Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Saplings colour sessions

Our Saplings colour sessions are aimed at children in their early years. Colour is a concept that young children can relate well to. It fits with the ever changing seasons and colour is happening all around us. Each session highlights a different colour each week and correlates it to what is happening in the world outside.

Each of our sessions are carefully written and developed to suit children ages 2 - 5 years and to use sensory and natural arts, play and discovery.



Each session has 2 activities; music; toys; songs and a story which  focus on the colour.  
1 of our activities is an adult and child shared activity, this focuses on developing fine motor skills and encouraging creative interaction. It is also a great way for adults to learn new skills too!

Most of the materials we use are sustainable, ethically sourced, taken from nature or community raised.

Start of session
We have a relaxed and calm structure which is child led.
Adults and children are invited to join us at the start of the session and we encourage children to practise a small amount of brain gym. This helps to focus the children and bring us together.
We briefly explain the colour for the week in line with what is happening in the natural world and show examples of the activities for that session. 

We explain how to make the activity and any risk factors for adults to consider.

Each session is individually risk assessed.

End of session
Adults and children are invited to join us at the end of the session for a story or a poem and songs relating to the colour of the week. 
We sing the rainbow song every week, to celebrate colour, with our rainbow wand.
Finally, we give a mission for the week and discuss the focus for the colour for the next week.

The sessions last for 1 hour.  

Sessions are term time only.






Comments and feedback from parents and carers 

"Love the emphasis on nature."

"My children have been introduced to different environmental concepts and experienced new sensations they would have never experienced at home."

"My child has learnt more about the world around her, 
 very friendly and lots on offer."

"Local, friendly and affordable."

"There is nothing like this in our area."

"We would love more sessions!"

"My child has learnt how to develop creativity and co ordination."

"Fantastic craft ideas looking into nature, given me good ideas  of how to teach nature in a fun way."

Sessions will be filled on a first come first served basis.
We really look forward to seeing you at one of our future sessions!

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012


By having the opportunity to be creative you are having a positive impact on lots of other personal elements, in your life. 
Your senses are being stimulated, well being and quality of life is being improved, new skills are being developed, skills are being shared, self confidence is being built on and a healthy mind is being promoted. 

We have been providing "craft and chat" sessions and working with parents, who link with the children's centres. Parents learn new and different skills each week, whilst their children are looked after in the creche provided. This is a 1 1/2 - 2 hour session and we find the difference in people taking that time out for 2 hours a week is amazing!

Some of the feedback we have received from our craft + chat sessions so far:

"Enjoyed everything we made, and had a laugh with all the other girls!"

"Was lovely to have a break from my children."

"Really enjoyed the last few weeks. Thanks Nicola + Paula xx"

"I'm going to miss the craft + chat. Can't we do it all again?"

"Thanks for the opportunity to do this course!"

Each session has a fantastically relaxed and friendly atmosphere, whilst parents are taught new craft skills and techniques. We have covered crafts such as felt making, sewing, embroidery, rag rugging, weaving, book binding, fabric printing, paper craft, jewellery making, making from clay, all to name but a few.

"Had a nice time, very therapeutic."

"I really enjoyed going on the sewing machine, I was a bit scared at first but Paula helped me which was nice!"

"Surprising myself with what I have achieved."

"Find the craft, chat + laughter very therapeutic."

"The projects we have done have been relatively simple but very effective and are great for people of all abilities, especially non crafties like me!!"

"As a result of the sessions I am finding that I have been inspired to be more creative."

"When I was invited to the sessions I was very wary and a little reluctant. I also suffer from depression and I try to avoid new situations and people. I had absolutely no need to worry! Paula and Nicola are very easy going, lots of fun and great teachers."

Monday, 6 February 2012

Recycle til your hearts content

Hand felted heart
Here at Sponge Tree we will be celebrating February with love in the air. Hearts are a fantastic starting point for any crafter. So go on have a go at creating your very own recycled hearts!!
Heart printed fabric

Rag rugged heart

Hand sewn retro fabric heart

Recycled heart picture frame

Recycled paper hearts
Crocheted heart

Heart wreath

Button heart

Pare heart decoration

Paper decoration

Heart paper bunting

Recycled heart crayons

Recycle tin can hearts