Hot chocolate on a sunny day

As the weather has been getting warmer and brighter we thought to spend half our meet up this week in North Kelvin Meadows and the other half in the scout hall opposite. It was so good to feel the sun on our faces and for the children to have chance to wander from the adults, giving them more scope for their games. There was picnicking and football

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and some plaiting of grasses

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but most of the children congregated in and around a newly planted living willow structure to make, sell and serve ‘hot chocolate’ (soil and water).

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We moved inside once the clouds appeared and usual hubbub of craft, games and chat began. Some of the older children made friendship bracelets and someone had brought along a huge ball of homemade playdough.

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Some children sat and did drawings together while others could be found in the ladies toilet giving themselves interesting hair-dos with the hand dryers.

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The homemade kites were a big hit. The pattern to make them was so simple yet effective I took a photo of it and hope to make more. All you need is a piece of A4 paper, a drinking straw, some string, sellotape and something to be the tail.

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While all this was going on umpteen cups of tea were drunk and the joys of a sandpit on a sunny day rediscovered.

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