Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Children's Book Challenge.

This week we set ourselves a challenge, to depict popular children's books in play dough for the rest of the group to guess. How many of these books have you read?

1. He keeps his marmalade sandwiches under his hat.

2. He entertains the children with his balancing tricks, but the fish is not impressed.

3. Eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and eggs for dinner.

4. He tickled the teacher, he tickled the policeman

5. On Monday he ate through one apple, on Tuesday he ate through two pears.

6. In his stripy shirt he travels to all sorts of places, but can you find him.

How many did you get.
1. Paddington
2. The cat in the Hat
3. Mr Strong
4. Mr Tickle
5. The very hungry caterpillar
6. Where's Wally

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Apples Apples Apples

An autumnal favorite, the apple.  There are so many different varieties to try, so this evening we did just that and tasted a few of them. Rating them on colour, smell, texture and taste and trying to describe each one. Here are just a few of the words used to describe the different apples.

You can see some of the other things we did with out apples over on Facebook

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Tesco, Bags of Help

Our project has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! Vote for us to win the top prize in store!

Help us to buy tents and camping equipment so that more children can join our camps, experience the outdoors and enjoy working and playing together.

Voting Begins on 1st November.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Stokes Rocks

Lots of local families are having great fund hiding painted rocks around the area. The idea is that if you find a rock you can either keep it, or re hide it ready to bring a smile to someone else's day. There's a Facebook group so you can upload pictures of the rocks you've found, and perhaps track the progress of those you've hidden.


So we thought that for our last week of term we'd head out on a bit of a rock hunt. Of course we needed to have our own rocks ready to hide.

Even our logo made it onto a rock

Then we set off on a torchlit hunt round the local park and surrounding area, here are just a few of the rocks we found. All have now been hidden again for the game to continue.

 And a few of ours ready to hide
I wonder where they will go next.

Busy busy Autumn

 Our autumn term has been a very busy one, it's always fun to catch up with everyone again and see what people got up to over the long summer break. Although as so many of us were at summer camp there was a little less to catch up on this year.

We had a few warm evening where we could still play outdoors, and make the most of the autumn harvest with a few games of conkers.

September was also our picnic in the park with groups from across Bristol, and afternoon of games and fun. The younger children very much enjoyed hunting for all the bears around the the trees.

Our membership badges arrived just before the summer, so we've all been sewing some badge hangers to display them. Some people used buttons to add extra bling. We also tried our hands at some rope making, it's a tricky one to get the hang of, but one we can perhaps practice again another time. 

In so many cultures this time of year there are festivals celebrated with light, we opted for some colorful lanterns to brighten up the dark evenings.

Leader Training, welcoming our young leaders

We've been lucky enough in Bristol to be able to access some funding from the Alpkit foundation, for bushcraft training for our leaders. It's always a popular activity at camps and groups, so it's great to be able to get some more leaders ready to run things.

It's great that our young leader have been able to take part in the training too, many of them have enjoyed these activities as younger children and are keen to learn more about running them safely.

The first of our training sessions was in early September, over a rather damp weekend, giving us all a certain motivation to make sure our shelters really were waterproof!

Practising knots

Fire lighting was quite challenging with the wet weather, but everyone boiled their water in the end.
and of course cooking over the fire

Saturday, 26 August 2017

New Term

Our sessions will restart on Sept 13th, please get in touch if you are interested in joining.  We have places available for children aged 6 - 11.


£10 for a 5 week trial. Our usual cost is £40 per 12 week term (i.e 3 times a year).

Friday, 18 August 2017

Moths and Molehills, summer camp 2017

Around 50 people from groups across Bristol joined for a week of camping in Wales.

Our site had many molehills, the combination of loose soil and the frequent rain showers delighted our youngest children who had great fun in the mud. There was plenty to keep the bigger ones busy too, we made kites, tie dyed t shirts, made some fantastic mirrors decorated with bits and pieces found on our walks and as always at camp the bushcraft area was popular with lots of children whittling green wood to make toasting forks and butter spreaders as well as having a go at lighting their very own campfires.

The fire was also a focus for cooking and eating together, there's nothing quite like a campfire potato. Yummy!

On Monday afternoon the whole camp joined together for a fast paced game, based around two unhappy tribes of shellfish who had to join together and defeat the sharks, assisted by our very own Poseidon.

The evenings we packed too, as well as our usual campfires we were joined by a local moth expert. He brought along several moth traps, don't worry, the moths were not hurt, just attracted by the light so we could see them.
It was amazing to see just how many different species we were sharing the space with. We were also treated to an aerial display by the local bats several times, and a few of us stayed up hoping to spot a few meteors.

Being close to the beach we were able to head off site and explore the coast too, whether that was building sandcastles, finding caves in the cliffs or body boarding.

It was great to see our young leaders in action too, many of whom have come all the way through the group having joined when we first began in Bradley Stoke. Each camp we divide into "clans" who take it in turns to make sure all the daily chores are done. Each clan was lead by two of of young leaders, who worked hard to make sure that everyone was included and all the work was done. They also excelled themselves running games, crafts and even reading bedtime stories to the youngest campers.

Summer evenings

There is nothing like a warm summer evening for playing games and exploring outdoors.  Our final term of the school year is always a busy one for games whether it's Frisbee, rounders or hide n seek. That's not to say we don't find time for some other things too.

Giant bubble blowers were fun

Indoors we had fun playing games, this one took a lot of skill to keep everything balanced.

We were also getting ready for the summer camp, making our own personalised groundsheets to sit one.

Summer is also the time when we get out and about running events at the local festivals, this year we were in both Bradley Stoke and Patchway. The wooden badge making proved quite popular, with a number of children remembering us from the previous year.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Fun in the park

Earlier in the term we made seed bombs, as the weather is now warm enough and the evenings light enough we set out to the park to plant our wildflowers. It was great fun and we hope to be back soon to see how things are growing.

There was also time for a few games on the field.

Do you make things out of wood?

Our name refers to the skill of living close to nature, in the open air - we don't make a habit of hugging trees though occasionally we have been known to craft things out of wood.

Tonight was one of those occasions, the children concentrated really hard on using the tools safely and carved some beautiful spreaders.

April Fool

Shh, we were getting ready for some practical jokes for 1st April.

The tricky part was mixing paint to get the right colour for the drink, pink for a strawberry milkshake, orange for a cup of juice or adding perhaps try adding a few coffee granules. When it dries it looks like spilled coke, it even has bubbles.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Buzz Buzz Buzz

There are lots of signs of spring, new shoots, buds, and blossom are popping up and it won't be long before we start to see bees buzzing around.

Did you know there are over 260 different species of bee that live in the UK. We had a go at making our own bees.

All these bees have a very important job, while they are flying from flower to flower to collect nectar they also carry pollen with them. Without the bees pollinating the crops nearly 3/4 of our fruits and vegetables wouldn't grow.

So we'd like to help the bees, by planting an area of wildflowers for them. We've used a mixture of compost, clay and wild flower seeds to make some seed bombs. It was a fun and rather messy job mixing everything together and rolling it into balls. They need a bit of time to dry out now before they are ready for planting, but in a couple of weeks we'll be able to sow them ready to grow.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

But there were sharks

The shark song is probably a favorite of the group, and what better way to celebrate a favorite song than to use it as as inspiration for our makes.

The CDs made a nice base for some shiny fish scales, and clothes peg sharks who can really gnash those big teeth were fun to make and play with.