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Boat Building at Rouken Glen Park

Last week we took a trip to Rouken Glen Park.

We met with Katy who is a Ranger in the park and we designed and built our own boats.

Katy showed us a boat that she had built and then we had a go at building our own using different junk materials.

We put plastic on the bottom of our boats as we wanted them to be water proof.

Katy took us down to the water. She went into the water and we watched from the side.

Katy put our boats into the water and they raced down the stream to the finishing line. Some boats got stuck and Katy had to rescue them with her net.

We had a great time.

All in the name of science

Today we decided that we were going to complete an experiment in the snow. This was conducted at the grass area behind Cart Mill where we wanted to find out who could go further in the snow! It was a very serious experiment which involved a group of children, and also a couple of CDOs, taking turns to slide down the snowy slope and see how far they got. We also decided to investigate if we travelled further on our puddle suits or on some black bin bags. The results of the experiment clearly showed the bin bags made us all go faster and the bigger ‘children’ went further!

And the winner is…

Feed the birds

The children were watching some birds this morning and decided that they must be hungry because the ground was covered in snow. We talked about things that birds could eat, such as nuts and seeds but as we are a nut free centre we thought we could put something else out for the birds to eat. Always wanting to encourage recycling, we found some apples that had been left over from last week’s snack and we wondered if the birds would like to eat them. One of the children said we should hang the apples up so we started looking at ways to do this. After some problem solving, we came up with our own bird feeder.

What can the birds eat?
I can see the blue ribbon.
I think the birds will like a red apple.
How can we hang our bird feeder.
Dinner is served.

Exploring properties of Ice!!

The children have been developing their observation skills through exploring blocks of melting ice outdoors. They discussed and investigated some of their findings about the properties of ice. They  also predicted how long it would take to melt the ice. They decided to experiment with different methods of how to make the ice melt.

Firstly they used cold water to make the ice melt and their second choice was using warm water to see if the ice would melt faster. The children were excited to see the ice melting and discover what letters were hiding inside.  Everyone was able to work cooperatively with their peers. The children have also been developing their vocabulary through touching the ice and describing the appearance of it, some of boys said it was  “smooth” and “slippery”.

“It makes a cracking sound when i put water in”
“Look the ice is getting smaller”
“I can see the letters coming out”

“It feels cold”
“There is more water in the tray now”.

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

What a perfect day for some cooking in the mud kitchen. Rain never dampens the children’s spirit at Cart Mill. The girls thought it was the ideal day to go for a walk down our river before measuring out and weighing the water and mud.

The pond is very deep today.
The water is up to my knees!
Going for a river walk.
It’s delicious!
Who would like some soup?

It needs to be just right!
Measuring the ingredients…

the mud for their homemade mud soup!

Outdoor fun

Today the children decided to explore weight. They gathered resources and used them to create scales on which they could balance and compare their body weight. The children used lots of mathematical language to describe their findings. Matthew found that he was heavier than a ball and that if he stood in the middle the wood stayed balanced.

Other children decided to add some shampoo to the large outdoor sink. Splashing and watching the water and bubbles flow was great fun. Dominic commented; “this is so much fun”

I wonder?

The children have been carrying out some experiments. Yesterday they tried mixing mento’s with coke to make a volcano…it didn’t work!

Next they decided to light the fire pit and toast some marshmallows. Sticky but yummy!

Then the decided to create their own Volcano. Bhavin and the other children are going to try bicarbonate of soda and vinegar tomorrow. I wonder what will happen.


Forest School

Here at Cart Mill Family Centre we just love blogging about our daily adventures! The children who attended Forest School today experienced a “greener” forest than in previous weeks as the trees, flowers and plants are really beginning to get into full summertime growth. By spending time in the natural woodland in this way, the children experience first hand the effects of nature on the environment.  Catriona told me “I like it when the birds sing in the forest”. Although we are only a few feet from a busy road and a housing estate, it can feel very remote and peaceful, and very often the children don’t want to return to the family centre too soon! If you are interested in finding out more about Forest School, or would like to attend a session please let us know. In the meantime, when you are out and about with your child, please take a little moment every so often to look at and taljk about the seasonal changes. You will be surprised by how much your child knows!