Tiny Acorns Goes Wild!

Welcome back folks. Sorry it’s been so long. I’ve been super busy with a new baby, planning, supply teaching and (more importantly after all that) sleeping.

I tell you what, this current block of Tiny Acorns has gone off! Our numbers have gone through the roof so much that I’ve actually had to turn people away and start booking up the next block. It’s absolutely mental, I tell you.

It is fantastic, though. The kids absolutely love it and, with the extended timing, we’ve got so much more scope to explore and get involved in more in depth activities.

What have we done so far?

We’ve explored the dark and wild places!

 

We built fairy houses

We painted sham-rocks for our Saint Patrick’s day special

We’ve made magic wands

And, of course, we’ve had banana cake and milk to keep us going.

 But even better than all that, we’ve a new piece of kit that joins us on all our sessions. Say hello to the portable fire pit.

With this we can toast marshmallows, make popcorn and even rustle up a nice cup of hot chocolate (some day soon)

It doesn’t taste too bad either.

If you’d like to get on to our next run of Tiny Acorns, why not drop us a message? The next six week block will begin on April 29th and will cost £36 per child.

Hurry, though, spaces are filling up fast.

(If there is enough interest, I will start a second group on another day of the week.)

Super-duper bird feeders

We had greatly reduced numbers this week, due to some illness and other unavoidable circumstances, but we didn’t let that stop us.

We had an absolutely fab time making really simple, yet effective, feeders to help our little feathered friends get through the rest of this winter.

Step 1:

Gather some sticks about the length of an adult hand.

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Step 2:

Add bird seed, grated cheese and, lard or baking fat to a bowl.

Step 3: Get your hands right in there and mash it all up.

Step 4: Take a handful and mash it on to the end of a stick. Repeat until you have a big blob.

Step 5: Use a larks-head knot to tie a piece of string to the stick and close the loop with a simple over-hand knot.

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Step 6: Find somewhere to hang your super-duper bird feeder.

Step 7: Congratulate yourself with a story, cake, and a cup of milk.

Remember, although it looks like a delicious lolly (and you’ll come to no harm from eating it), the mix is meant for birds.

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And there we have it. We have two weeks left of this block and the next block, starting on March 11th, is filling up fast. If you’d like to get your young’un involved, why not drop us a message  and we’ll get you signed up.

Until next time…

Tigers and Dragonflies

We had another superb Tiny Acorns session this week. It was only the third week with this group and I can already see a marked difference in the group as a whole. The children are growing together as a group. They are working together, swiftly becoming good friends who care for and consider each other. They are also growing in confidence every week, each becoming more willing and able to explore and experiment with our woodland area.

Interestingly, this gelling and confidence seems to bubble over and affect anyone who comes along to the group for their first time. It’s as if it’s infectious.

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This week’s book was There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart. It’s a beautiful story about using our imagination to explore the world around us, no matter how mundane we may think that environment may be, and is a firm favourite in our household.

The children then collected leaves of lots of different shapes and sizes to use for rubbings with lots of different coloured chalks. The results were beautiful and, after tearing around these, we tied them onto sticks with coloured yarn to make dragonflies the size of birds.

Chalk rubbings

Chalk rubbings.

It was a lovely task that was enjoyed by children and adults alike.

If you have a toddler, or know a toddler that would love to come along to Tiny Acorns, we still have a few spaces left on the scheme so, why not drop us a message and get signed up.