On Wednesday, we had home education group at our house again. I was anxiously watching the weather, as I had planned a messy painting activity and was hoping to be able to do it in the garden. Jennie asked earlier in the week if people could do some pink and purple messy play in the week leading up to Matilda Mae’s Mile in Memory walk which is taking place tomorrow, so I stocked up on pink and purple art and craft materials, as well as a multicoloured selection to give the children plenty of choice. It was cloudy and wet in the morning, but by lunchtime the sun was out, and by the time everyone arrived it was warm enough to be in the garden. There were five families this time, and a total of fourteen children ranging in age from four weeks to nearly nine years old.
I set up the pink and purple materials in one Tuff Spot and the multicoloured ones in the other. We had glitter glue, paint, paper, feathers, foam hearts, fabric stars, pipe cleaners, water beads and a few other random bits and pieces. I also had a big table with an assortment of boxes, cardboard tubes and glue for model-making, and a small table with finger paint and sponges for painting directly on the table as well as on paper. And inside, I had pencils and paper on the dining room table for anyone who wanted a quiet place to sit and draw.
It was a lovely afternoon, the children were busy and happy, the adults had time to chat, the artistic creations were wonderful and there was, as always, a good satisfying mess. As well as painting and drawing, the children enjoyed climbing and swinging, scooting and riding bikes, and the inevitable bug hunting. The children were also very excited to find a nest with four eggs in, right inside the “talking bush.” This is a bush at the bottom of the garden which the children love to play in, and they think it is funny that from the outside we can’t see them so the bush appears to be talking. By the end of the afternoon, the model-making had become quite elaborate and there is now an extensive and luxurious Matilda Mae Bug Hotel in our garden! We will always remember Matilda Mae here, even if we show it in unusual ways.
We are also showing our support for Jennie and her family by walking a Mile in Memory for Matilda Mae tomorrow at the Rare Breeds Centre in Kent. If you would like to help, you can donate here to support the work of the Lullaby Trust, and you can buy something lovely in the Matilda Mae Memorial Auction which will be launched tomorrow. Sharing this post, and any of the posts I have linked to, would also help, so please do that too as much as you can. Thank you.