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!
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.
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”.
The weather has been cold and wet today but this did not put off our children who were outside at the fire pit. Today they were making Pakora with Jaweira and Val. I think they all enjoyed the preparation of cutting the vegetables, cooking and of course the eating.
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.
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”
Today some children went on a visit to Rouken Glen Park to observe and catch some insects and pond life.
The children had lots of fun with the big nets and even managed to collect some specimens. Later they had a look at some posters to see if they could match their find to the creatures in the pictures. Great fun!!
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!