Puddles, Shovels and Sistrums
We are finding our feet now at the Hollies with our Mucky Mondays-parent toddler sessions.
Our first gathering was a bit wetter and colder than we expected but it seemed to only add to the fun for the littlies.
By last week it was beginning to feel like Spring so we asked if we could help Selvi in the garden and got weeding a plot of land in her organic market garden. It felt great to put hands in the soil and we went on to discover a world of bugs living underneath our very feet.
We introduced a few favourite games ( One Two Three -where are you; Duck,duck goose and You are only safe if..) before getting out the tools. It turns out that handing a hammer to a toddler and asking their parent to hold a nail is a great trust exercise. All fingers still intact and shakers the result. It turns out they are a style of sistrum, an ancient Egyptian sacred instrument. The kiddies took it from there sharing their songs and games until it was time to go home.
Written by Niamh Geoghegan Co-ordinator and co-founder at Mucky Boots Forest School