Country Music

A new date for the diary 🙂 11th June, 10am -12 – A Relaxed Family Concert with two pro local musicians playing the violin & cello in the country music theme out in the garden. Combining music, movement & art. Age: 4yrs +

To book please email Arabella at thelittleexplorersactivityclub@yahoo.com

ART IN THE GARDEN WORKSHOPS

Our Art In The Garden Workshops are an exciting mix of different forms of outdoor expressive art. It’s time for your little ones to explore, be creative and for you to enjoy this with them as a family and meet other local families. We will be running a series of workshops throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn.

All the equipment is provided, clay and tools, paints, paper, items found in nature along with worksheets and books to help guide you all to show you different modeling and art techniques. 

Our team of helpers will combine their knowledge of the arts in painting, photography, video, sculpture, illustration and design to inspire and encourage.

This isn’t a structured class but a fun sensory, expressive experience and the clay is air-dried so you can take your creations home if you like or paint them the following day.  There is no pressure to produce a fine work of art, this can literally be a fun squidging, sensory, glorious mess!

Painting, Photography, Illustration, Drawing, Clay modeling, Music and Nature Art.

£5 per child

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.  

Dates:

7th May 10am -12

28th May 10am -12

To book please email Arabella at thelittleexplorersactivityclub@yahoo.com

The Art In The Garden Workshops are funded by the West Northamptonshire Council Community Grant

We will have infection control procedures in place.

  • If you, your child or anyone from your household is feeling unwell re-organise to come to a workshop at a later date with us.
  • We are asking everyone to park on the road outside the property, ring the bell on the gate and a member of staff will open the gate.  
  • There is hand sanitiser mounted on the wall by the gate entrance so use that when you come in and before leaving.
  • We will ensure surfaces such as gate locks, handles or commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned regularly with disinfectants along with any of the tools, brushes or art materials that you will use.

Weʼre raising £800 to pay for our insurance so we can re-start our animal therapy and therapeutic pony rides supporting children on the autism spectrum.

To help us Donate here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thelittleexplorersactivityclubcic

We have created a stress-free, non-judgmental environment at The Little Explorers Activity Club for families with autism and other special needs to enjoy with our ponies offering animal-assisted therapy and therapeutic pony rides and activities for all abilities.

Mainly working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families but also families with anxiety and depression.

Our Outcomes:

Improved confidence, communication, self-esteem, skills & personal development. A sense of community and relief from isolation.

We believe in tailoring each session to individual needs and empowering the parent’s knowledge and skills to be able to use our approach at home even without the ponies. We have developed a free PDF downloadable 30 page guide for the families to follow.

Over the winter we have had our sessions paused due to the virus, we are raising some re-start money to fund our insurance to open again in the spring once this current Omicron wave is over.

Spending time with ponies is proven to reduce anxiety, aid communication with kids on the autism spectrum, ADD, ADHD and reduce depression. It has been seen to lower blood pressure, help concentration, calm anxiety and build confidence. It has been clinically documented that just being around horses and ponies changes human brainwave patterns, we calm down and become more centered and focused when we are with them.

Fundraising

We are trying to raise money for the animal’s feed and bedding for 2020 and we have a target of £3500.  So far we have raised £610.

It’s not always easy to ask for donations these days, so we’ve started using easyfundraising, a really clever website that turns your online purchases into free donations for us, at no extra cost to you.

It means you can help us reach our target – simply shop with any of over 4,000 online retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden, and M&S, and when you make a purchase, the retailer will send us a free donation. It’s as simple as that!

Please visit our new easyfundraising page at

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/litlexpactclbcicmh/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=email&utm_content=en-e3 and click ‘support us’ – we really do need your support.

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Or if you would like to Donate money to the club without shopping here is the link

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/animalassistedtherapy

Donate

Thank you!

The Stable Club

Exciting News, our ‘Stable Club’ will be starting on Tuesday 28th May. 4pm till 5.30. £25 per child per session (booked in blocks of 4 and in advance)

All abilities welcome, 6 yrs +

This 4 week course at the Stable Club will help them to learn all about taking care of a pony through fun games & interactive learning. We want to encourage friendships, learning together, communication, sharing & teamwork in a fun, safe environment.

Here are some details about what will happen each week. Email Arabella at thelittleexplorersactivityclub@yahoo.com to book.

28th May
Stable, Bedding, Feed, Water, Grooming
Activity – Create your own stable in a box
Free play and other animals

4th June
Tack (Learn the different parts)
Tacking up the Pony
Activity – Cleaning Tack
Free play and other animals

18th June
Parts of the Ponies body
Activities & Games
Free play and other animals

25th June
Learning to safely lead a pony, backing up, turning
Getting on and off safely
Pony rides in the field & picnic

 

School day in the Forest with the Elves

Yesterday we had our forest session for ‘The Heart’ programme at Kings Heath Primary Academy.  The children were amazing and got to enjoy learning lots of new skills.
Activities such as den building and crafting woodland animals from cutting their own fruit, were all designed to support the children in developing their knowledge of shapes and allowed them to experiment with 3D shape construction. Activities also allowed us to improve fine and gross motor skills, whilst building upon self esteem. There were some magical examples of improvisation, imagination and team work.
So much fun and mischief was had.

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Thankyou Sonia Sofia & Leanne Brown for all the fun x

Welcome to Sherwood

On the 10th we hosted “The Heart” classroom from Kings Heath Primary Academy. Everyone was curious to explore all the different activities that Robin Hood and his woodland friends set up for them in Sherwood Forest.

 

 

 

Build Your Own Bow & Arrow – how to use tools (saw, etc.) develop coordination, critical thinking and confidence.

Archery – Each child had the chance to do archery with a real bow and arrow. An archer at hand to guide them through the main steps and tricks to ensure success. The main aim was to hit the balloons filled with water. Inside each balloon there was treasure: real money. This was an excellent activity for them to practice taking turns and following the rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop – With the money they found in the balloons the children could buy different ingredients ( flour, milk, banana, etc.) in order to bake their snacks on the fire. A teacher was the shopkeeper and help the students to do additions and subtractions, working out the price they had to pay as well as the change they had to get from her.

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Bread or Banana Split

 

 

 

 

Mixing the ingredients to make a bread dough or cutting the banana and spread the chocolate in the middle were all activities which help their fine motor skills and coordination. Following the recipe was also a brilliant way to introduce some reading too. Most of the children ended up teaming together, reaching the goal by combining their strengths which helped with team work and bonds between them. It was wonderful to watch them working together, sitting around the fire and talking while waiting their food to be cooked.

 

 

 

 

Thankyou Sonia Sofia, Aaron Vackieo, Leanne Brown & Raheem Scott – Coach, Leicester Archery Academy for a great morning of Archery & Cooking. All the children from the “The Heart” Program at Kings Heath Primary Academy, Northampton loved it.

Tens & Units

Learning about tens and units

  • Let’s find the brachiosaurus and the iguanodon!

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Goal: learning about the concept and the meaning of tens and units

During the game:

We were looking for the brachiosaurus. We had to follow the clues along the path that would lead us to the brachiosaurus.

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The first clue was a group of ten brachiosaurus made out of paper that we found along the path. This represented one ten of brachiosaurus. We knew then which way we had to go by following the right directional sign.

We followed the right path and arrived to another clue which was one brachiosaurus made out of paper, which represented one unit.

By following again the right directional sign we finally arrived to a sign “how many brachiosaurus did you find? “, where we could find out how many brachiosaurus we have found.

Eddie knew how many brachiosaurus we had found, that one ten plus one unit makes 11 brachiosaurus.

Then we found the brachiosaurus (toy) by looking behind the right piece of paper with the matching number.

After that it was onto the iguanodon by following the same process. The clues were this time 2 tens of iguanodons and then 4 units of iguanodons.

After finding the tens of brachiosaurus, Eddie noticed that he found two series of ten, and then 4 units. He was really active in the process, and then he finally figured out that we have found 24 iguanodons, so he could eventually look for the iguanodon behind the right piece of paper.

 

  • In which world should I go?

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Goal: learning the nomenclature of tens and units

During the game:

We found several animals toys, each one had a label with a different number on it.

Different signs around the animals were indicating different world where we had to bring each animal according to their number.  Each world was represented by a tree branch indicated by a sign “one tens world”, …, “five tens world”. In each world there were different parts which represented different numbers of units “1 unit”, “ 2 units”,…

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We had to place each animal on the right part of the branch depending on the number written on their label, so we had to figure out how many tens and how many units each number represented.

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Thankyou Laurence for this wonderful educational game that used Eddies own interests in dinosaurs to encourage him to learn all about Tens and Units, something we had heard from his mother that he had been struggling with at school  x

History of Life

It’s been a morning of fun, learning through a timeline & helping a Woolly Mammoth find his way back. Thankyou Laurence for this ingenious game about the History of Life, a perfect mix of education, using the child’s own interests and movement. Of course we can’t forget the help from their trusty sidekick therapy cat Thula

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