Workshops

5 Daily Half Term Activities Online

25 – 29 May 2020
Online

Online and on Social Media

While we can't be together on the bowls green in Barking Park, we thought we'd share with you 5 daily family-friendly activities to hopefully brighten up your half term. Each day we'll share a new activity from a different member of the Company Drinks Team. Watch this space and social media, we'll be updating the activities every day from Monday - Friday ....

DAY 1 MONDAY : BOTANICAL COLOURS WITH ALICE

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The natural world is full of beautiful shapes, colours, smells and textures. We had fun creating these black and white line drawings from plants and flowers that we can see around us at this time of the year.

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There are so many ways to paint a picture. You could channel the illustrators of the past who prized accuracy of form and colour in a time when photography wasn’t common place. Or what about releasing your inner kaleidoscope and experimenting with  bright and vibrant colours?

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Download the Black + White botanical Grow Club Garden Drawings

For some hints, see our photos of ‘the real thing’ here.

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Thank you to Kimberley Booth for sharing her fantastic, creative, and uplifting art work with us. We are feeling inspired!

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If you are too then save or trace over our colouring in pages, and we’d love to see your creations on social media @goingpicking or email them to us on contact@companydrinks.info

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For some inspiration, we recommend looking at the work of artist Margaret Mee link:

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If you don’t have access to a printer, there are a few ways you can trace your own images. This short video is a useful quick guide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Aj5KaucX4

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DAY 2  TUESDAY : *BAD* LOGO ART WITH KATHRIN

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Have you seen our famous cola label? BAD?

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Do you know how it was made?
There was no computer involved. No Pencil.
No designer.
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We simply had a role of tape and 6 young people in a room
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We now want more versions of our famous BAD label….

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And are asking you for help!
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Can you create a new BAD logo?

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What you’ll need:

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We have used tape, so now we want to use other things you have in your home.
Here are a few examples for things you can use to “write”
– lego
– bananas
-pencils
– pasta

Here’s some photos of BAD Logos we tested out, for inspiration…..

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And here’s some other photos of materials you could try using, if you need a hint….

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We’d love to see what you come up with! Tag us on social @goingpicking or email contact@companydrinks.info with your BAD creations!

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DAY 3 WEDNESDAY : A MINI BEAST SAFARI WITH SHAUN

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Underneath the surface there is a whole world at work, come and check out the deeper life of the Grow Club garden in our short video.

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We have so many tiny workers living in our garden, and they all play their part in keeping everything growing and looking beautiful, we welcome all manor of life here in our garden…

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Which Mini Beasts can you identify in our video?

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Watch our video and see if you can spot:

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Ants

Bees

Snails

Spiders

Milipedes

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What can you identify outside for yourself, on your own Mini Beasts Safari?

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Get in touch and let us know what you find crawling around your nearest patch of grass or hedge….. We’d love to see your photos or videos on social media @goingpicking or email us on contact@companydrinks.info

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DAY 4 THURSDAY : PLAYFUL REMINISCING WITH PIP

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Team games may be off limits at the moment and with games like British Bulldog, tag and skipping ropes across the street often long gone in favour of computer games … sometimes finding things around the home to make into simple toys and games can be just as much fun.

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And going back in time is all it takes…

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What did children of yester-year do for fun? Ask your parents or carers what they, or even their parents, played with as children?

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Everything suggested here can normally be found around the home or recycling bin so why not have a go?

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Who remembers making their own fun with scraps “begged or borrowed” to produce a rickety go-cart?

Or making a tent over the washing line?

I bet if you don’t, your parents, carers or grandparents might…

The box from our new washing machine became my new house,  what kid doesn’t love a den?

An old tyre and some rope became a swing with a little help from dad and our apple tree.

Many of the happiest memories weren’t from birthday or Christmas gifts, but from Grannie’s dressing -up box, or mum’s cupboard.

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Food packets became a shop and a bowl filled with earth, a mini garden. A mirror for a pond, matchstick bench and stones for a path brought us hours of fun, especially if dad let me pick some moss and a few of his best flowers, (or ‘weeds’ as I now know them). I couldn’t have been happier if I’d won best garden at the Chelsea Flower Show!

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Simple treasure hunts around the home with notes and clues to follow can get even the laziest of us moving, especially if a treat is waiting at the end.

Each family member putting on a hunt with their own clues gets the brain working.

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What about ‘paper and pencil games’ as we called them; hang man, boxes and making lists of a subject, as many as we could in a minute…all good fun and totally free.

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Lots of older people may recall games such as ‘Tin Can Tommy’ or ‘Tin Can Alley’ so why not make your own version?

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Simply wash out and dry some used food cans (or similar sized containers), ensuring the edges aren’t sharp.

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Tape on a number and stack them in a pile.

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Throw a soft ball or rolled up socks and add up the scores of ones knocked over to see who wins over so many rounds.

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For extra laughs add a forfeit to some cans and if they’re still standing the thrower has to hop on one foot or sing a song as a penalty. This can be played in a hallway with the doors closed as easily as outside and costs nothing. If you want to, you can decorate the cans with markers or however you like and think up your own rules.

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For me, it was making things that I loved most, matchboxes glued together and decorated became treasure boxes for trinkets and dolls furniture. I remember a telly made from a cardboard box and hours spent drawing adverts and shows for my poor parents to watch as I sat behind swiftly changing the sheets of paper .

I was forever making puppets too, from anything and everything , putting on shows from crouching behind the sofa, the top as my stage.

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How about having a go at the simple puppets yourself?

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All you need are some simple materials and a little imagination. No rights or wrongs. I’m sure you can come up with your own ideas.

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Simply twist and bend some pipe cleaners to people shapes, you could make your family, or why not try animals? Simply attach to straws and you’re ready to go, decorating the figures with cut out paper or old pieces of fabric is an option.

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Cutting a picture from an old magazine and gluing to card to stiffen (an old cereal box is perfect). Adding a lolly stick to the back makes a great puppet, and any scraps of ribbon or lace can be added.

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If you have a printer and laminator, pics can  be printed from the internet and laminated, remembering to cut out the image before laminating, (not too close to the image before adding the stick). If you’d prefer, draw your own and colour with paints, pencils or felt pens.

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You can even with the addition of some paper fasteners, have moving arms and legs, the possibilities are endless!

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A little imagination and some junk and you can have  a real rubbish time!

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The last time we shared playful memories at one of our monthly Hopping Afternoons, we heard a brilliant poem from Vi, about playtimes…

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Playtime Back in the days of Going Hopping… video link

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We also talked about games we played as children and made our own versions of peg dolls.

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Hope you all have fun, Bye for now,   Scrimpy Pip.

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DAY 5 FRIDAY : MOLECULAR FIZZ  2 : KITCHEN RE-BRAND CHALLENGE WITH CAM

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Recently we shared with you a video tutorial on how to mix your own, new drinks flavours from ingredients you might be able to find round the house….

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Usually the next step would be to come up with a name and label design for our delicious creations…..

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We realise not everyone will have access to what’s needed for the drinks making activity, so we’ve come up with a slightly different Branding Challenge…..

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Lots of people around the country are having trouble getting their hands on food at the moment, so we’re not encouraging you to waste anything – instead – how about putting a smile on your families’ faces by *RE-BRANDING* the food products you can find at home??

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Watch Cam’s Molecular Fizz: Introduction to Branding Video Tutorial and then try coming up with some food and drinks brands of your own!

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You could name a whole range of products after members of your family?

Or try coming up with a name that just describes whats inside?

Or how about a biscuit named after YOU?

Is your product for people with a sweet tooth? How would you draw that?

Or what would FRESH look like if it was on a label?

Could you come up with the next PREMIUM cereal brand?

Or how about a line of products made in Barking and Dagenham (like our BAD cola?)

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Here are some examples of previous years’ Molecular Fizz drinks names and DIY Re-Branded home food and drinks products, if you need some inspiration.

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We’d love to see your creations on social media @goingpicking or email them to us on contact@companydrinks.info

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*Please ask whoever buys the household food shopping for permission before rummaging through cupboards, and only use products and packaging which are safe for you to handle.

 

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