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Fun Friday!

As today was our last day with our children attending the hub, we decided it should be Fun Friday!

The children chose some of their favourite activities. We started with choosing different materials to make some beautiful artwork.

We made beautiful patterns in our play dough and managed a bit of climbing too!

We demonstrated fabulous numeracy skills and turn taking while using our interactive board.

The horrible weather didn’t stop us having lots of fun in our garden.
We investigated making special potions using different colours of paint. We demonstrated lots of fabulous pouring, mixing and measuring and of course we had to add a little sparkle!

With a bit of teamwork, we constructed our obstacle course. Even though it was a little bit windy, we managed some brilliant balancing!


We demonstrated excellent ball control, teamwork and sharing during our game of football.

We decided we needed a little rest so we headed inside for a tasty snack.

We decided to relax with a little yoga!

Of course we had to fit in some fabulous dancing before it was time to go home.

Phew what a busy day. It really was a fun Friday!

We have loved getting to know the amazing children attending our hub. We have  had lots of fun and made lots of new friends.
Take care and we will miss you lots. Xx

Let’s go fly a kite…

From our garden today we saw a boy flying his kite on the hill.  The children were enthralled by it and were jumping up and down in delight as it whipped through the sky.  They discussed it with each other “it’s up in the sky”, “it’s gone” as they watched.

“Look it’s coming right to our garden”

When the boy went home the children asked to make their own.

They said we would need paper, pens, string and scissors.

“It needs string so it can fly”

 

They were very keen to design their kites and had fun flying them afterwards.

“The winds making it fly”

 

“If I run it can fly”

 

“Up”
“Look at my kite”

Lots of fun and excitement was had!

Crazy Cress!

It was a bit of a gloomy day in our garden today but we decided to go outside and have some fun anyway!

While we were playing, the children chatted about things we could do to brighten up our garden. We thought that some plants and flowers might add some lovely colour! As it’s still cold and not very sunny, we decided to plant something that would grow quickly and wouldn’t need a lot of sunshine.

We had a look through our packets of seeds and found some cress! We read the packet and discovered we could plant it any time of the year, it wouldn’t need sunshine to grow and most importantly we could taste some to see if we like it! The children thought the cress would be fun to grow because it “looks like little trees”.

We had a look at our seeds and they were so tiny! We had to be so careful not to drop them. We found some plastic cups so we thought that we would recycle them and use them for our “plant pots”.

We decided to investigate what our cress would need to help it grow. We had a look at some pictures and saw that some people plant their cress in soil and some put it onto cotton wool! The children thought this was very funny. We decided to carry out our own experiment and plant some in soil and some on cotton wool and then watch them to see which one grows the fastest!

We had lots of fun collecting our soil and getting a little bit muddy!


The children made a fantastic job of carefully placing their seeds in the soil and onto the cotton wool. Then we added a little water to help them grow.

The children made some labels for their pots.

We decided it was too cold for our cress outside so we took them inside where it was warm and cozy.


We can’t wait to see which of our cress grows the fastest!

Which one do you think it will be boys and girls, soil or cotton wool?

 

 

Having an ICE time

The children had great fun investigating the properties of ice. We talked about how ice forms when the temperature drops  and it gets really cold.

They loved to watch as they add water to melt some ice.

Moving over to the “kitchen” area they set about frying some dinner then adding different colours of paint starting with blue and adding red which to their delight made purple.


“I’m making dinner”


“it’s purple “

Glitter was also added as no dinner is complete without some  sparkle.

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

 

Snow Day!

Hi everyone it’s Carly here, I hope you are all well !

It’s snowing! You will need to wrap up warm for this one. Here are some activities you can do in the snow:

  • Build a snowman ( Who can build the tallest snowman?)
  • Throwing snow balls ( See how far you can throw them)
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with water (add food colouring) and make nice pictures in the  snow. Or use some paint.
  • Find a stick and practicing writing your name in the snow

There is lots of learning and development that can be done in the snow,

  •  You can measure how tall or small it is
  •  Children are learning about facial features when adding eyes, nose and a mouth
  • Can you throw it further this time? learning about distance
  • Can you get it as far as that tree?
  • Practicing writing your name in the snow develops literacy skills
  • Gross motor skills are developed as it takes large movement of muscles to get through the tougher snow
  • Weather- Is it hot or cold?
  • Science- What happens when the temperature rises?

There are lots of things to do in the snow, why not make the most of it while its here. Let us know what you learned today.

Feel free to send us pictures on twitter @cartmillcentre

Have a great day!

Snow Detectives!

It was lovely to wake up this morning to a beautiful snowy day. The sky was blue and the ground was covered in white snow sparkling in the sun.

Fun facts about snow!

Have you noticed that its very quiet when it snows? This is because when the snow covers the ground it sucks in all of the noise around it which makes it really quiet!

Did you know that snow isn’t really white? It actually has no colour. It looks like it’s white from reflections from the sun which can make it look really bright and sparkly. Snow is made way up high in the clouds where it is really cold. Water turns into ice because it is so cold and it falls as snow. Snow flakes are made up of tiny little crystals that form in the air and all join together. Each snow flake can have around 200 crystals in it and each one is different. How cool is that!

I decided to go out for a walk and investigate snow a bit more. Even though the sun was shining it was very cold so I put on my coat, gloves, hat and my cozy socks and snowboots! I was ready to be a snow detective!

Snow had fallen on lots of the bushes and trees on my walk, don’t they look beautiful! I could hear lots of birds in the trees and the snow crunched when I walked, my feet made a funny squeaking noise too!

I spotted lots of different footprints on the ground and decided to measure my foot against one. Do you like my stripey socks, they kept my feet nice and cozy! Which one do you think is bigger?

Can you see all the different patterns on the footprints? Which one do you think are longer or shorter?

I also saw some other footprints and tracks in the snow, can you guess what might have made them?

 

I decided to have some fun in my garden. I wrote my name in the snow, my fingers were so cold!

I decided to ask my family to make a footprint in the snow. Which one do you think is mine? I’ll give you a clue, I’m the shortest in my house and I have the smallest feet!

Finally I decided to make some snowballs and throw them against wall to see what patterns they made. The bigger the snowball, the bigger the pattern I made!

Now it was time for me to go inside, I think I might need some hot chocolate to warm me up! Thanks for beings such amazing snow detectives with me!

Hope you have lots of fun in the snow and please share some of your photos with us. Take care boys and girls.

 

Christmas in the Cart Mill garden!

Today in our garden we were exploring different Christmas experiences..

The children were using different materials to create some transient art Christmas trees, developing their fine motor skills by practicing Christmas words in the rice and exploring different sized and shaped pine cones and counting them out.

 

They selected different coloured materials to create decorations on their Christmas trees.

They also worked together to count out the different sized pine cones. Great teamwork!

D was able to copy the word ”Elf” by using his mark-making and fine motor skills to create the letters in the rice!

I wonder what other fun Christmas experiences we will explore throughout the week.

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”

 

Outdoor fun!

Today the children in the discovery room were enjoying the fresh air in the garden. They had great fun at the woodwork bench using the tools. With the protective gloves on the children loved hammering and they were developing their fine motor skills using the screwdrivers. Great fun was had at the new music wall. The children quickly noticed that hitting the pots with a wooden spoon made a different sound from hitting them with a metal spoon! As always the motto was ‘the louder the better’! We definitely have future musicians at Cart Mill!!