It has certainly been a busy summer at the Spinney Holiday Club and it has been great to see faces old and new! This summer’s theme was ‘Faraway destinations’ where explored different habitats through a variety of activities.
Week 1: Bushlands
The first took us to the Bushlands where the children made their own bush homes and African-inspired tribal art. They also made some incredible tie-dye fabrics o take home and exotic fruit kebabs to eat. They learnt about Africa’s ‘Big Five’ through a treasure hunt and games. On the Tuesday they enjoyed a trip to Chester Zoo’s Nature Reserve where the Zoo Rangers told them all about the bugs that live there, before embarking on their own Bug Hunt. This was also a good time to take part in the Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count to see what butterflies they could spot at the reserve. Even though the week was jam-packed with activities there was plenty of time for free play and outdoor play in the Holiday Club Room & Outdoor Area.
The Spinney Adventurers Club met in the Magic Woods to hear all about a very special quest they were to complete over the summer. It involved learning about and helping protect 6 of the UK’s endangered animals with the first week concentrating on Hedgehogs.
Find out more about the Spinney Adventurers Club summer adventure here.
Week 2: Deserts
Week two of the holiday club was all about deserts so it was time to don our sandals and sunhats and learn about the hot desert that the Egyptians called home. Activities included making their desert oasis, Pharaoh Palaces and Egyptian Headdress. The children even baked their own Rosetta Stone biscuits complete with their name in hieroglyphics. Through an archaeological did they discovered ancient artefacts and made their own Papyrus Scrolls.
This week the Spinney Adventurers set out to help save the butterflies at Wepre Park
Week 3: Rainforests
During week three the children learned about Rainforests, the importance of them and all the weird and wonderful animals and insects that live there. They made beautiful mosaics, flying bugs, hopping frogs and Rainforest animal door hangers. The weekly trip was to Gordale Garden Centre were they saw exotic plants and enjoyed lots of time to play in the play area after a picnic lunch.
The Spinney Adventurers Club returned to the Magic Woods to help save the bees.
Week 4: Mountains, Fire & Ice
The next ‘Faraway Destination’ was Mountain, Fire and Ice were the children learnt about some of the most extreme habitats on earth, including high mountain peaks, icy glaciers and volcanoes! The children made their own ‘unclimbed mountain’ to take home and took part in an Orienteering Course at Castle Park for the weekly trip. A very popular activity was the Glacier Man Rescue where they had to extract a large Action Man from a huge block of ice! They also made their very own Volcano Dragon and keyring to match.
This week’s adventure took place near the Faraway Mountain where the Spinney Adventures had to help the Red Squirrels
Week 5: Wild West
The Holiday Club children headed to the Wild West for week 5 where they learnt about the arid environment and the Native American Indians that called it home. They made their own native instruments, headdresses and some beautiful Dream Catchers. There was a fantastic Spinney Rodeo and some great Tee Pees. The weekly trip saw the children take part in a trail at Castle Park where they had to work out the clues to help they find their way around the route.
It was a return to the Magic Woods for the Spinney Adventurers Club on the Wednesday where they had to save the Natterjack Toad and had a great cook-out cooked over the fire for lunch.
Week 6: Desert Islands
The last week of the summer holidays saw the Spinney Holiday Club visit Desert Islands where they enjoyed ‘swimming with turtles’, making their own palm trees and fruit kebabs. They had to work out the ‘message in the bottle’ and make flower garlands. On the last day of the Summer Holiday Club they had a lovely party to celebrate the fantastic summer of travels that we had!
The last Spinney Adventurers Club of the summer took the children to the beach for a day of activities learning how to help protect our marine life.
What a wonderful summer! A huge thank you to all that came and to our Holiday Club Leader ad Spinney Staff for making it such an enjoyable and successful summer. We can’t wait to see the children again at Holiday Club in October Half Term!
Find out more about the Spinney Holiday Club here