Today the children in the toddlers had so much fun making yummy, sticky flapjacks! We did lots of measuring, weighing, melting, greasing and mixing to make the perfect consistency. This morning it turned out a little bit dry, so we put our thinking caps on… how do we make it stickier? The answer of course, was more sticky syrup!! We added some extra tablespoons of syrup to see if it would change the texture as it was “too crumbly” and “crunchy”the first time, and it turned out just right. Well done guys! See if you can spot the difference.
We can’t wait to see what the children decide to make next from their book of baking ideas. Stay tuned!!
The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.
Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.
They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.
Some of the children preferred to use their hands.
E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.
“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”
“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”
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.
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.
Today in the toddler room we decided to have a game of skittles. We all played together, taking turns and challenging ourselves by using different sized balls, discovering whether that would make it easier or harder and keeping note of how many pins we had knocked down.
We started off with a football but that was easy peasy!!!
We changed to a medium sized ball and this made it harder, so we came a little closer to the pins.
We then tried with a even smaller ball but that was sooooo hard.
We counted the pins we had knocked down
And took turns noting down how many we had knocked down 😁
In the home room we are learning to make our own homemade Vegan Scones.
Following on from the play dough the children wanted to make scones.
We found a recipe that suits everyone in the nursery and are learning to follow the recipe to make our own scones.
We are measuring out the flour using weighing scales. We need to make sure the scales say 300 grams.
We added bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, sugar vegetable oil and 100ml of oat milk.
Sharon preheated the oven to 160 degrees.
We mixed all the dried ingredients together and then added oil before slowly adding milk to make sure it doesn’t become too sticky.
Once we placed the ingredients on a floured surface, we began to knead the mixture.
We then took a rolling pin and rolled them out until they were 3cm thick.
The scones were baked in the oven until they were golden brown which took about 15-18 minutes.
Our children have shown an interest in minibeasts over the last week.
We read our book all about minibeasts and the children were able to identify the ones they recognised such as grasshopper and dragonfly.
We were able to use the information we had read in our minibeasts book and compare it to our minibeast chart. We asked questions such as “What colour is it? How many legs does it have? Does it have wings?” to collect information and match each minibeast to the correct picture on our chart.
We used our magnifying glass to have a closer look at the features of our minibeasts. We counted how many legs each minibeast had and recorded our information on a chart we made.
We then sorted our minibeasts into a group that had 6 legs and a group that had wings. Brilliant investigating children!
We were so lucky to spot a beautiful butterfly at Forest school!