# Outdoor Water Play

The toddlers have been very excited to have water play back in the garden. They have been learning to pour the water into different sized containers and were asking to have bubbles added. Some toddlers decided to water the plants in the garden as they needed a drink.

# Patterns in Nature

Our children enjoyed exploring our garden today and noticed that we had lots of spiders webs under our roof area.

We discussed how clever the spiders were in making their own webs and looked at the different shapes and sizes of each web. We pointed out all the lovely patterns the spiders had made.

We had a look through our books to see if we could find any other nature patterns. The children chose to look at our “Swirls in Nature” book because it had spiders webs in it and lots of other lovely swirly patterns.

We drew some swirls on paper and the children had lots of fun using natural resources such as stones, pine cones and conkers to make a swirl pattern.

We would love to see any patterns in nature you might have found!

# We love measuring!

During Maths Week Scotland the children were measuring each other and helped to create a height chart. We used comparative language to discuss who was the tallest, smallest and even the mediumest!

The children have continued their love of measuring into this week but are now interested in measuring by weight. We have been using the scales to find out which objects are the heaviest and have been further developing our maths skills by counting how many blocks we need to use to balance the scales.

L said, “This side is heavier.”   Then after adding blocks to the other side, C said,  “It’s the same now.”

L said, “The arrow is in the middle.”  C said, “It’s balanced!”

I wonder what we will measure next… 📏⚖️😄

# We’re going on a local walk!

In the home room this week we decided to take advantage of the nice day and go for a walk around our local environment.

The children were looking for different colours and numbers that they could find and they were also collecting different autumn materials as this is what they have shown an interest in talking about: autumn and the leaves changing colours.

N and E spotted numbers on the postbox as we were walking past…

The children noticed from a distance that they could spot a house that stood out from all the rest, can you tell which one?!

I and R spotted numbers on a fence as we were walking past, do you know what numbers they are?

D and A were using mathematical language and conversation  at the top of the hill saying that ”we are so high up look how far up we came”

Most importantly, we were making sure we looked left and right and listened and looked for cars coming to ensure that we all crossed the road safely!

# Fun with numbers!

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Today in the Home Room the children were focusing on counting and identifying numbers to 10.  After counting the spots on the wooden steps the children were able to put the steps in order from one to ten. They then had great fun jumping up the steps whilst shouting out the number as they stood on it! The children also helped the ladies to make number lollipop sticks. They counted aloud how many dots were needed on each stick and then sorted them in the correct number order! What great number helpers we have at Cart Mill!!

# Play dough Play

Who doesn’t love a bit of playdough play? It’s squishy, it’s squashy but most of all it’s fun!

During these challenging times playdough can be the  perfect play experience to calm your child from noisy play into quiet time,

Here are some other ways that playdough exploration can develop your child’s learning……

• Develops Fine Motor Control- Before they learn to write, children need to develop their finger muscles, strength  and control. During playdough play, children will mould, flatten , squish pinch, break and roll the playdough, all the while developing finger muscles they need to help them hold a pencil correctly.
• Develops vocabulary-As your child creates and explores with the playdough, they will form new ideas and concepts. Through  this process they will learn new words such as squeeze, roll, flatten etc as well as words describing what they are doing.
• Encourages Creativity –Playdough is a blank canvas waiting to be moulded into  a unique  creation by your child. Exploring playdough will encourage your child’s creativity as they mould and create from an image they hold mentally into a masterpiece.
• Numeracy Skills-Following a playdough recipe where your child will measure out the correct amount of ingredients is the perfect opportunity for them to develop their counting and measuring skills.

Playdough is very easy to make! Below I have included a link for some easy non cook playdough.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

Changing the texture or adding different smells to can enhance the sensory experience for your child. Here are some ideas…

Adding some shaving foam and corn starch to make some foam dough

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/05/foam-dough-shaving-cream-corn-starch/

Our children at Cart Mill love when we add different resources to their playdough to explore with. Here are some ‘playdough invitations’ to play…..

Adding different household objects to imprint into the playdough is a great way to explore pattern and texture.