Children’s Open Events: January to June 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.










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