Posted by: storypilgrim | April 21, 2014

Picnic Site Ideas

Ideas from our emails about what we can do on the sites for the picnic days:

At the Picnic Site 
 
Picnic round the rug
Split into four groups for activities, although we still want this to feel open ended and that we are providing the resources for kids to do their own explore.  So for example if some kids are really getting into one activity do we let them keep doing it?
 
Some of our ideas:
 
Sensory: Feeling, listening, looking
 
Blindfold partners feeling tree then guessing which one. Swap
In a circle listen and indicate by mark making on paper when you hear a sound, or put a finger up
Lie down in a circle with heads in the middle and look up to the sky and the trees – could we do a quaker like thing here where if a strong thought comes into your head and you want to share it you say the word? and someone records it as a word poem
 
Story Telling Games round the Picnic Rug
 
 
Imagine:
Imagine you are an animal and this is your territory – where would your home be? what would you need. 
 
Imagine you are a little person and this is you and your friends place for adventures and exploration – what do you make? Could we bring the lollypop sticks and string and kids could make nature puppets to link with the creative sessions?
 
Revealing the landscape
 
The story of the tree coming down, and other stories, eg the sewage works, the bings
 
Environmental Art
making art in the environment, with materials from the environment
 
 
Other Organisation
 
Children and teachers bring picnic lunches
Wellies?
Warm clothes
Waterproofs/something to sit on
 
Toilet plan
Relocatable wind break for privacy
We get a key to the gate and one of the teachers cars at car park, together with Owen’s
 
Risk assessment – do we do together?
First aid stuff
 

Theme? Colin suggested they all wear hats…

I think this is a good idea, it seems in the spirit of picnics. Also possibly bring something to offer for the picnic? perhaps a little trinket or photo, or something, we could make a temporary picnic display at the picnic site, maybe on the picnic rug it could all be gathered?

Haven’t included the trinket in email to Colin. Was wondering if it might be a bit fiddly – and maybe better to stick to the environmental art 

I like the hats idea too. Make one, or decorate a hat you already have with a picnic-related item? As a way of combining the two ideas. Eg I could wear my bush hat with things from previous picnics hanging from it instead of corks! eg squirrel-chewed cones, feathers, a photo…

 

 J&R checked countryside code and think we shouldn’t have fire in the woods

I can understand the reason for this and yes we maybe should not have the fire. But am not in agreement with the reasoning behind it, in that I feel it is more important to show children how to have fires responsibly in the woods and to encourage that outdoor fires are a part of the lives of children. Perhaps this is not something that is in keeping with our project though.

Yes, I know what you mean – there was a day of activities in the Lake District Visitors Centre for 7 -12 year olds that included firemaking, den building and survival skills.  It looked brilliant! Maybe not a core part of the picnic project with this many children…. Good to have it raised , tho and something to discuss more for future 

I agree that we should be teaching children how to use fire responsibly, but I don’t think we should include it in the school picnics. It will be controversial with LLLP, especially in the woodlands. (A bushcraft day with smaller groups would be a good way to teach about fire, I’d like to be part of that)

 

 

 

Some singing?!

Any ideas for a song, picnic-related perhaps. (Please not the teddy bear’s picnic!)

Yep! 
The Quarter-master’s Store? It’s about food, one of the few I know well enough to sing in a group! More of a walking song than a sitting-down song though. 
 

Maybe we can have an hour of activity before picnic lunch?

Think this is a good idea. Something quite active before lunch and more relaxed and contemplative after lunch?

Yep! 

Yep 

 

Cup cakes back at school?

Cupcakes on site I think. Also I have the picnic hamper. I remember Rosie you said the cupcakes could go in the eccentric rucksack. What could we put in the hamper?

Cup cakes might survive better in the picnic hamper! 

Blindfolds and string etc could go in the rucsack?

 

So for example if some kids are really getting into one activity do we let them keep doing it?

I think this would be good to do but wonder if it might cause difficulty with keeping the numbers in the groups manageable. Would it be easier just to have them all move to the next activity?

Yep! 
Yes.
If someone comes up with new ideas for games when we’re all together, the group can decide – what would happen on a traditional picnic?

 

 

could we do a quaker like thing here where if a strong thought comes into your head and you want to share it you say the word?

sounds like a good idea. 

yes 

 

 

Could we bring the lollypop sticks and string and kids could make nature puppets to link with the creative sessions?

would this require glue and other things to make the puppets with? we could instead tie the environmental art activity with a creating characters activity. I have had children making faces and characters out of things they find, they are placed on the ground though and could not be carried away.

Let’s mull this one over – I do like the possibility of some  connection with the indoor creative activity and some of them invested so much in their picnic characters, I quite like the idea of a version of them inhabiting a miniature outside world…could work with twigs maybe? Faces on the ground would also work 

We could make tiny stick-figures using forked twigs and peeled bark to tie arms on. I can cut some willow and peel bark on the way. What could we use for heads?

 

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