Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bugs Club - Forest School and Nature Exploration

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What: Bugs Club is part Forest School part nature exploration session, held in Westow Park, as part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. We meet monthly to explore our local park and allotment garden, climb trees, build dens enjoy storytime under the leaves and learn about nature. Sessions are designed for whole family participation, to get kids excited about nature, growing their own food and treading lightly on the earth. The aim of each session is to send kids home with grubby fingernails and rosy cheeks, with a healthy dose of fresh air and the old-fashioned kind of fun grown-ups tend to reminisce about. If you want to learn more about the forest school ethos and the benefits of this kind of play check out this site or this one.

Who: Bugs Club is aimed at kids 3-8 years, but older and younger siblings are always welcome. Kids who like to climb trees, roll down hills, blow dandelionshide in dens, plant seeds, spot birds and investigate under rocks will love the sessions. We have a few rules for safety, but other than that sessions are informally structured and take lead from the kids and the weather (please dress appropriately, wellies are often a good fashion choice!)

Where: MAY SESSION ONLY - find us in Stambourne Woodlands SE19. We'll meet at the entrance on Church Road opposite The Queens Hotel at 11am.

When: 11am third Saturday of every month until September (18th April, 16th May, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 19th September). We play rain or shine, no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

Price: Sessions are £3 per child / £5 per family. Price includes a small snack and juice at the end of the session.

No need to book, just show up and look for the group of kids wielding binoculars/trowels/magnifying glasses. 

A little about me: I am a trained early years worker, previously working as a teaching assistant and a childminder. You can usually find me chalking on the pavement, taking photos of trees or in the middle of a giant game of hide and seek.   I have an enhanced DBS clearance and Paediatric First Aid Certificate. 

Creative Kids Art Lab

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“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” 
– Picasso

Creative Kids is an art lab with a difference, 
for kids aged 4-8 years old. 

In a nutshell, we'll be exploring painting, drawing, writing and photography technique. But under the surface, kids will have a chance to actively engage with materials, explore and express themselves through a variety of techniques and create genuine pieces of art.

It’s designed for kids who love to be busy. To paint and make and sometimes destroy. Who have big emotions. Creative ambitions. It's for parents and carers who might question their own creativity when setting up activities,  possibly shuddering at the prospect of filling the school holidays or want a space to create with and alongside their children. 

By the end of each lab the kids will have learned a little about technique, explored some famous art-works for inspiration and have their own creative interpretation to take home. By the end of the session kids will have confidence and inspiration in their own creativity, traits that often need a little nudge, but that will serve children throughout their lives. 

About the lab: Each class will be loosely based around a theme/ technique, e.g. Journalling, Painting, Self-Portrait, Story-Telling. Each child will create at their own pace with a focus on encouragement rather than instruction - at the end of each class we aim for the kids to bring home at least one piece they are proud of (most will bring home a carrier bag full of pieces!)

Where: Classes will be held in Antenna Cafe at Antenna Studios, Crystal Palace, SE19 3AN
When:  1pm Tuesday 31st March and Tuesday 7th April.

All children will need to be accompanied by adult, in fact I'd encourage adults to do their own exploration alongside, but feel free to sit back with a coffee and watch the magic happen. 

Price: Individual Class - £5 per session

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Payment can be made via Paypal using the buttons above or in person on the door. 

How to Book: If you pay via Paypal, I will e-mail confirmation of the booking. Otherwise, please e-mail me here to book. 

A little about me: I am a trained early years worker, previously working as a teaching assistant and a childminder. I hold an MA in creative arts and am currently publishing a children's book, but more importantly I make art every day and I never run out of inspiration. I have an enhanced DBS clearance and Paediatric First Aid Certificate. 

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