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A special Delivery

A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.

What could be inside?

The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!

WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?

Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?

1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.

They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.

Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.

So tiny

The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.

Science Fun

Today in the Science Area, the children were asking about experiments and thinking about what would happen if they mix different substances. They talked about what kinds of things they could create.

They decided that they would like to make some slime. They researched that they would need to make this.

They needed:

PVA Glue
Contact Lens Solution
Shaving Foam
Food Colouring

First the poured some glue into a bowl.

Its all gloopy!

They added some shaving foam, then the food colouring. They decided to used blue and yellow.

I like blue.

They gave their concoction a good mix then added the contact lens solution. The mixture became very sticky.

Oh, it’s lovely and soft. It smells so nice.

They enjoyed mixing it with their hands. Encouraging the children to use their hands promote a sensory experience.

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!

Sensory Fun 🙂

In the nursery today the children explored and developed their fine motor skills and science through colour mixing.


We were mixing colours and mark making using our fingers. ‘ It feels squishy’  ‘ I made brown by mixing red and yellow’

Making clouds of soap for bath time.

We talked about changing matter and used lots of descriptive language.


‘I like how it feels’  ‘It feels soft’ ‘It’s a bit slimy’

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?

 

 

Mark making with Ice paints

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The children in the nursery have been busy exploring ways to mark make using a variety of media and techniques.

We decided to make our own ice paints.

We took turns to fill an ice cube tray with water.

Adding a small drop of food colouring or paint.

We found some lollipop sticks and added them to the tray.

Carefully we took the ice cube tray to the freezer and left them overnight to freeze.

The next day the coloured water had changed to ice!

We popped the ice paints out the tray with a little help from the ladies.

All the children enjoyed making marks on our paper using the ice paints.

 

“I have made zig zags in green”

“I’m drawing me”

”it’s an orange circle”

 

The children continued to enjoy developing their mark making skills outdoors……

In a beautiful blank canvas of snow.

 

 

 

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.

 

Volcano Fun

The children were busy this week in the garden being scientists. They decided that they wanted to make a volcano! So we got our thinking caps on and thought of all the ingredients we would need. The children worked as a team and used their problem solving skills throughout the experiment. First we poured in the baking soda then food colouring and last but not least the vinegar, which was the children’s favourite part as it was eruption time!

Science experiments for children have huge benefits.  It ignites their natural curiosity, develops problem solving skills and introduces new language through discussion.