Discovery Sprouts – Outdoor Adventures

Oglee Poglee is fiercely proud of its team and so it’s a pleasure to introduce you to Discovery Sprouts, a new children’s outdoor activity experience set up by our very own arty explorer Bizi and her friend Laura.

With two boys I am no stranger to the outdoors and the benefits is has on my children’s general well being.  A good run around, some fresh air  and a chance to freely explore nature should not be underestimated.   Hands-on learning in a natural environment helps children grow in confidence and self-esteem. They can problem solve, try a new challenge and just be free to imagine.

Discovery Sprouts encourages families to discover the great outdoors and the adventures it offers.   With Bizi and Laura guiding the way children and adults can  jump, squelch, climb, shout and be free!  All the while accompanied by a rumpus of music, theatre and story telling.

Imagine a theatrical outdoors adventure where you and your children can get completely involved in a story.  Music adds atmosphere and imaginatively placed props, temporary installations  and crafts can be discovered along the way.  It sounds a real experience and knowing how creative Bizi is I can guarantee it will be.

So if your family is in need of a large dollop of squelchy fun check out Discovery Sprouts.

Bizi will be a running a regular weekly meet-up in Amersham, Bucks, starting in September and there will be monthly pop-up events for the more immersive, theatrical experience.

Martha’s Bespoke Birthday Party

What is a bespoke children’s party I hear you say?  Well it’s the wild ideas and make believe adventures that your child dreams of brought to life by the Oglee Poglee team of arty adventurers.

Martha was turning 7 this year and her mum approached me looking for a party that would make Martha’s dreams come true.  The brief was simple, to make sure Martha was the focus and that she could wear her favourite blue dungarees!   So we got our thinking caps on.  After discussing a few possible ideas with mum the party theme was set and friends were invited to “The Giant’s Tea Party”.

The party started with Martha reading out loud a letter written  to her by the Queen. The royal letter announced that Britain was in danger and the Country needed her help. A giant was on his way and the only way to prevent him trampling the land was to distract him with food.  Lots of food!  The queen was hosting a tea party for the giant and it was Martha’s job to discover what the giant liked to eat and get everything prepared.  Cool hey!

After a quick fact finding game we discovered that our giant loved cupcakes, cocktails and sandwiches.   So Martha and her friends got to work straight away making foam clay cupcakes, paper sandwiches with ketchup and some very frothy cocktails.

Naming your cocktail was a highlight and made us all giggle.  I wonder if giants like “poo powder”, “sprinkle drink” and “caramel fizz”!

I loved designing Martha’s party, the children loved the theme and worked together as a team to create a table of pretend food that any giant would have eagerly  gobbled up.

“A brilliant party from start to finish, thanks Claire!  Martha and her friends had a great time and I enjoyed putting my feet up watching you do all the hard work!”  Helen, Berkhamsted

 

To have an Oglee Poglee party designed for your child do get in touch.

 

 

 

 

Bespoke Children’s Birthday Cakes

Amanda Bradford Cake Design is a kitchen studio specialising in custom handmade cakes.   I met Amanda on the school run and since then she has become my go to lady for amazing cakes.  Not because she is a dear friend but because she makes all her cakes from scratch using the finest, fresh, natural ingredients and the taste is amazing.

There are low sugar and vegan options which have been a saviour for my family gatherings where everyone has different requirements. The elderflower, yogurt and pistachio cake is gluten free and absolutely delicious. Perfect for the centre piece at my mum’s recent big Birthday celebration.

So if you are looking for a children’s birthday cake that tastes as delicious as it looks then get in touch with Amanda Bradford.  Together you can create the perfect birthday cake for your child’s special day.

www.amandabradford.co.uk

What to Put Inside their First Art Box

Children are born creators, and they love being given a sense of responsibility – so what could be more exciting than being given their very own art box full of tools and materials to craft whenever they like!

Here’s what to include in their first art box:

Quality crayons

Even the youngest creative can have a go with crayons! They’re safe, uncomplicated and can be used for drawing, colouring, and interesting rubbings. We recommend going for a high pigment brand (like Crayola or Lyra) so you get a nice clear mark without too much pressure.
Chunky crayons are also a good choice as they reduce the risk of being snapped by over enthusiastic artists.

Colouring pencils

Pencils are the go-to for older children but there’s no reason a toddler can’t start out with pencils, under supervision. Pencil use helps them practise their pincer grip from an early age. Great for illustrating, sketching and colouring larger shapes in.  A pack of graphite sketch pencils is always nice too. Ideal for observational sketching and to practice letter-like mark making.

Sharpener & rubber

Don’t forget a simple sharpener and rubber to keep their pencils sharp. Pre-schoolers will love being trusted with the job of sharpening their pencils, and it’s a great activity for fine motor development.

Felt-tip pencils

Perhaps another obvious choice, but not to be overlooked. Felt-tip pens are great for drawing on cardboard and other craft materials where crayons and pencils just won’t show up. Perfect for adding detail and personality to creatures and characters they’ll inevitably make.

Watercolour paint

Every art box needs some paint! Watercolours are brilliant for providing paint possibilities without the instant mess of poster paint or finger paints (as they’ll need water to ‘work’).  For a fun technique to captivate little minds, try drawing secret shapes and messages with a white crayon on white paper. Then let them try a magic reveal by using their watercolours over the top.

Paintbrushes

Don’t forget the paintbrushes! It’s always best to invest in a quality set to avoid the frustration of brush hairs left on their artwork.

Self-inking stampers

Stampers are available in sorts of shapes and symbols, giving children the instant satisfaction of creating an image with one movement. Self-inking stampers save on mess as they come with a lid and don’t require a separate ink pad.

Papers and card

Give your child a mixture of papers and card that can be used as the basis for endless masterpieces. Plain white paper is a must, but you could also include: coloured paper, coloured sugar paper, coloured tissue paper, metallic paper/foil, wrapping paper, card, and envelopes.

A sketchbook

What child doesn’t love being given their own notebooks and pads just like yours? For younger children you may want to go for a cheap and cheerful option they can scribble their way through. While older children may appreciate an artist’s sketchbook with watercolour paper.

Stickers

Stickers provide hours of entertainment on their own! But left in their art box they’ll soon become robot buttons, monster eyes and important finishing touches for their latest work of genius.

Ruler and stencils

Plastic stencils can help guide your child’s illustrations and aid in the creation of shapes and structures they can’t quite manage free-hand. A ruler is a basic art box essential too.

Pompoms & Googly Eyes

For those who can be trusted with small parts, pomp oms & googly eyes are a fun addition they’ll love! Great for popping on both 3D sculptures or adding to pictures.

Scissors

If the idea of handing your child their own pair of scissors makes you nervous, you’re not alone. But there are plenty of safe kids scissors on the market, designed for as young as 3 years old and designed to only cut paper – meaning other belongings are safe too.
The more access to scissors your child has, the faster their scissor skills will develop and the more confident you will both feel.

Glue

No kids’ art box would be complete without something for all that sticking! PVA is great for bulkier collages and 3D crafts while a glue stick will do just fine for scrapbooking and adding lightweight details to paper. For best results, choose a reputable adhesive brand (like Pritt) as supermarket sticks often lack holding power.

Does your child have their own art box? We’d love to see them with it in action. Tag us in your Instagram pictures using #ogleepoglee

Why not pop a pre-filled craft party bag in as a surprise treat too!