Children’s Open Events: January to October 2018

For children aged 0-8 and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome.

The Hornbeam Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road, Chingford, E4 7HR

 

Winter’s Charms

Winter can seem a dark, depressing time but look closer and you realise it is full of interest and appeal. The distraction of leaves and flowers is partly gone so that you can discover the pure bones of nature – the stones, the pebbles, the contour of twigs and branches, the striations of bark and so much more. You can also enjoy the raw sensations of wind and rain so long as you are wrapped up warm and take appropriate precautions if there is treacherous weather.

Over the February half-term, we are going to celebrate this through three sessions:

12 Feb:     10-12pm  The beauty of pebbles

14 Feb:     2-4pm       The beauty of bark

16 Feb:     2-4pm       The beauty of wind

During the sessions, you will go on scavenger hunts, observing and exploring. You can then join us indoors to capture the beauty of what you have found through rubbings, painting and printing. For our Friday session, you will have the chance to make mobiles and wind chimes and your own weather vane.

Sessions cost £2.00 per child aged 2 and above. There is no charge for younger children. We also welcome donations.

 

Spring Greetings

13 April:    2-4pm:    Birds of a Feather

To mark Spring, we will run a session about the birds local to you. What birds are you likely to find? How can you identify them from the way they look and the sounds they make? What can you do to support them? You will be able to prepare bird-feed and make your own fantastic bird with bits and pieces you find in nature and additional arts and crafts materials.

The session costs £2.00 per child aged 2 and above. There is no charge for younger children. We also welcome donations.

 

 

Lost Words

“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – fading away like water on stone. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker – gone! Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren… all of them gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories…”

So opens Lost Words, an evocative book by Robert Macfarlane with magical illustrations by Jackie Norris, which seeks to capture the beauty of the ordinary in nature that children are at risk of losing sight of.

Over the summer half-term, we are going to capture some of the magic through three sessions:

28 May:     10-12pm   Start your own nature scrap-book

30 May:     2-4pm       Illuminate your own lost word pages

1 June:       2-4pm        Willow, fern, ivy….

During the sessions, you will  embark on a Lost Word nature trail and scavenger hunt, observing and exploring. You will then begin to create your own world of lost words from nature through a range of arts and crafts activities including collage, drawing, painting, printing…

Sessions cost £2.00 per child aged 2 and above. There is no charge for younger children. We also welcome donations.

 

 

Big Draw – Play – October half-term

Nature and Play

We are delighted to join in the annual Big Draw Campaign which is on the theme of play this year. It is “all about letting loose, embracing happy accidents, discovery, experimentation and most importantly having fun …!”  www.bigdraw.org  

Over the October half-term, we are going to celebrate this through two sessions:

24 Oct:     1.30-3.30

Create your own imaginary birds, animals and monsters from the natural objects you find on a walk round the reserve and adjacent park…

25 Oct:     1.30-3.30   

Enjoy, explore and create your own explosions of autumn colour to light up your days as the darker, colder weather sets in….

Sessions cost £2.00 per child aged 2 and above. There is no charge for younger children. We also welcome donations.

 

 

Celebration Day: July 31st 2018

For children aged 0-8 and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome.

The View, Ranger’s Road,  Chingford, E4 7QH

             We are delighted to be running a Celebration Day for Walk the Loop on July 31st from 11am to 4pm.

You will be able to walk, stop, stare, find, discover, enjoy the moment and so much more through a nature trail and scavenger hunt as well as science, arts and crafts activities  Light refreshments will be on offer (and you can bring your own picnic).

There will  be a range of stalls with tips, advice and resources for enjoying nature and the outdoors with family and young children at any time of year.

We will also let you know more about the London Loop, a pathway that goes right round London, taking you to many sites of beauty and special interest. It crosses boundaries between city and countryside and between diverse communities. 

There is parking available and changing facilities.  

Whatever the weather, there will be plenty to enjoy and do. Just make sure you bring the appropriate protection, clothing and footwear!

Cost: £2.00 per child  (free for children under two and parent-carers). We also welcome donations. You do not need to book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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