|Posted by Danny Nutt on July 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM|
We're very much looking forward to our Summer Holiday Club during the last two weeks of the summer holidays in August.
That period of the year can be quite daunting for parents. Six weeks for state schools and eight weeks for private schools to fill! Once you factor in a holiday away, perhaps a few days with the grandparents and the odd play date, there will still be weeks to fill whilst us parents have to go to work!
So why not book in with us?
In terms of what we'll be doing... We'll be welcoming in the kids from 8.30am onwards whilst we take registration and then the kids can hang out, listen to music, make new friends, play some board games, read or do some colouring in. Then we'll gather them all togethr once eveyrone has arrived at around 9.30am and run over some basic golden rules, followed by some super fun games. The most popular games we run are: Bulldog, Grandma's Footsteps, Keeper Of The Keys and Wink Murder.
We'll then have a break for around 20 minutes whist the kids grab a drink, a snack, go to the toilet, run around outside and let some steam off. Then we'll have a drama session. We'll focus on a different aspect of drama each day: improvistion, devising, character building and more. Then we'll break for lunch.
Then, depending on the weather, we'll either have a fun water fight outside, a game of tag or take the kids up to the playground outside the West Norwood Leisure Centre and have a game of Stuck In The Mud, run a super energised obstacle course and perhaps gather them around and tell them a story which they can contribute to!
We'lll then aim to head back to base (St Lukes church hall) and have a rest, a drink of water and a snack and then do some relaxed activities like some arts and crafts and some less energetic games and then before you know it, it will be home time!
For more info ir if you wish to book, please go here- https://www.nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk/holiday-workshops" target="_blank">http://https://www.nuttyschildrensparties.co.uk/holiday-workshops
We look forwward to seeing your little ones there!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on June 25, 2019 at 10:45 AM|
If, like with my kids, your children insist on having packed lunches every day at school, it can be a bit of an effort for many reasons. Firstly, you have to actually make it and that adds more busoness to your already busy schedule as a working parent. Also, it's hard to keep it varied sometimes apart from the usual sandwiches, crisps and fruit. AND, all that packaging can add even more environmentally un-friendly waste.
So, how do we make the kids packed lunches environmentally friendly? Well, here's our top 5 tips to help you!
1- Make your own bread. You can either use a bread maker or there are lots of simple recipes available where you can make bread by hand. We've been doing it for generations! Then there will be no carbon footprint and no packaging
2- Use plastic free packaging to wrap the sandwches in. There are now dozens of natural, re-usable alternatives to cling film and foil (both of which, crazily, can't be recycled). Just look online and you'll see lots to choose from.
3- Buy organic fruit and vegetables. Riverford, which we use, is a brilliant, affordable company that has 100% organic produce. It's totally free from chemicals and pesticides and in turn tastes better, doesn't harm the environment when being grown and is much more healthy for you. Plus most of its produce is grown in the UK, so has a minimal carbon footprint.
4- Make sure your kids keep all the food waste inciuding fruit peel. Most local councils now collect food waste for composting, so instead of your kids throwing their waste in the bin at school, ask them to bring it home for your compost bin!
5- Make sure they have a non-plastic, re-usable water bottle instead of the plastic ones. This is for two reasons. 1- it's another way to avoid buying plastic and 2- the popular metal bottles on offer keeps the water cold and tastes so much better.
I hope you this all helps!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on June 11, 2019 at 10:35 AM|
I've always believed that art is freedom. It has no boundaries, can be completely unique, it's aimed at everyone and it has its own language.
My daughter, Lola, who's 9, has recently really got in to painting. At home, she often just quietly gets out an old newspaper from the recycling bin, spreads it out on the dining table and just starts painting.
The other day, she painted lots of random sized shapes with different colours. I said to her, 'Wow that's great Lola, what's it meant to be? What's your thinking behind it?' and she replied 'I don't know Dad, is that OK?'. And I said, 'Of course! There are no rules with art, you just have to create something'.
And that's what's so brilliant about art, especially for kids. Their imaginations are so pure and raw, that sometimes the very act of creating without any specific, conscious thought, can have a profound effect.
In an age where children would much rather play on an iPad or watch Netflix, allowing kids to paint, draw or create something from an old loo roll gives them a platform to create. And whether they're intending to do this as a future career or not, it gives them a chance to express themselves, to let their imagination flex its muscles and for their creativity to shine.
I just wish I could paint as well she she can!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on May 30, 2019 at 11:20 AM|
It feels like summer has arrived today and it's half term, hoorah! And despite the usual connotations with warm weather: getting your shorts on, BBQ's, sunbathing, etc. this is the perfect opportunity to get your kids away from the telly, thier tablets and PS4's and get them outdoors.
The other day I had a lovely time with my kids cycling. We went through two local parks, had a picnic, had fun in the playground, bought some bird feed and fed the ducks, then raced back home and felt great!
And it really doesn't have to cost you anything to get outdoors. Wherever you are there will either be a local park, playground or the countryside.
Me and my family and friends also had a wonderful May Bank Holiday weekend camping in a forest in Dorset. When you spend longer than a few hours outdoors in that kind of environment, your inner clock slows down, the kids have so much freedom and you really get in tune with nature.
In an age where I see toddlers in their pushchairs glued to Peppa Pig on their mums' smartphones and people literaly wasting their free time on the tube mindleslley flicking through Instagram, getting outdoors is one the best antidodes to the modern, information based world. You'll feel calmer, more energised and believe me, happier.
We also love performing our parties outdoors and during one I ran last week in a beautful garden in Hertfordshire, I could see pure joy in the kids' faces as they felt so relaxed and free.
So what are you waiting for? Get off Facebook! Put your phone down and get outdoors, even for a walk! You'll feel so much better...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on May 2, 2019 at 11:15 AM|
There's been a lot of press coverage recently about Climate Change. This is now a real and present danger to the future of our planet and it's time for us all to do our bit so we can (literally) save our planet.
Recently, a client asked me which plastic and other products we use as she was conscious about plastic waste and wanted to teach her daughter to try and avoid plastic where possible. This is generally so difficult as so much that we consume generally include plastic! I reassured her that the main plastic we use are toy gold medals we give out as prizes for each birthday child. Apart from that, any paper etc we use at our Arts and Crafts parties, we always make the effort to recycle. We don't use balloons, we're fazing out glitter (also for the Arts and Crafts parties) and yes, we give out sweets that are wrapped in plastic film, but that's sadly the case with all sweets nowadays. And for hygiene purposes, this is better than individual, unwrapped sweets.
We're trying the best we can at the moment and we can certainly do more. But until the big companies start making their packaging recyclable and/or compostable, it's going to be tricky.
If you have any ideas on how else we can be more environmentally friendly, please do let us know!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on April 18, 2019 at 3:00 AM|
What a welcome relief, I imagine, that we are now embarking on a four day break. And whatever your religious beliefs, having a long weekend with your family is always an attractive prospect.
For those of us lucky enough to get away, whether it's somewhere hot like a beach in the South of France or the outer echelons of the North Yorkshire moors, no doubt you will have plenty of activtiies to do with the kids.
But what if you're just staying at home? Have you thought of how you're going to fill the four full days?
Well if you're stuck for ideas how about firstly finding a brilliant, unique locaton for an easter egg hunt? Like one of the many 'wild' parks in London? Streatham Common? Hampstead Heath? Putney Heath? Or perhaps you could head to the countryside?
The other thing you could do is hard boil some eggs, get your paintbrushes out and paint some lovely, colourful designs on them.
Finally, kids love colouring in and there are plenty of free colouring in sheets of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, daffodils and more available online.
I hope you've now got some ideas for the long weekend ahead and I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Easter!