Our magnificent Muddy Ambassador, Emily fills us in of what happened at our last Surrey event…
On Sunday 30th October on a very misty and murky morning we held our second Muddy Puddles event at Farnham Park. We were joined by some familiar faces who had enjoyed the first event in July, and lots more new excited little faces ready to explore the woods and get muddy.
For those of you who don’t know the area, Farnham Park is a fantastic location to explore and find out more about wildlife and nature. There are several walks you can do, a huge selection of trees to explore and (new for 2016) an amazing play park complete with a giant wooden spider and a castle. All overlooked by the real ruins of Farnham castle, this park really was the perfect spooky setting for our young intrepid explorers.
After making our way through the mist to registration and handing out the fantastic goody bags that contained worksheets, balloons and of course the all important Muddy Puddles offer voucher, we set off on the ‘Halloween shape’ challenge.
The children had to find items in and around the park that looked like the shapes on our sheets. We had everything from bats and ghosts to a witches hat, broomstick and a pumpkin. After around half an hour of exploring our group returned and after a good show and tell session we made a giant broomstick out of the leaves, twigs and branches and all crammed on like the characters from ‘Room on the Broom’, only this time the broom didn’t snap in two, it just stayed put!
After demounting our giant broom the group got stuck into a rather exiting science experiment, kindly provided for our event by the ‘Little House of Science’. The make your own microscope was a big hit and enabled the children to get a closer look at the nature around them but this is also some that could easily be replicated at home.
Everyone had 20 minutes to find something that wanted to examine more closely, bugs and spiders were the favourite choice of the morning! We then carefully placed our creepy crawlies into a plastic cup with some cling film over the top and secured it with an elastic band. A couple of drops of water across the film was all it took to turn our cups into portable microscopes. The children were fascinated by this experiment as I explained how the water acts as a dome to bend the light and enlarge the bugs in the cup.
After we had popped the bugs back in the bushes we moved onto our final (and my favourite) task of the morning which was autumnal nature crown making, again something that would be great for a bit of home craft. The children picked their best leaves, berries, twigs and chestnuts to stick onto their headbands, each proudly wearing their crowns on their hats like little kings and queens of autumn.
With their headbands firmly in place we set about making our piece de resistance – a giant muddy puddle sign. We split up into two smaller groups with the older children helping their younger siblings to recognise the letters and sound out the words, it was great to see everyone working together.
The mist cleared just in time for a lovely photo to show off the fantastic sign the group had made. With a big cheer our fearless explorers were left to take on the rest of the park and hunt out any ghosts that may have been lurking in the castle ruins. Until next time puddlers!