We were so happy to welcome these 10 children to the Hazelhut yesterday to kick of our festive celebrations.
Together we shared some of the important activities connected with this time of year - like baking...
... playing together....
...giving and receiving gifts....
... but most of all sharing the light and love of this special time of year!
After a wild and stormy night, our spooky weekend continued with an art room activity creating a scary scene on a rock or tombstone using clay. The group were typically wonderfully creative.
Next we continued with some new and some traditional Halloween games - dooking for apples, of course!
Then a game of 'Halloween table rugby' where the children tried to win spooky chocolate coins by scoring into a specific area of the table.
After that we played roll the pumpkin!
In the afternoon some of the girls decorated a grotesque cake for the parents - luckily it tasted much better than it looked!
Due to the storm continuing to rage outside, we couldn't leave the house, so the children played some Halloween themed games with James.
Then we all gathered in the sitting room for a final activity.... karaoke of course!
We apologise for the late publishing of this blog, but we have been disconnected from the internet due to bad weather!!!! We would like to thank all the children and their families for making our early Halloween tons of fun!
Halloween Weekend is here again and we had a very wet and windy day in which to welcome our unlucky 13 to the house of horrors!
We started the day with some art room fun making haunted house collages.
Then some children went to see if Pip had put on his bat costume.
The children helped to prepare a rather gruesome lunch of fingers and zombie heads!
But these kids didn't seem to mind at all......
After lunch James took everyone for a walk before the worst of the storm hits!
When they returned we all headed to the art room to make Mummy Lanterns.
Then before we knew it the children were transformed into a range of creepy creatures; from bats...
to corpse brides!
We played some very grubby and very creepy games.
It was lots of fun, but very messy- luckily the dining room recovered in time for PIZZA!
Now the children are all watching 'Hotel Transylvania' and digesting the day's fun.
It's not quite time yet, but the Hazelhut decided to get spooky early this year and allow some little witches, devils and zombies through our doors to enjoy a day of Halloween fun!
We started off by making witches' eyeballs in the kitchen and then magically turned our tangerines into pumpkins for snack!
In the art room, the children made bats and decorated masks for the day of the dead.
Lunch was a particularly scary affair - with severed fingers, ghost sandwiches and spiders in blood on the menu - all washed down with a dripping bloody hand!!!!!
After lunch some of the children made up a show which they performed in the olive tree.
We also had a treasure hunt relay in the hazelnut grove.
Once the chocolates had been gobbled, the children went to the campfire to learn a Halloween song with actions.
Then they headed off to feed the pigs.
And as if that wasn't enough excitement, before they left, the children played a game of 'trick or treat' - could they be brave enough to feel something yucky? Maybe ghost's blood or a bat's ear? If they could they might get a treat!
What a fun day we had! Happy Halloween everyone!
On Friday the sun shone for us again as over 50 grade 4 students from Marymount came to learn about 'kindness'. Among the activities planned for them were stone decorating (a reminder to always do kind things) and cookie baking for someone at home.
On Thursday we welcomed all of the Marymount Grade 5 to the Hazelhut to learn about the concept of 'Unity'.
Their teachers had prepared a wonderful day for them, packed with fun activities based around a story called 'A Bad Case of the Stripes'.
They decorated cookies for a friend and wrote special messages to say how that person is unique.
They also reflected on their own characters in order to know themselves better and to encourage themselves to stay true to who they are.
It was wonderful to welcome Marymount's EC2 classes to the Hazelhut yesterday.
They came to learn about how pumpkins grow and some of the spooky ways they can be used at Halloween!
The sun shone as the children took a tractor ride through the woods, explored the 'Magic Pumpkin Patch' and looked at the vegetable garden.
After a picnic lunch they got creative with paints and pens and
This was the day we woke up to for our Chestnut Harvest Day and the day that followed was just as lovely!
We warmly welcomed 21 keen gatherers and kitted them out with sweet treats, coffee, baskets, gloves and instructions.
Then without further delay, it was off to the woods!
Each team worked hard through the spikes and leaves to gather as many chestnuts as possible.
Lunch was much anticipated and much appreciated - each course contained chestnuts in some form or other, giving our chestnut hunters some ideas for their own share of the harvest.
After lunch there was a suggestion of a storm on the horizon, so we quickly weighed up the harvest to find out which team had won. But the weather gods were on our side and the storm never came.
Our congratulations to the 'Dolphins' who swam to success and took the prize home! Many thanks to all who came, for giving up a Sunday to help us with the harvest - we hope to see you all again soon!
It was such a pleasure to welcome another grade 2 class from the New School. They came to the Hazelhut to learn all about autumn. We played a game to alert all the senses to some of autumn's treasures and then headed out into the sunshine to see it in all its glory. We saw mushrooms and chestnuts, hazelnuts and olives. We fed the pigs and gathered eggs from the chickens. Then enjoyed lunch on the terrace.
In the afternoon, the children went to the art room with some of their findings and let their imaginations run wild!