I can hardly believe it has been just over a year since I started my Active Adventures and Arts and Crafts for under 5′s at Mummas & Beans in Godalming. It has been lovely to see the classes grow and look at lots of different topics such as nursery rhymes, colours and shapes, seasons, festivals and great to see how the lovely toddlers and slightly older pre school children have benefitted from the unique mix of stories, dance, drama and games the sessions offer. The sessions have always aimed to keep the children active but also fire their imaginations so that they are inquisitive about books and stories.
Dancing with Coloured Scarves
After launching a session at the end of last year at Archies Launchpad in Farnham my focus turned to finding some suitable venues in Guildford. After a couple of false starts I have found two lovely venues. So we are having Terrific Tuesdays
at The Millmead Centre, Bury Fields Guildford which is right by the river, so perfect for a spot of duck feeding before or afterwards. This is an Active Adventure session from 1.45 – 2.30pm so we look at a different story each week and explore with dance, drama, games, colourful props and puppets. For example this week we looked at The Windy Day and the children have been having lots of fun flying kites, waving flags, tumbling leaves and hanging the washing out! The sessions always have a variety of music and we have been looking at different types of movement inspired by the wind e.g. swooping, swaying, blowing, twirling, flying.
Free play play doh
take place at the Guilde Headquarters on Nightingale Road, Guildford. This venue is right on the edge of Stoke Park so again ideal for a trip to the playground/paddling pool or a picnic afterwards in the summer months. Here we run an Active Adventure session from 9.45 – 10.30, have snack and tea and coffee from 10.30 – 10.45am giving grown ups and children time to socialise and then we have an Arts and Crafts session from 10.45am. Each week we have 3-4 themed art activities based around the story of the week which can include paint activities, mini makes such as puppets, masks etc and free play with play doh, building bricks etc. The session finishes with an activity using things we have made and some songs or parachute games. As a bonus both Guildford venues have plenty of free parking and easy access for pushchairs too.
Wow Said the Owl art activities
At our Wonderful Wednesday launch session last week we looked at one of my favourite stories – Wow Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood. This is a lovely story about an Owl who stays up during the day to see all the lovely colours. In Active Adventures we met a friendly owl puppet, played with green and yellow leaves, made a rainbow with coloured scarves, fluttered some beautiful coloured butterflies and crinkled and found different body parts with some scrunchy coloured cellophane. In arts and crafts we made some beautiful tree paintings using bubble wrap to paint with, some cute paper plate owls and sun colourful sun catchers.
Over the summer term we are looking at weather and days out as themes for the activity sessions. You can book onto individual sessions or block book for some great discounts. Please visit our main website for full details of all our activities for under 5′s in Guildford, Godalming & Farnham
I look forward to seeing you at a session soon with your toddler or pre schooler and please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07956 182 488 for more info or to book a place.