Friday, 26 November 2010

Wild Things Week Four ~ nature cocktails

Weather: Frost overnight, cold but sunny morning, snow forecast! 
Date: 26th November 2010 ~ leaves now off the trees, frozen ground
Activity: mixing nature cocktails

After mentioning in last weeks post how a few children started to mention the cold, the lovely people at Muddy Puddles contacted me and offered to supply some gloves for the children to test! Regular readers will know what I think about getting children outside in the right gear and what a fan I am of Muddy Puddles, my children have the bib and braces and sou'wester hat, that I can't recommend enough. 

I believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes and the people at Muddy Puddles are just as enthusiastic as me about getting our kids outside! So much that they kindly gave the reception children an originals mac and water proof trousers, some ribbit wellies and gloves to try, which proved a lifesaver this week as a few children (or rather parents) forgot their gloves and wellies! So without them we wouldn't have been able to take the whole class out this week! As you can see in the picture above, the wellies, mac and trousers were modeled by a very delighted four year old, who just loved the wellies! 

Even better the lovely people at Muddy Puddles have extended their kindness to you too, and are offering readers of this blog FREE standard delivery and returns on all orders, by using the code EMMAB at the checkout! They do much more than just waterproofs, find thermals, ski wear and casual clothes too, take a look, with snow forecast here, I am tempted to invest in the thermals for the boys. 

This week was my last outdoor session before Christmas with the reception class, so we decided to celebrate with a cocktail party! This is something I learnt from an earth education course years ago. Each child is given a cup, then they have to find some ingredients such as leaves, soil, moss, bark, sticks and berries and mash them all together with a stick. Then the leader slowly adds a little drop of water to each of the cups, with each child then encouraged to stir the mixture, and take a sniff before thinking of a name for their cocktail, such as 'soil swizzler', 'leafy legbanger' and 'smelly earth slammer.' 

Then to finish off the cocktail making session, we all stood in a circle and shouted "cheers" and instead of drinking our cocktails threw them onto the floor! The beauty of this activity is the simple process and making the activity fun. 

*Wild Things is part of a series of blog posts documenting my involvement in outdoor education activities with the reception class of my son's school. The aim is to encourage children to discover the natural world through simple activities and play. I hope by sharing these activities here on my blog, others may be inspired to try some of the activities at home or even, like me, approach their local school to help out.

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