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Schools out for summer – lets get crafty!


I can’t believe it’s already been six months since we opened to the public the WWF Experience at our Living Planet Centre (LPC). Since January we’ve welcomed over 10,000 visitors into the building which is incredible! But now that schools out, what does the LPC have in store for the summer holidays?

handcrafted toucan by pupils © Tristan Fewingshandcrafted toucan © Lizzie Goldsborough

We’ve loved welcoming local families to explore our world  – our Treasure Hunt is a great way for everyone to get together to explore the wonders of the natural world and the work we do to protect it. Watching the children enjoying their visit is great and it always makes me smile when I see a child’s face light up as they see one of their favourite animals in the Experience, or their amazement as they learn something they didn’t know about our amazing planet.

We also offer a lot more for families, and during the last six months we’ve run some hands on workshops in the school holidays. This Easter, we rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty with a bit of planting, using old milk cartons as our planters. I wonder how many of the lettuces planted actually managed to make their way to the dinner table!?

In May we took our activity up in size and families came in to help us create a work of art for the building. Thinking about the Amazon, the children – together with a professional artist and our learning team –  decorated a fantastic panda sculpture with all of their wishes for the environment. They also helped to create a beautiful Amazon themed mural for the Learning Zone. It was great to work with the children and to find out what it is they love about nature and why they want to protect our world.

The finished pieces are an inspiration to our school visitors taking part in our latest school workshop looking at the Amazon.

pupils with decorated panda © Tristan FewingsChildren decorating our Amazon inspired panda during May half term © Lizzie Goldsborough

pupils drawing the mural © Tristan FewingsChildren helping to create an Amazon mural during half term © Lizzie Goldsborough

Whats on this summer?

This summer holidays we have a host of craft activities for families to come and get involved in. We’ve taken inspiration from the wonderful creatures on our planet and the four Experience zones, and each week of the holidays we will focus on a different theme.

Week 1: 29 – 31 July

The Amazing Amazonian Rainforest. Design your own endangered animal wooden badges or create a fantastic multi–coloured paper plate toucan.

Week 2: 5 and 7 August

Go wild! Create your own wild animal mask using fibre pens and tissue collage. Select from parrots, chimps, tigers, rainforest frogs, gorillas and crocodiles.

Week 3: 12 and 13 August

Creatures of the river bank. Sparkling dolly peg dragon flies and snappy clothes peg frogs.

Week 4: 19 and 21 August

Explore beneath the ocean. Fun floating jelly fish mobiles and colourful spikey sea horses on sticks.

Week 5: 26 and 28 August

A walk on the wild side in the deep, dark forest. Our furry friends – bushy tailed squirrels and cute pine cone owls.

How do I book a place on a workshop?

If you fancy coming along to one of our workshops, why not find out more and book yourself on before they get full! All of our workshops are bookable in advance online or in person at the Living Planet Centre. All materials are provided and sessions are free (suggested donation £3).

Whatever you decide to do with your summer holidays, have fun but think about the environment around you too.

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