You cannot imagine the excitement when we told the Moo's not only were they going to the beach to partake in some bush-craft, but we had to go on the chain ferry AND it was sunny!! I mean in mid-March after all the rain it really was the most beautiful day ever!
We arrived at Studland Middle Beach and were greeted by the smiling faces of Studland Sea School and ChelseaMamma and crew. Dan didn't even let us catch our breath before marching us down the hill under strict instructions to collect big sticks!
We built some pretty awesome dens using just tarpaulin, sticks, string and a huge dollop of imagination. Dan is really excellent with the children and considering we had children ranging from 13years down to 9 months he was able to quite cleverly tailor each activity to each child's needs/attention level/ability. Very impressed might need to get me one of these "Dan's". Charlie Moo and Kian (13) spent some time learning some knife skills. The piece of wood Moo chopped in half has come home with us as a prized item.
After we took down the dens (or dents as Megan calls them) we went down onto the beach and spent sometime searching for items in a laminated booklet the guys had made (I'm actually going to make one of these for the Moo's be great to pop in my handbag/rucksack on days out).
No day would be complete without a light snack! Dan showed the children how to make a simple bread mix using water, floor, herbs, bacon and for the brave some seaweed he'd collected the day before. The mix was rolled into balls, patted and popped into a hot pan on our make shift camp fire. Oddly it was quite tasty all the children nailed theirs (an expression in our home for eating all your dinner ;) ). On the dying embers the children toasted marshmallows – oddly us adults didn’t get a look in!!
We had a fantastic morning with the Studland Sea School Team and cant wait to visit them again!!
Images taken by Kara from Chelseamamma.This is a review we did not pay for this session.