Once we had eaten fresh eggs for breakfast and sorted out the bedrooms, it was time to say hello to the animals and walk around the grounds.
The children picked flowers.....
....discovered where the boar get in!
And climbed trees. We spent some time in the art room making signs to take home - we used spray paint and decorative pens.
Then it was time for us to get ready for our trip into Ronciglione.
On the way we found a dead snake!!!
But it didn't put anyone off their food at our favourite restaurant - 'Corte dei Prefetti di Vico'!
Back at the Hazelhut, the children DEMANDED another game of 'Splat!'.....
All too soon it was time to go home and it's so quiet without you!!! Come again soon.
April Weekend: Saturday
8 Hazelhutters arrived today ready for an exciting holiday weekend. We started by showing the newcomers around the house and grounds.
After making sure the animals had had enough attention it was time to get creative.
Today that involved a puppet making workshop. The children had so many new ideas and made some amazing puppets!
After a picnic lunch, we made sure homework was done ready for school on Monday..
Then it was time for the all new walkie talkie treasure hunt, but even the old timers didn't realise that the treasure would be in the same old place!!!!
Later in the afternoon we had a game of 'SPLAT!' - a huge hit with all the kids!
In the evening we went for a walk to see the animals again and pick up sticks for the fire......
......which the children used flint and steel to light. It seemed to take forever for our pizzas to be ready.... but finally we all got fed!
Everyone called home, then had chocolate bananas(!) and then got changed for bed, cleaned their teeth and came down for the movie: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' - but no one seemed at all scared! What will tomorrow bring?
Today we welcomed the Grade 1 class from St Thomas's who were studying a unit about animals. We spent the half the day looking at domestic animals and their needs. Vincent and Theo need clean water, a few fish flakes each day and a nice little tank.
Storm needs plenty of corn and other cereals, fresh water and a warm barn to lay her eggs in.
And Pingpong and Giuggiolina need a varied diet of fresh and dry food, hay in their nest boxes and fresh water too!
For the other half of the day we looked at some of the wild animals who visit the Hazelhut and the children had to decide if they were welcome or not.
After lunch we decided on things we could make to encourage more of our favourite animals to visit and stay ay the Hazelhut.
Some children made ladybird houses - did you know they eat all the aphids which attack our vegetables?
Some made little containers for sweet juices with big bright flowers to attract top pollinating butterflies!
And others built bags for birds to take nest materials and food from - they are great fly catchers! So we all did something to help our 'friendly animals' here at the Hazelhut.
What a great day! We loved seeing you all..... come back soon!
'From Farm to Table' with Prep
We were so happy to welcome 16 Prep students to the Hazelhut today, to celebrate the end of their unit: 'From Farm to Table'.
They learned about how the Hazelhut produces hazelnuts and chestnuts for market, by visiting the grounds on foot and in the tractor.
Then they went to see the things we use for personal consumption - like eggs from the hens and fertiliser from the rabbits for the vegetable garden.
Next we walked up to the vegetable garden and looked at the produce growing there. Then the children planted some tomato seeds for us to eat this summer.
Finally it was time for lunch and we made pizzas!
After lunch, the children enjoyed playing in the warm sunshine.
Then we went to the art room to relax and reflect on our favourite moments from the trip.
Before we went home, there was time for one more rendition of 'The Farm Song' and the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. We hope your next unit is as much fun as this one!
Yesterday at the Hazelhut 13 children came to celebrate a birthday. We did so many fun things together. It all started with a lunch of pizza, crisps and salad.
For the art activity we used special pens and shiny stickers to decorate flower pots. We hope the children will use them to grow some flowers.
Then it was time for a walkie talkie treasure hunt. The birthday boy was in charge of guiding 2 teams to a series of places to pick up clues. When both teams returned, they were given an envelope with a final clue - piecing together all the evidence, they were successful in finding the treasure!
Then there was time for some free time and most of the children chose to play in the sunshine!
Later we made and decorated cupcakes for the party.
The final activity was the now infamous 'chocolate game'.......
.....and no one has ever won it like THAT before!
Thanks for choosing the Hazelhut for your party! We hope you come back soon. We are open to all families wishing to celebrate their child's birthday with a day or weekend of activities: rates vary and the offer is subject to availability, so please contact us well in advance if you are interested.