It’s messy time!

A Guest Blog by Discover & Be.

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Looking for a fun, interactive event for you and your children at this year’s festival?

Join the Discover & Be team for a jam-packed session of multisensory messy play, music and more! There will be a host of activities all based around the fantastic – and highly topical! – theme of trains and transport.

The session will be full of engaging and entertaining activities suitable for children from 6 months – 4 years old (although older siblings are more than welcome!):

  • Get busy in our small world cereal construction site with railway track
  • Do some super messy painting using the wheels of a car
  • Build your own train track
  • Clamber across our stepping stones, and take a crawl through the tunnel
  • Take a selfie in our Thomas the Tank Engine photobooth
  • Learn your shapes and colours as you create your own colourful train
  • Sing some terrific transport tunes
  • Hear the story of The Runaway Train by Benedict Blathwayt

All Discover & Be sessions (held weekly in Cuckfield, Scaynes Hill, Newick and Portslade) are packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative play and expressive messy play. Come along and join in the fun!

In the meantime, why not try out some of these fun transport-related activities at home?

If you’ve got a bit of space inside, or the weather is still being kind, grab some bubble wrap and make a fab bubble wrap runway, ideal for zooming cars, trains, any other wheeled toy you might have or, indeed, feet! Of course, the bubbles make a great noise as they’re burst all in all making it super sensory fun. Check out the instructions courtesy of Hands On As We Grow.

How about something more creative? Clare’s Little Tots website suggest attaching your pens (or crayons) to your toy cars and using them to make colourful pictures. Here’s how they do it.

If your children are into imaginative role playing an activity like this one will keep them happy: this is an airplane sensory bin (although you can adapt it to whatever toys you have at home).

Check out the instructions on the link above or just get creative with whatever is lying around at home. As you can see, this sensory pit has coloured rice and cotton wool clouds, but there are other ways of creating an activity like this:

  • How about a water based one complete with boats?
  • Or maybe a construction site equipped with diggers?
  • Here’s another example of a sensory construction site and shows how you can use bits and bobs from around the house (namely a tray from the shed and some pasta in this case!).

Finally, back to some more art and craft ideas, all based around trains:

Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to have a go at home but do come down and join in the session on the 17th September from 4-5pm. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Discover & Be run multisensory messy play sessions every week in Scaynes Hill (Monday), Newick (Tuesday), Cuckfield (Friday) and Portslade (Friday). Discover & Be, through their team of experienced primary school teachers and a music specialist, also offer private academic and music tuition, and organise themed parties for children. Find them online:

 

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E: info@discoverandbe.com

The experiences that inspire me

A Guest Blog by Eve Ainsworth.

I never planned to write for young adults. I just knew I wanted to write SOMETHING. Writing seems to run through my blood, it feeds me and keeps me warm – and for a long, long time I just wrote the odd ideas that popped into my head – often underdeveloped and not really thought through in detail. But they were ok and they fed my addiction.

Things changed when I started working in a local secondary school. Again, this was not on my list of plans. In fact, when I left the same school at eighteen, I swore that I would never EVER return. But after years of unfulfilling and uninspiring work, I needed something different – so I decided to take the leap and work with teens – and thank goodness I did.

My new job meant that I was working directly with young people and also witnessing some of the real issues they were facing. It was a job I absolutely loved. It soon became clear to me that I could utilise my work in my writing and create stories that represented some of the very real and very concerning problems that face teenagers today. And so 7 Days, a book about the realities of bullying, was written, shortly followed by Crush, a book about toxic and controlling relationships.

I am a true believer that life takes you down a particular path for a reason. Years ago, I would have never expected to be writing books for teens, but now it seems a very natural and enjoyable route for me. This is not to say that I think you should only write what you know – but having experience in certain areas can feed your passion and make the writing so much more authentic.

Above all you need to enjoy what you do. Always.

 

Eve has written two Young Adult novels – Seven Days and Crush – both published by Scholastic. Seven Days was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Eve is giving an author talk at Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th, 1.30-2.30pm in the URC. Register now to save your seat! Suitable for ages 11+

Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder Storytelling

When: 17th September, 10.00-11.00am and 3.00-4.00pm

Where: URC- Attic

Who: Children aged 4+

Booking essential. Max 40 children

You are invited to come on an interactive storytelling adventure and enter the wonderful world of stories!

Bringing to life myths, legends and fairy-tales such as Goldilocks & the Three Bear’s, George & the Dragon and Jack & the Beanstalk, Mr Dilly will delight the audience, reminding everyone of the magic of stories.

Be prepared to join in the fun and enter Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder!

For more info about Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder please visit www.creativeeducationuk.com

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Inkpots creative writing

What: Inkpots Writing Workshops

When: 17th September, 12.00-12.30pm and 1.00-1.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 8-11 years.

Inkpots chocolate-themed workshop will give children age 8 – 11 the chance to spread their creative writing wings with lots of fun activities!

There will be story starters, word quizzes and illustration games, plus tips about developing stories and characters. Whatever stage of writing you’re at, you can join in the fun!

For more info about Inkpots please visit www.inkpots.org

Eve Ainsworth – children’s author

18679049 CrushWhen: 17th September, time 1.30 – 2.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 11+

Come and be inspired by an award winning author!

Eve will be talking about her experiences as a writer, published author and as a reader. She will also be discussing the important themes that her books cover such as bullying. She will talk about why it is important that matters such as these are explored in Young Adult fiction and how empathy and understanding can help us become a stronger society.

Eve will also be providing tips for budding authors and taking questions from the audience!

For more information about Eve visit www.eveainsworth.com.

Creative kids? Why not write your own festival story

Nicolette Sheehan – Author talk & Poetry workshop

When: 17th September, time tbc.

Where: URC Church

Who:  Children aged 9+ / 7+

Interactive talk for children aged 9+

If you could be an animal what would you be and why? And how might this help you to write an amazing story? Come and share your ideas, learn some amazing animal facts, try out a few metaphors and get the lowdown on how to write a book.

Poetry workshop for children aged 7+

Do you think it’s possible for a group of kids to write a poem TOGETHER in just 10 minutes? Come and find out, and while you’re there have a go at writing, performing and all types of poetic play!

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Come listen to extracts from Hereward Kaye’s Dark Poetry – Insomnia

Listen to extracts from  Insomnia – Dark Poetry by Hereward Kaye.

Come and join the crowds!

Insomnia – Dark Poetry by Hereward Kaye

Inkpots Writing Workshops

A Guest Blog by Gill Pawley, Founder of Inkpots.

Every week during term time, I run seven after school Inkpots workshops inkpots019at schools in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. I always try to get set up and have just a few minutes in hand so that I am able to give the children my full attention as they arrive from class. Because at every school, every time – without fail – children tumble through the doors, full of news and stories. And it’s one of the best bits about running Inkpots.

Children are natural story tellers and even the mundane events become epic adventures in their minds. Some children may find it difficult to get their words down on paper and others might like to draw their stories, but they are story tellers just the same.
At Inkpots, we believe that:

  • Everyone can write something;
  • Writing muscles need to be stretched and toned;
  • Writing should be enjoyable and exciting;
  • Collaboration – not competition – is important.

When I started Inkpots nearly four years ago, one of my core aims was to develop groups which were warm, welcoming and secure. With the help of all the children, Inkpots has been able to achieve that – all of our groups are really fun places to be and the children really do look out for each other.

“Inkpots feels like home – we’re all part of one big family” Sophie, age 10

The welcoming atmosphere extends to our Holiday Clubs as well. It’s always particularly lovely when Inkpots children bring friends along and children who can’t manage to get to after school clubs, come to see us in the holidays again and again.

I am delighted to be running some workshops at the Lindfield Arts Festival for the first time. I hope to be able to give the children a flavour of what we do at Inkpots, as well as having a really great time. At the chocolate-themed workshops, there’ll be a range of activities for children – no matter what their stage of storytelling. So, we’ll have some word puzzles and games to get those writing muscles going, we’ll have a chat about the books everyone enjoys and we’ll even design our own chocolate bars.  There will also be a chance to write some chocolate stories or map out some ideas that can later be developed. I’ll be on hand to talk to encourage the young writers with tips and ideas. More than anything, it’s a chance for children who really enjoy reading, writing and drawing to spend some time together sharing ideas, being creative and having lots of fun.

“Inkpots helps your imagination grow” George, age 11

I am really looking forward to these workshops at Lindfield Arts Festival and just can’t wait to meet all the children and their families.

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If you would like to have a chat beforehand, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07771 231563 or email gill@inkpots.org. There is also more information on our website www.inkpots.org.

Bringing to life myths, legends and fairy-tales

When: 17th September, 10.00-11.00am and 3.00-4.00pm

Where: URC- Attic

Who: Children aged 4+

Registration essential. Max 40 children.

You are invited to come on an interactive storytelling adventure and enter the wonderful world of stories!

Bringing to life myths, legends and fairy-tales such as Goldilocks & the Three Bear’s, George & the Dragon and Jack & the Beanstalk, Mr Dilly will delight the audience, reminding everyone of the magic of stories.

Be prepared to join in the fun and enter Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder!

For more info about Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder please visit www.creativeeducationuk.com

Fairytales Pirates

Budding authors

18679049 CrushWhen: 17th September, time 1.30 – 2.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who:  Children aged 11+

Come and be inspired by an award winning author!

Eve will be talking about her experiences as a writer, published author and as a reader. She will also be discussing the important themes that her books cover such as bullying. She will talk about why it is important that matters such as these are explored in Young Adult fiction and how empathy and understanding can help us become a stronger society.

Eve will also be providing tips for budding authors and taking questions from the audience!

For more information about Eve visit www.eveainsworth.com.