

Autumn Walk

As it was such a lovely Autumn day the toddler room decided to go a little walk around the nursery and explore the natural environment.

I wonder what different colours you can see?

The toddlers are off on a leaf hunt


We were collecting lots of different colours of leaves in our buckets


Throwing leaves is great fun too!

Using the leaves to design wonderful autumn creations

Nature Photoframes

Hi boys and girls. Hope you’re all well and having lots of fun!

I’ve been keeping myself busy by spending lots of time outdoors and going for lots of lovely walks.  I’ve been busy in my garden and I have been growing lots of pretty flowers in all different colours.
I decided I would take some photographs of my flowers to cheer me up on rainy days! I made my own Nature photo frame to make my photos extra special. I thought I would show you how to make one of your own too. They’re easy to make and I had so much fun making mine.

To make your photo frame you will need:

Scissors (please ask an adult to help you)

Cardboard – you could use a cereal box

Coloured pens

You can draw any shape you like onto your cardboard.  I decided to draw a love heart.

Next I used scissors to cut out my love heart.  This was very tricky so please ask an adult to help you.

Now for the fun part! I used lots of different coloured pens to decorate my frame. I decided to draw lots of flowers using all my favourite colours. You can draw whatever you want to make yours look extra special!

And now finally for the best part of all. Time to take some photographs! I took some photos of the pretty flowers in my garden to show you. I love watching the clouds floating in the sky, so I thought I would take a photo of that too. I had to get my son to help me as my arms were too short to take the photo!

I had lots of fun making my frame and taking some photographs to show you. I’m going to send them to my family so that they can see them too. I’m going to take my frame out on my next walk to see if I can take photos of some of the animals I see in the fields near my house.

Have lots of fun making your frame and maybe you could ask an adult at home to take some photos for you!

Missing you all boys and girls and hope to see you soon. Take care. Love Fiona xx

Our daily walk

Hi everyone,

Its Carly again!

I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely sunshine we have had the last couple of days.

This is Millie. Millie is the same age as some of our boys and girls, she is 3 years old.

Millie is a very affectionate, loving dog, she is very playful and has lots of energy. Millie needs lots of exercise to help her to grow strong bones and keep her healthy.

Millie and I have been going out for long walks in our local park and in the local area, she likes to collect sticks on our walks and I enjoy seeing all the different colours of flowers that have been growing during spring.

We have been making the most of the nice weather to get our daily exercise.

 

I hope you are all safe and well, remember to keep in touch through our twitter. We would love to hear from  you all !

Fiona and the Beanstalk

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine!
I have loved reading our blogs this week and seeing what my friends from Cart Mill have been doing, what a lovely surprise to see Camembear too! I thought I would finish this week by showing you what has been happening to the seeds I planted a few weeks ago.
Althought it’s been lovely and sunny outside, it’s still a little cold and windy, so my seeds have been keeping cozy and warm on the windowsills around my house. Seeds need lots of looking after when they are beginning to grow, so I’ve been making sure to check on them everyday. Just like us, seeds also need water to keep them healthy, so I’ve been giving them a little everyday.


As you can see, lots of my seeds have started to grow! Their shoots are reaching out of the soil and it looks like they’re trying to touch the sunshine! Some of the seeds are growing so big that they need a little more space, just like we do when we’re growing big and strong. I very carefully took the strongest plants and moved them to a bigger pot which will help them spread their roots and grow bigger and stronger. I made sure to tuck them in safely with a little more soil and gave them a drink of water as they must be thirsty with all that growing!

Can you see the long bits at the bottom of the plant that looks like string? These are called the roots. The plant uses it’s roots to pick up all the water and food it needs from the soil to help it grow. We have to be very careful not to break the roots or our plants wouldn’t be able to have anything to eat or drink and wouldn’t grow.

My lovely flowers are starting to grow too! I can’t wait to see what colours they are!

I’ve saved my favourite for last, my beanstalks! Just look how big and strong they have grown! If you look carefully, you can see the big strong roots growing down the side which means the beanstalks have had lots of food and drink which have helped make them so tall and strong.

I wonder if my beanstalk will grow any magic beans just like Jack had? I hope there isn’t a giant at the top! I haven’t found a hen yet, thankfully, but I have been eating lots of golden chocolate eggs!
Spring is my favourite time of year and although this year is full of uncertainty, it’s lovely to see new life and colour growing all around us and it’s definitely bringing my family a little hope and happiness.

Missing you all and hoping our Cart Mill family can help Val and I plant our vegetables and flowers and bring some happiness back to our Cart Mill garden soon. Take care and stay safe.

Love Fiona xx