It was great to see so many friends and newcomers at the Hazelhut today! We had a super Open Day and really look forward to making more friends in the future. A special thanks to Liné and John who came up to spend the day and set up an Usborne book stall just for our customers. Thank you also to Irma, the horse riding teacher who came to meet some of this year's Hazelhutters.
Thanks also to the parents for bringing their part of a lovely picnic.
And to the kids who enjoyed it so much!
It was so nice to share the Hazelhut with others and we hope to see you all again soon.
Our next Open Day is on Sunday 28th May between 10am and 4pm. Please come along and see what the Hazelhut can do for your child!
Easter Sunday one week on
What better way to start our Easter Sunday than with eggs? - Thank you Brava, Alba, Squawk and Scurry!
Then we went on to use more eggs to make some delicious chocolate cakes - who says 15 children can't cook at once?!
The weather was lovely, so the children got out into the sunshine and took some exercise - you can tell James used to be a PE teacher!
We had another delicious lunch in the sunshine and most of the children played 'Up Jenkins' while Ottavia and her little helper went to hide the eggs for the Easter egg hunt!
There was great excitement as the children ran about looking for eggs.
Later in the afternoon the children made gifts to take home and then they tried the chocolate cake which must have been delicious as it was ll gone by the time the parents arrived!
We had a great weekend with a wonderful group of children - thanks for coming and we hope to see you soon!
Easter fun on Saturday
What a lot of Hazelhutters for our first weekend in what feels like ages!!!
And we couldn't have hoped for a lovelier crowd to do so many fun things with. First of all we had to introduce them to our new rabbits and the new hens.
Smokey and Fluffy were such a big hit that the children hardly seemed interested in the hens.....
There was plenty of time to enjoy the new tennis and football pitch, which is much loved by everyone.
As usual the children loved rummaging through the art materials to make a very special egg for the best egg competition. James and Ottavia could hardly decide who the winners should be as they were ALL exceptional!
We had a delicious lunch of pasta and salad in the delightful sunshine.
After lunch these good little Hazelhutters did their homework.
Then fresh air and beautiful scenery was on the menu for everyone as we headed into the woods for a walk. We were hoping to find some elderflowers, but the cold weather had stopped them from coming out.....
On returning some of the children helped us make up our summer vases while others enjoyed yet more sports on the pitch.
Other children helped plant new seeds in the veg patch so that our summer campers can enjoy fresh organic veg!
In the afternoon we had some fun doing karaoke!
Then we ordered pizza and played games waiting for it to arrive....
....but it was definitely worth the wait!
Habitats and homes
The Grade 1 class from St Thomas's came to the Hazelhut today to find out about habitats and homes. They arrived full of excitement at 9am.
Many of the children had been to the Hazelhut before and they were very impressed with all the changes - especially the new games area!
We started off with a game to get to know this great class a bit better.
Then we went to meet the animals: first Theo the goldfish!
Then we inspected the insect hotel and the new wild bird area.
The children were really good at asking questions but after a while we all had itchy feet and went for a lovely walk in the forest, looking out for animal and bird homes on the way.
Next it was time to visit Smokey and Fluffy, the rabbits. The children loved them and were so gentle with them - they gave them shoots to eat and brushed their hair.
We looked at the chicken coop and the 7 hens. Some children discovered their eggs.
After all this discovery, the children were very excited about... LUNCH!
In the afternoon we all went to the art room and helped the children realise their own ideas making an animal home. They were super creative!
Before their parents arrived, we listened to each child talk about the habitat they had created and to explain what they had learned during the day.
We were very impressed with this curious and creative group of children and we hope you all return soon!