It’s been a while since our last update. Spring is well and truly here. The community garden is springing into life and we have had some great Friday morning sessions.
The brilliant book ‘Stick Man’ was the inspiration for one session. We read the book, went on a stick hunt, (with a short stop along the way to see how the tadpoles in the pond where doing). Then we made our own stickmen using airdrying clay for the head, small stones for the face, sticks for the body and arms, then we tied some scraps of fabric on as clothes. The results where brillliant and everyone was really proud of the stickaman they had made.
Broad Beans week, looked a bit showery so we put the tent up, no rain came but we all enjoyed the extra dimension to the garden that the tent gave. After our story (Jack in the Bean Stalk!) we made a fabulous tripod for the broad beans to grow up and decorated it with brightly coloured ribbons. We also planted our own broad beans to take home, everyone is looking forward to seeing them shoot up!
And finally, last week was our ‘Mess and Noise’ week. Perfect for outdoor play because no one minds kids getting messy and making lots of noise while they are outside!
First, we read a lovely book about how to go on a’ Listening Walk’ and I was so impressed that everyone listened to the story really carefully. Then we walked around the garden to see what noises we could hear. The children noticed the sounds of traffic, birds tweeting, voices talking, bees buzzing, shoes shushing through long grass. Having listened carefully for quiet sounds we then made our own noisy sound garden by tying various items such as old saucepans, lids, a toy tin teapot and anything else we thought might make a good noise onto a clothes line. Then was gave them a good bashing with sticks to really explore the noises we could make.
After snack time it was messy play time. We had lots of homemade playdough which found it’s way into lots of corners of the garden, we also had gloop to investgate, some shaving cream play and a big box of brilliant rainbow rice!
The community garden is such a lovely spot, shielded as it is by high hedges, it feels like a secret and special place but it’s not that secret that everyone isn’t welcome! So if you’d like to come along to try out ‘Wild Things’ do drop us an e-mail to find out more! firstname.lastname@example.org