What are they?
Through this pandemic and the lockdown many more of us have found nature to be a place of release and a salve to our souls. Those of us who have gardens, or have been able to exercise in 'wild' places can feel the benefits.
Our experience at Neroche Woodlanders tells us that making things - crafting and creating - is a good way to focus and still busy minds and occupy bored hands. This focus can take us away from worry and into a more positive place. Making beautiful creations gives us joy. They don't need to be perfect, just good enough. Making things with natural resources brings added mindfulness and goodness because of different textures, smells and colours. Learning happens along the way, as part of the play. Not everyone has access to nice resources, and as times get financially harder, more families are finding it difficult.
What is in a Pack?
Each pack has two or three activities depending on what materials we have been working on or is in stock. Examples:
- Making a bee mobile using pine cones
- A weaving frame using sticks and grasses and wools
- A Friendship bracelet maker with wood/threads
- The Boat/Float challenge made of bark and sticks
- Stick Person making and story
- Teddy/toy den kit
- Spider making with clay and sticks
- Nature crowns
Each one comes with instruction sheet, all the resources needed including a couple of felt pens. We always add 'wood cookies' for making name badges. Items are out in little paper backs inside bigger papers sacks. The bags can be returned, recycled or used for more making!
Packs are especially good for families who find it hard to get out in nature or don't have many resources or ideas at home.
How to get a Pack
For Lower Income Families
For referrers of families in the Blackdown Hills or wider Taunton Deane area
For families who have a child with a disability