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The Glorious Outdoors

The outdoor environment has massive potential for learning. Here at Cart Mill  we provide opportunities for children to learn and assess their outdoor surroundings. This morning we had fun splashing in the puddles and using the funnels and pipes to pour the rain in to. The children were estimating how fast they thought the water would flow.

This afternoon we decided to extend the bike track. We had a go at drawing our own parking spaces for our bikes and used some chalk to draw  pictures on the ground.

“If we want a society that promotes happiness and well-being among children, we could start by giving them back space where they are happiest along with the freedom to enjoy it”, Children society, (2012).

Exploring our surroundings

This week we welcomed some children from nearby nursery classes. We have all been busy playing together and building new friendships.  The children from Cart Mill have helped to settle some familiar and new faces. We have been out in our local environment learning about boundaries, hazards and risks. We have been using rope, tools and ring games to build our social skills and team work.  As we are so close to the park we can’t resist going in and having a play there too.

Grow, Cook, Eat

Today was a very exciting day in Cart Mill. We took our first delivery of plants and seeds for the garden. This afternoon we were all kept very busy, and muddy, planting our herbs. The children enjoyed touching them, feeling the different leaves and smelling all the different smells that come from herbs. The children talked about the herbs they already know and have seen being used in cooking. Today is the start of our growing programme in the garden. Over the next few weeks we will be planting our seeds and plants so that we can harvest different vegetables later in the year for cooking with and eating!

Cart Mill Herb Garden
I need to fill all the spaces.
The leaves are soft.
I can pick up lots of mud!
This tickles!
I am planting this.
It’s hard to lift the mud up.

Potato Characters!

The toddlers had a great time in the garden this week. The rain did not stop them!! They made their own characters out of potatoes, painting them and decorating them with different materials. Some of the children used feathers to give their potatoes wings or superhero capes!! They were very proud of their unique creations and had fun chatting about what they were called.

“Mine is called Super Angel Girl!!”

 

Pond Dipping at Rouken Glen Park

This week we went Pond Dipping at Rouken Glen Park.

We met Katie the Forest Ranger who showed us some of the water wildlife that we might find in the pond.

We used a big net to scoop the pond.

We emptied the nets into some tubs so that we could investigate what we had scooped out of the pond. Mostly it was small insects and there was something which looked like a worm.

We walked up to the waterfall where we looked at the direction that the water was flowing.

Before heading back to the bus, we had a play in the park.

Water Play with Tubes

Today in our outdoor area children were excited to place the tubes into the bars and pour water into them. They watched the water spouting in all different directions.  They had great fun filling the tubes and trying to collect the water as it gushed out. They used a variety of containers to fill, pour and collect water. Children practiced filling, transferring and pouring using different sized containers too.

“I can read instructions and build tubes all by myself”.
“we can build it together”

” Look at water coming through tiny holes!”.

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.