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Think Creatively and be Ready for Action

What a doozy of a day with 96 children all longing to be outside, but his was our fourth day of rain. What to do? This is where the crafter has to pull something special out of the hat.
As the age range was from 5-12 years, it was a case of all hands on deck. This was a great Holiday Club and we wanted it to stay that way. First up was the Fairy Wand geared for girls aged 5-8 years. This was quite a hit.

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The boys in the same age group opted for the Ladybird. Looks great doesn’t it?

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The Scarecrow and the Autumn Wonder was popular with this group too.

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Christmas in July isn’t too far away, but any excuse is good enough to make a candle. Our 8-10 year olds coloured these and decorated them in many formats. Some fixed them to a can or paper towel insert so they became 3 dimensional.

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The sophisticated 10-12 year olds of both sexes were taken by the colour wheel and loved stamping and colouring to get great results.

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As there was a bird of paradise flower in a vase, the children were challenged to create something really unusual. After drying off the stem, the flower was traced around and a template made. This was cut out twice and then coloured, one of the pieces on both sides. We offered them blue and orange tissue to add to the, “wings” of the flower. They cut out several triangles from this and attached them to the backing template. The top template was then glued over. Just brilliant!

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I like the doozy days because something special usually happens on these occasions. The parents adored, the crafts but, the Birds Of Paradise made by the children were the overwhelming success. There were happy children, happy parents and teachers who are to be congratulated.
The teachers were able to be, “instantly creative” because we deliberately factor in, “thinking Space” in our timetables, where staff can doodle and think up new ideas. Hence they were ready for action when the going was tough.
Lindsay from Activity Village in the UK reminded us of the importance of re-evaluating how we spend our time. Do you allow yourself time to think outside the box? From Lindsay,
“I’ve been thinking a lot these past few weeks about how easy it is to just crash through our lives, getting on with the routine things, rushing from one place to another, constantly trying to keep on top of everything, juggling, cleaning, working, sleeping, eating, repeating – and missing all the small, sweet, significant stuff along the way. When we are looking after children – our own or others – the need to keep on top of everything can really take over. Of course this is a popular theme at the moment and “mindfulness” – or taking time-out to pause and appreciate the moment – has become quite a buzzword recently. But I would like to offer you some words from Piglet (A.A. Milne being a personal favourite of mine) who seems to have hit the nail on the head in a very practical way.”
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” Piglet
There really is nothing sweeter than “Doing Nothing” with the family for an hour or two over a weekend. Dare I suggest that we might take a gentle walk together, kick a ball in the garden or park, quietly read a book (or two or three), colour a picture (just colour a picture, mind – no TV watching or phone-checking at the same time), or maybe just lie side-by-side and catch up with what’s been going on?
And this poem by Shel Silverstein is a great one to have on your notice board.

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Do you put this into practice in your life?

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