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Greenbank Gardens

Hi everyone, Eilidh here 😀

I am very fortunate to live across from Greenbank Gardens and, although the gardens themselves are closed, we have been taking many of our daily walks in the forest area around them. There are benches, chairs and stepping stones made from trees that have had to be cut down for safety reasons and also little teepee style dens made from sticks. The boys absolutely love going exploring and we use it as a learning opportunity to discuss what we can see and hear.

Crawling in to the den
Chasing squirrels up trees
Playing hide and seek with Dad
The boys love finding sticks to take home
Having a rest on the bench
Too tired to walk home after all their running around! So glad we held onto their slings!!

Hope you are all having as much fun exploring your local area!

Take care, stay home and stay safe x

Our daily walk

Hi everyone,

Its Carly again!

I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely sunshine we have had the last couple of days.

This is Millie. Millie is the same age as some of our boys and girls, she is 3 years old.

Millie is a very affectionate, loving dog, she is very playful and has lots of energy. Millie needs lots of exercise to help her to grow strong bones and keep her healthy.

Millie and I have been going out for long walks in our local park and in the local area, she likes to collect sticks on our walks and I enjoy seeing all the different colours of flowers that have been growing during spring.

We have been making the most of the nice weather to get our daily exercise.

 

I hope you are all safe and well, remember to keep in touch through our twitter. We would love to hear from  you all !

Snowy Movers

It was a snowy, wet and cold morning in our garden but this didn’t stop our children from having lots of fun! The children decided to design and build their own “snowy movers” course using our loose parts. The children demonstrated excellent teamwork by collecting parts and discussing where they should put them to build their course. They used the cable reels, tyres and crates and set them out in a straight line to climb up and walk along. The children had lots of fun climbing and walking along their course. They then decided they would like to add in some jumping, so we discussed how we could make the course more challenging. The children had some fantastic ideas and worked together to add additional obstacles such as crates and wooden planks to our course so that they could climb, jump and balance.  Our course was a bit more challenging, but with a little support the children gained confidence and were soon demonstrating excellent climbing, balancing and jumping skills. As it was snowing and very wet, the children identified that we would need to be very careful as it was very “slippy”!

Muddy movers is a program of physical activities designed to develop gross motor skills and emotional resilience. By using various loose parts to design obstacle courses, our children develop their core strength, balance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, confidence, problem solving and teamwork skills. Our children gain a real sense of achievement as well as improving their health and well-being and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Bonjour les amis

Cart Mill has a new friend visiting our centre, Camembear. He is a shy but slightly mischievous bear that has come all the way from France and, along with Val and Helen, he will be teaching the children to speak a little French as well as find out about the French culture. Today we looked at French food and in particular, crêpes! The children welcomed Camembear by saying bonjour to him. We then sang a little song ‘bonjour les amis’ before making our crêpe batter with Camembear’s help. We then lit the fire and Val told Camembear that the was fire très chaud so he had to be careful! Camembear carefully turned a crêpe and we then sat round the fire and ate them with honey. Bon appétit said Camembear! The boys and girls then said au revoir to Camembear but he’ll be back very soon, French will take place in the centre every Monday and Thursday with all staff using some of the words throughout the day so parlez français beaucoup at home too! This week’s words are bonjour and au revoir.

Rainy day fun

Watering the flowers at the mud cafe

 

This afternoon was definitely a day for the ducks but that didn’t stop the children of Cartmill embracing the rainfall.  We donned our puddle suits and wellies and went into our garden to have fun.

Splashing in the puddles

We developed our gross motor skills and used our co-ordination to splash in the puddles. We discussed the size of the splashes we made  “that was a big one”.

Finding objects to jump from

We tried jumping from different heights to see if we could make bigger puddles.

Making “tea” in the mud cafe

We used our imagination and developed our hand-eye co-ordination making “tea” in the mud cafe.

Lots of fun and learning no matter what the weather.

 

Australia Day!

This week the toddlers have been finding out all about Australia. They discussed the animals that live there, what these animals eat and how they move around. The children particularly enjoyed being kangaroos! We got creative by designing our own aboriginal dot paintings. The children used small round sponges and many different colours of paint. The pictures were very effective and created an opportunity to talk about patterns with the children.

The children also enjoyed getting out into the garden and collecting the hail that had fallen. They gathered it into a tray, mixed it with blue paint creating an outdoor home for our penguins! The children enjoyed seeing their footprints in the snow and working out whose was the biggest! We had great fun catching the hail stones as they fell!

30 Days Wild Art

We are continuing to do random acts of wildness everyday in the garden. Today we decided we didn’t want to use our paintbrushes to paint. Instead we decided to use some natural resources found in our garden. First, we found some pine cones and then we took two baby carrots that had started growing in our flower beds as we thought they looked like pens and then we cut some of our willow to make bushy paintbrushes. What random act of wildness could you do this week? #30dayswild

This carrot is just like a pen!

I am painting a flower

We began to water the plants…

It all started because our plants looked thirsty after all the lovely hot sun we have had. Jaweria brought out the hose so the the children could water the plants but the children had other ideas, they wanted to water each other! Luckily everyone was protected in their puddle suits so they could all run in and out of the cooling fountain of water while watching it sparkle in the sun.