A FAB Friday session with my lovely small BUT mighty group – last one of the block before Autumn. WE looked at flowers and grasses of the Brampton Valley Way, made flower fairies (circles & giraffes!), played in bubbles, made homes for woodland animals, relaxed in the den, hide n seek, some balancing, water play and charcoal pencils. 🌿🍃🌿
A fab last session of this block! LOTS of focused, active child led learning. BRILLIANT communication between the children – all seeming to work together with an amazing understanding not actually verbalised! EXPLORING the plants around us, building obstacle courses, dens, playing with bubbles and running through the woods. 🌿🍃🌿
At NATURE NOODLES we usually happily co-exist with Nature at the site – using it as a tool for play & learning. WE are aware of our impact and address this through site maintenance- planting trees and seeds. USUALLY the only damage is caused by the mindless acts of others. NATURE though can be brutal and act out of our hands and Iam sorry to say that the baby Kestrel did not make it. HAVING followed the advice given we removed him from the site last night as he was clearly alone and we felt – whilst survival unlikely – to be here rather than got by a fox would be preferable, even if that was NATURE’s way.
MAYBE we’re all a little weather weary OR maybe it was the excitement of seeing a baby Kestrel today …. SUCH a mellow Monday. Thank you for coming to chat, relax and play in the sunshine. We used hammers and nails, some clay, some obstacle course building, some water pistols, made up games and used some chalk.
I WILL check later but when I left our little dude had hopped on a branch and was trying to have a nap. I have spoken to the rspb & raptor rescue team and will follow their advice.
THERE are lots of fab outdoor party providers out there so I don’t do them often at all WITH today being the third ever party at Nature Noodles. WELL the local wildlife must have known it was a nature lover’s birthday as a Jay, toad and baby Kestrel came to say hello! ALL of the animals were safe and made their way back to where they ought to be BUT it was wonderful to see.
….. we also made fairy houses, potions, wands, flower fairies, ate cake and had a water fight! 🧚♀️❤️🧚♀️
TODAY was all about taking our TIME in the heat and LOOKING around us …. scavenger hunt bags and collections of treasures. Soft, spotty, large, small, red, yellow, curved, bendy, yucky, wet … YOU found them all. Water play with clay and seeing what floats (the boats!), some ROPE courses, hammock and rope swing. FUN in the SUN ☀️
IT’s been a gorgeous few weeks now with lots of sunny fun …. MORE muddy toes at last Fridays session with some tool work too and today den building, clay (bog baby!) and MORE tools with Potterspury Pre-School ….
THIS week there is the usual THURSDAY session (which is full) BUT there are spaces for FRIDAY morning’s session (10-12pm) AND it’s a Woodland Rhymetime week! SESSIONS are in the shade and there is space available for the Friday groups. Come and have some sunny fun!
Wow! Another beautiful sunny session with a large group – fantastic to see you ALL! Lots of learning today: looking after ourselves. Staying hydrated and cool in the shade. Listening and communication: following instruction (!!) – our water pistol tracking game ALWAYS a favourite and ALWAYS degenerates into a full on water fight! WELL, it’s only natural! LOTS to f muddy play – mixing, printing and barefoot walking. SQUELCHY mud between toes! A spot of den building and a rope swing to finish off.
A very sunny session this morning with Potterspury Pre-school and the Home Ed group – using palm drills and hammers, talking about woodland animals, looking at a dead mole, making homes for our soft woodland animals, camouflage hide n seek, playing with mud AND getting to see some MOTHS released, from memory – speckled, cinnabar, swallow tailed and elephant hawk to name a few. BIG thanks to a local couple who brought them down.
SUCH a BEAUTIFUL DAY! FOOD for my SOUL!
A lovely morning playing with sticks, watching a baby sparrow hawk, playing in the hammock, making ivy crowns, a fire and a hobby horse!! FOLLOWED by Katie and Woodland Rhymetime- some music, beautiful craft, singing, wriggly toes in the mud and floaty scarves – children can come too 😊.