NEXT WEEK Workshops at the farm!! 🛠️🔧📏🪚🔨🔥💪🏿💪🏼💪🏾💪🏽💚🌱
The farm is reopening so we're opening up some days of making, freestyle hammering + drilling, play and fire cooking! 10 - 1.30pm. Drop off. Ages 6+
£15 per day. Contact for concession.
Email for booking details, see below
TUESDAY 13 + WEDNESDAY 14 April
(some of) @tyrefurniture bringing their skills for kids to build furniture out of recycled tyres 🏍️💘⚡
+ having fun making seed bombs @overgroweast
+ experimenting with making things out of wood
🔥Fire 🔥 every day but WEDNESDAY the lovely Flo will be prepping + cooking veggie gyoza with kids.
THURSDAY 15 April we'll continue making with tools, plus games and planting
we have a group from a specialist adventure playground joining on Tues + Thurs but still a few spaces left, mostly on Wednesday
PLEASE EMAIL FOR BOOKING DETAILS email@example.com
Apologies to younger children, with Covid restrictions we can't have too many adults on site!
Thanks to @londonducklings for brilliant rooster pic! ❤️🐓📷
#hackneykids #outdoorcrafts #outdooradventures #hackneycityfarm #outdoorplay #kidswithtools #firecooking #riskyplay #greenkids #plantingwithkids #upcycling #toolsrule
Magical world of @phytologyuk Bethnal Green Nature Reserve 💚🌱💚🌱💚
Yesterday saw the return of the forest guardians to explore, share stories of fox cubs, treasure hut (www.OfLostandFound.org) and tree lore..
Kids watered the magical Medicine garden (@mobileapothecary @hedgeherbs), measured the ponds looking for signs of newts, toads or frogs, checked on + watered the silver birch planted in November, played games blind folded 😯, gently cleared Sycamore seedlings and planted for new homes, made maps of their discoveries 🚩👀🧐 . . . . .
The beautiful compost toilet got most votes in talking about our favourite favourite parts of the site! 💚 @compost_mentis_coop ❤️
Expert dampers cooking ended a fantastic day 🔥🔥🌱🌱
Thanks Ingrid + @saji73 Shilpi and everyone
Supporting exciting project from @londongreenwood ⚒️📏🪚
& @womenaftergreatness ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏼
Reposted from Women After Greatness ❤️:
Now more than ever, it's so important that we go outdoors😎🌻, free our minds🧠 and take a moment to reflect on nature🌳!
We are excited to announce a new project🆕 we have been working on! Our #SHEBUILDS Bushcrafting🪓🎋! In partnership with @londongreenwood
This is a project for young women to grow📈 in confidence, build healthy relationships whilst learning bushcraft skills.
Join a community of young women who will be ‘taking up space’ in the great outdoors🌷.
We will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in group camping style workshops and experiences. Oh and we will provide refreshments🥝🥐🥤...we have you covered!
Bushcrafting is not only for men💯 you know!!
❓Who: Young women under 25!
🗓️When: There will be x 2 separate groups a week
Group 1 : Tuesday & Group 2: Thursday 4.30pm - 6.30pm
📍Where: Hackney Farm 1 Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
This is a new and exciting project that we are passionate, we want to give young women the space to take up space, learn new skills, be themselves, make new friends and improve confidence💗
If this sounds🎧 right up your street or if you want to try something new then register your interest via the 🖇️in bio.
Cardboard ninjas at home been making fidget spinners with cardboard, glue + pennies, simple easy instructions with info on Centrifugal Forces and Angular Momentum/ Friction... on ❤️ @redtedart https://www.redtedart.com/easy-fidget-spinner-diy-free-template/
“Three hares sharing three ears, yet every one of them has two” ?
Ancient German riddle
Chocolate bunnies abound today and it's also been fun finding out about their more ancient roots..Ostara - Spring Goddess who rescued a sparrow, transforming it into a magical Spring time (Oestre) hare that laid magical eggs!
Then this 3 hares symbol 🐇🐰🐇 ... earliest found to be in Chinese Buddhist temples but found across the silk trade route through Turkmenistan, Syria, Iran, Egypt... and Devon tin mines! Lots of ongoing research about its meaning/ prevalence
Bunnies or hares, historically, are linked to fertility, the moon cycle and feminity.
The hare "of legend" is in constant danger, but she is also proud, wicked and inventive, leaving a trace of magic in every pawprint.
Brown hares are considered newcomers to the British Isles, thought to have been imported from mainland Europe in the Iron Age to provide sport for hunters and food. It is their upland cousin, the mountain hare, that’s a true British native, although most British folklore relates to the brown hare..
#hitchhickers #cleavers #clivers #bedstraw #goosegrass #catchweed #stickyweed #stickybob #stickybud #stickyback #robin-run-the-hedge #stickywilly #stickywillow #stickyjack #stickeljack #gripgrass #stickygrass #bobby buttons #whippysticks #velcroplant
With the clocks moving forward and the passing of the recent full moon, life can feel a bit hectic. On this magic Monday we’re looking at cleavers 🌱 and some drinkable potions (teas, waters and smoothies) using them to give our lymphatic systems a bit of a boost, rid our bodies of toxins and put a spring in your step 💚💚💚
Cleavers are just now exploding into life, found growing almost everywhere - woodland, parks, canalside - with little stalked white flowers, shaped like stars. One of their most noticeable characteristics are the hundreds of tiny white hairs or hooks that allow the plant to stick to anything. A great prank to stick to your mates. This plant is a power pact, vibrant climber and frequently used in herbal medicine to help support the lymphatic system.
Cleavers is best when used fresh. The most popular way to prepare cleavers is by making it into a fresh juice (succus). You can do this with a juicer, or mash it up and squeeze the juice from it, or put it in a blender with just a bit of water. Keep in mind it takes a lot of cleavers to get lots of juice, but forage wisely! Always pick or cut the tops from a much bigger patch (1 in every 20)
You can also make it into a tea. Simply take a handful and infuse with hot water.
Alternatively for a refreshing and lymph-cleansing start to the day make a cold infusion - pick a handful, wash, bash the leaves up to get the juices going, slice half a lemon thinly, cover the whole lot with cold water (around a pint) and leave in the fridge overnight.
#outdoorlearning #kidsactivities #freeforestschool #forestschool #lockdownoutdoors #kidscrafts #backyardnature #herbalremedies #homemadeherbal #herbs
In celebration of Mud & the "Worm" full Moon tonight.
Big bug love to the little creatures coming back into action that break down, oxygenate and enrich the earth for us 🪱🤎💚
Kids in the Friday group have been going deep, in creating their mud bug zoo with bridges, millipede runs, wood lice cemetery 😧, snail pedestal, tunnel... levering huge wood rounds to see the life teeming underneath.
The benefits of mud are many-fold for children, it's sensory texture, encouraging play that is open ended, malleable, sociable, creative; but physically too it builds up the immune system, offering good bacteria that can positively affect levels of serotonin -scientists say regular exposure to the bacteria can help reduce a child’s vulnerability to depression!
All you need is a bottle of water and a stick or a container near a canal or river, and you can create your own amazing world 🐛💧🐌🌱🪱🐞
#outdoorplayground #wormmoon #outdoorkids #mudlove #outdoorlearningenvironment #naturalplay #homeedoutdoors
🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌 discovering more about snails coming out of their hibernation for the #exploringnaturewithchildrencurriculum and it's become fascinating ! We moved on to looking at spirals recurring in nature, from shells to fossils, ferns, millipedes to clever formations in sunflowers, pine cones, petals...
A lovely way of looking at maths with nature, check out the Fibonnaci sequence (with its origins in Indian mathematics and Sanskrit poetry) or the "Golden ratio"
= The sum of the previous two numbers.
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144. . .
A most efficient way of packing in seeds.
The spiral is also one of the first patterns young children draw / paint.. with powerful symbolic roots: the most ancient found symbol drawn or carved on every inhabited continent, most likely representing the "life-death-rebirth" cycle of life, seasons, the sun.
#snails #biomimicry #outdoormaths #naturalcrafts
#homeedoutdoors #outdoorlearning #natureart #enwc
Happy Ostara - Spring Equinox , equal day & night, returning of longer + warmer days 😎
This is a still from the story Ostara and the White Hare told by Carl Cough. Interesting deeper context to Easter, my son was transfixed watching it...but he does love a story!
#spring #storytelling #wildlibrary #springequinox
#teenagersoutdoors 💪🏽💪🏿💪🏼 Top work creating a branch fence to stop the jumpy goats and fixing up a planter, alongside a swing and net hammock 🤩
- thanks John @apesatplay for ropes donation
(adventure playground engineers)
3. Social skills & self-regulated behaviour
4. Experiencing success
4. Wellbeing & confidence
5. Raised attainment in THAT order! (spiral pathway in picture)
"By enabling children to engage with different learning contexts and methods, teaching outdoors can bring improvement in attainment and other key desirable outcomes...
Healthy bodies + lifestyles
Social, confident and connected people
Self-directed learning skills
Effective contributors and collaborators
Concerned active citizens
(Malone + Waite 2016)
From series of books: The National Curriculum Outdoors
Deborah Lambert, Michelle Roberts, Sue Waite . 2020 @bloomsburypublishing
#childrenmentalhealth #childrenarethefuture #childrensmentalhealthmatters #outdoorplay #hackneycityfarm
Bird puppets ❤️ could make these all day! Been welcoming the return of all sorts of birds (pair of herons, swifts..) calling for mates + getting busy!
Usborne 100 Bird cards are a lovely resource as lots of kids can look at them at the same time. Kids created a red kite, peregrine falcon family, swallows, goldfinch, stork and more with a few up climbing to the top of the tree sailing in the high winds 💨🍃
Older children can explore the shape and movement of different shapes of wings
🦜Thicker paper or card is best
🕊️ Fold in half, sketch your shape (body, tail, beak, feathers, feet...)
🦅 Colour in, cut out or other way around
🦩 Oil pastels gave a lovely texture but use anything to add colour to top and underside (pens, inks, grass + mud if you've only paper)
💨 Make a little hole in the body, put string through + tie a knot (wind helps this one or running!)
🪶 Attach a thin stick down the middle of body so it sticks out at the back
☝️ Fold again, cut two small slices on the body so a finger can fit through
Play! look up... become a bird.... can you spot a nest.. hear a mating or alarmcall... find a feather...
Spotted: baby grass snake! 🐍 tucked in between the bankside cracks and dandelions by the River Lea 😲 tiny + amazing creature to see 💚 (10cm long) Watch 6our steps!
Sources say it's a bit early, they usually emerge from hibernation in April... seen often around frog spawning areas, which is already happening.. so here's hoping for its survival on tadpoles, fish + frogs of Walthamstow marshes (in competition with the big heron!)
@arc.trust.official Grass snakes are Britain’s only egg-laying snake. Females lay eggs in June or July, normally in rotting vegetation (including garden compost heaps) which acts as an incubator.
It's UK's longest snake, growing to well over a metre in length it is mostly seen wetland areas.
Average lifespan: 15-25 years!
Grass snakes are non-venomous and are extremely timid, moving off quickly when disturbed. If cornered they can feign death, and if handled frequently, produce a foul-smelling excretion.
Grass snakes are protected by law in Great Britain. It is illegal to deliberately kill, injure or sell grass snakes.
#shirleysharpeyes #eagleeyes #doorstepnature #outdoorkids
Mother's day is as much about loving my beauties as celebrating those with mothering tendancies, including caring boys + girls, those with no children, growers, earth goddesses across the world + mother nature 🌱 ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏽✊🏿
Collaboration between climate parent groups @ourkidsclimate @parents_4future @mothersriseup and children's illustrators @kidlit4climate @_editartz @_jimfield @rebecca_a_cobb. But it is open to everyone.
Coyote's Sound Bite: a poem for our planet . While it ends with the goddesses going silent and the male coyote making the crucial suggestion (at a conference of only female Earth Goddesses?) it highlights many different cultures' creation/ earth goddesses, a few I'd never heard of. Otherwise great rhyming story + illustrations for children. . (just might doctor the end!) @lantana_publishing
#womenshistorymonth #earthgoddess #wildlibrary #mothersday #greenkids