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Fun feelings Jenga at Soup Group

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A lot of fun and games had with friends this week at Soup Group beginning with a game of ‘feelings jenga’ where we each took a turn around our circle of friends to meticulously remove a feelings labeled block from the jenga tower.  We then patiently listened to when a time each of us felt ‘happy’ or ‘proud’ etc.  All of  which greatly improved our team building skills and confidence to share our emotions.  Excitingly we then moved on to a treasure hunt game where we foraged the garden and forrest for various random objects on the list such as something; stripey, smooth, blue and lots more.  All of which encouraged us to use our brains and observational skills to scour every nook and cranny of grass, soil, logs and treehouses in order to find the desired items which most definitely brought to the surface our competitive streak.  To continue our evening of activity we then had multiple games of hide and seek which depleted our energy and most definitely required some well deserved snacks.  A great end to an action packed day at the astro check out our photos here.  See you all next week!

 

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Nuture Group – teamwork fun

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This morning at Nurture Group we began with a frosty walk from our school to the astro (dogs included), warming us up for a day full of activities.  With a morning of teamwork and exploring ahead of us we began with checking up on our very own planted cress heads which are coming on slowly but surely!  We then monitored various other plants and flowers in the diverse poly tunnel such as the soon to bloom vibrant daffodils.  After meticulously observing the different range of vegetables, flowers and plants in the polytunnel we then took to the garden for some dog training.  In order to progress in our dog training abilities we practiced some new skills; we learned how to walk the dogs on the lead, we learned how to get the dogs to give us a high five/paw, which took some perseverance and we also continued to practice how to pet the dogs which the dogs (daisy and poppy) thoroughly enjoyed.  After all of our hard work we finished off with playing in the garden, exploring every nook and cranny of the forest and tree houses with our friends.  A great catch up with friends interacting and learning more about nature – well done everyone!

 

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Kids Cooking Classes – Custard Creams

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Our first week of Kids Cooking Classes started back this week!  We began with baking a recipe of home baked custard creams (much more delicious than shop bought).  Firstly we took our seats and tied our aprons tight in preparation for some hard work, beginning to make our biscuits we creamed the sugar and margarine together then folded in our delicately sieved flour, custard powder and vanilla essence until a roll-able dough was formed.  To get the perfect custard cream shaped biscuit we used our round plastic cutters to cut with precision before placing them on our baking trays.

We then started the process of making our very own custard flavoured cream by using a plastic cup and adding the following ingredients; custard powder, sweet icing sugar and rich butter.  Using a spoon we then combined all ingredients,  which was most definitely an exercise of its own!  Once we sat our cup of custard cream aside we had a break and chatted with friends which proved difficult as the smell of our biscuits baking in the oven filled the room with a sweet aroma.  As our freshly baked biscuits were brought out of the oven in all shapes and sizes, all that was left to do was to assemble the custard cream with our crunchy biscuits and then of course enjoy check out our photos here.  Some progression of skills shown this week a fantastic effort – well done everyone!

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Nurture Group – mini gardeners!

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Another fun filled morning at Nurture Group this week consisting of exciting outdoor activities with friends!  First of all we began with checking up on our previously planted tomato seeds in the poly tunnel, then with hand trowels, hand rakes and gardening gloves intact we went onto planting more bulbs in the fresh soil aswell as planting some fresh flower beds which we will observe over the coming weeks as they sprout from bulbs to beautiful flowers!

After putting our agricultural skills to use we began a game of hide and seek.  We set off running through the garden peering and ducking behind every facet of the forest and tree houses in search of the perfect hiding places – some successful some not so much! To finish off a great morning we raced back to school to get in our exercise for the day of course. We can’t wait for next week to check out the progression of our plants in the polytunnel! Well done everyone!

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Girls football club do their PlayMaker Award

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to watch the Beith Juniors Community Girls Football Team do their PlayMaker Award. This week’s activity was ‘Area Size’ – the girls were put into pairs of two with one ball between a pair they then had to meticulously pass the ball to each other the first pair to get to 5 passes had to shout a word one of the girls said, we had great fun with this shouting words like ‘Bingo,’ ‘Victory’ and ‘Unicorn.’ After each round each girl took two steps back until they were at opposite ends of the hall and again started to pass the ball to each other – this time the balls were going all over the room and no one was really in control.

After we gathered together to have a group discussion the girls talked about how difficult it got the further apart they moved as it was harder to stay in control and get the ball to their partner. They discussed what would be a good solution to their problem and decided that the younger girls were not to move back just the older ones and this seemed to work perfectly for them. The girls at the end had a great understanding of area size and different people having different capabilities. Well done girls.

Band Factory rising star!

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Today we invited Lily who attended our band factory sessions last year, to the office for a brief interview on her experience on performing live at the Barrowlands in Glasgow, whilst supporting the band ‘dogtooth’.

 

How was your performance at the Barrowlands? Can you sum it up in three words?

My performance at the Barrowlands was an amazing experience, I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity! in three words, I’d say it was incredible, surreal and inspiring.

 

Did band factory encourage/ help you to pursue your musical talents?

Band factory definitely helped me because before doing my first one in 2014 I had hardly any confidence in performing live, and the one in April last year was actually the first time I’d ever played guitar and sang for an audience. I think it gave me an opportunity to perform and to realise that it was something I loved.

 

What did you enjoy about Band Factory?

I really enjoyed working with others to put together a set list we all liked, and I especially liked with my last band where we would do covers of songs, but change them to fit our own personal style, I liked having the freedom to choose anything and seeing the hard work pay off at the end of the week.

 

How did it feel performing solo in front of a live audience?

It was terrifying to stand there completely alone and play, but it was so worthwhile seeing the audience’s reactions and I’m so pleased I was able to do it.

 

Did band factory improve your confidence in performing over all?

Band factory definitely improved my confidence, I remember my first band factory I hardly spoke to anyone for the full week and I didn’t even play my guitar for the gig, but now it’s my favourite thing to do! The constant support and encouragement of everyone involved has really helped me realise my passion for music and I think I’ve come out of my shell a lot recently.

 

Do you prefer performing solo to performing with a band?

I like both, as long as I’m playing music! I really like playing with others because it gives more depth to a song- when I’m playing solo I can’t incorporate harmonies or anything! but I love playing solo and relying on myself so I know if it goes badly or goes well, it’s just down to me myself.

 

Throughout the interview Lily agreed that our Band Factory group improved her overall confidence and improved her live performance skills, great answers Lily thank you!

 

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Discussing team size and playing tag at PlayMaker

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This week at PlayMaker with Beith Juniors 2003’s we worked on team size. We played ‘Toilet Tig’ for the first game one person was het and the other 10 were being chased it took ages for that one person to catch everyone. After this we changed it so 4 people were het and the others were being chased but this time within 20 seconds everyone was caught.

After we got our breaths back from all that running about we came in for a group discussion we talked about how both these team sizes didn’t work and it was unfair on the other players. When there was only one person het it was too much for that person and they had no energy left by the end but when there were 4 people all the other players didn’t get the chance to run. We discussed that the perfect number of players would be two het and the rest being chased. We talked about considering team size when we are coaching and that it can be different for all sorts of games but that we have to make sure that is fair for all players.

We finished off our session by playing the game with the amount of players we suggested and it was much better.

Astro Tots returns!

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Our Astro Tots has officially made a comeback!  After starting back this week, we kicked off with some warming up games with friends and then progressed onto practicing our football skills and techniques which we will of course, inevitably perfect.  Our training included; fun running drills to the small yellow cones and back again, then weaving the ball meticulously through the diagonally positioned markers, practicing our shooting skills by aiming then kicking the ball and watching it propel with velocity striking down the cones.  Our final technique of the day was to practice our header skills by lining up beside our team mates, awaiting our coach to individually throw the ball to each of us and then hitting it with force back to our coach again.  After all of our hard work and activities we finished off with a game of tag chasing each of our team mates one at a time around the sports hall lots of laughs all round – a striking success! See you all next week!

 

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Nurture Group – teamwork and tomato planting!

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With the sun making a shining appearance yesterday morning at Nurture Group we carried out a multitude of outdoor activities and practiced various new skills with our friends, all of which was made more successful by working as a team (dogs included of course).  We started off with building up our agricultural skills by planting some tomato seeds which we sprinkled thinly on the surface of good quality seed compost then eventually watered, after all of our hard work all that was left to do is to now watch them grow into fresh produce in the coming weeks so that we can enjoy!  We then moved onto practicing our dog training skills with Poppy and Daisy such as learning how to pet them properly and how to walk them on the lead which also, linked into our safe dog handling training – well on our way to becoming leaders of the pack! After a tiring morning of team work tasks and activities we finished off with nurturing the garden by watering the plants, an overall success in terms of learning new skills and working in a team with friends.  Well done everyone see you next week!

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Beith Juniors 2003’s start their PlayMaker

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Last night the Beith Juniors 2003’s football team started their PlayMaker award, the first qualification of the Sports Leader Awards. After being a little sceptical with huffs and puffs they really got into the swing of things and I might even have heard an ‘this was really fun are we doing it next week?’ This week’s activity was ‘What is a Leader’ – the boys had to form a straight line with the leader at the front. The leader would either run, jog or sprint whilst shouting commands that his team followed. Each of the boys took to the role pretty well and after everyone had a turn at being a leader we had a group discussion about what makes a good leader, what might have happened if they hadn’t done these things and what are the main leadership skills that we identified whilst doing the activity. The boys gave some good answers like ‘making sure everyone stayed in line so we didn’t crash’ and ‘project your voice so that everyone can hear what you are saying.’ They then decided on a couple of skills that make a good leader for example ‘making sure everyone is happy,’ ‘keeping everyone safe’ and ‘making sensible decisions.’

The PlayMaker award is a great introduction into leadership for pupils or students. The award focuses on developing leadership skills and I can already see some budding leaders in this course.

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Re-use and repair event

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This week at BCDT we hosted a Peer Learning Event solely surrounding the current issue that is climate change and focused on a theme of reusing and repairing which was held by the Climate Change Fund, (part of the keep Scotland beautiful charity).  Anyone connected to a community group that is taking action to reduce carbon emissions in the area was invited to attend – whether a member of staff, volunteer, board member or community member.  This event was and is an opportunity to bring awareness and action towards tackling climate change by celebrating the benefit that combining as a community has in terms of progress towards reducing carbon emissions in Scotland’s communities.

We took the time to walk around the garden and forest area focusing on the objects and projects that have been created from recycled matter such as; our series of colourfully painted wooden pallet benches outside, our large tire wheels which are used as seating, our poly tunnel where we grow a multitude of plants, vegetables and much more.  All of which contributes towards looking after our environment and encourages our community to make use of old resources which our visitors were thoroughly impressed with.  We shared many creative project ideas and discussed common problems which we believe will inevitably continue to breed awareness towards climate change in a positive fashion.  A fun and informative day for all who attended – an overall successful event!

 

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Nurture Group – Scavenger Hunt

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Today at Nurture Group we braved the cold and frosty winds in order to began hunting for specific objects in the wilderness!  Wellies and waterproofs intact we set off through the garden and throughout the diversity of the forest in search of our treasure hunt objects such as; sticks, round objects, blue objects and much more mysterious findings before gathering them in a pile as we went along.

Once we had successfully ticked off the items on our Scavenger Hunt list we then began using our ground chalks to express our creative talents by using our imagination to draw with a multitude of colours and shapes.  

As the adventurous goings on for the morning came to and end we then finished up by checking up on our wormery.  Luckily the weather did not dampen our spirits as we enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny of the wilderness – well done to all inquisitive adventurers involved!

 

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Crafternoon – Festive Fun

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Our Crafternoon classes are back!  Getting into the Christmas spirit early this year we started off with creating some coffee stirrer star decorations – oblivious of the mess to come – we set off merging together our wooden sticks with meticulous precision using pva glue.  Once we had a sturdy structure we were able to begin the creative process of tearing up a multitude of coloured tissue paper (mostly festive colours of red, green and yellow) and papering over the hollow triangle shapes.  To finish off our Christmas decoration we tied some green thread through the wooden sticks to create our finished project.

Using a method of recycling, reducing and reusing we began building the structure of our owl bodies from cardboard toilet roll cylinders by folding each end inwards in order for our desired shape to take form.  Now for the fun part!  Using our imagination we began building up the quirky features of our owls such as; some large comical googly eyes, vibrant coloured card wings, acuminated beaks and fluffy tissue feathers – all of which contributing to our uniquely crafted animals.   Well done everyone!

 

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Amateurs To Professionals – Kids Cooking Classes!

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Yesterday our series of bake offs came to an exciting end as we finished off our Kids Cooking Classes with baking a festive bread and butter dessert inspired by Christmas pudding – and it was delicious!  To begin we put all of our ingredients into our mixing bowls starting off with our dry ingredients; breadcrumbs, brown sugar, dried fruit and mixed spice we then combined those ingredients together with our butter, milk and eggs.  Using our wooden spoons – and strength – our ingredients eventually combined together creating a smooth consistency with our dried fruit laced through the sweet mixture.  Our ingredient of mixed spice consisting of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and more all supplied our bake with a certain spicy flavour.  With not much technique involved all that was left to do was to distribute our smooth, not yet pudding into paper cases onto our baking trays,  some spillages involved which only contributed to the homemade charm of our bakes.  With patience required, we waited on our smooth raisin filled mixtures transforming in the hot oven, into a sweet, slightly spiced bread and butter pudding.  Our last (but not least) session of Kids Cooking Classes was a soaring success, from amateurs to professionals – well done Chefs!

 

 
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A kind donation for a local boy!

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Beith Trust were happy to welcome Donna and Paul with their children Rosie, Eleanor and Alfie to receive a donation of Five Thousand pounds from Stephen and Angela Hamilton from the Corey fund towards an Eye Gaze.

With this donation their son Alfie will be able to get the assistive technology that he needs, this will help improve his ability to communicate his opinions. Donna says ‘He will be able to text me, play games and even use it to open doors.’ Stephen says ‘We are happy to be able to help Alfie.’

We look forward to seeing what Alfie will be able to achieve in the future.

Kids Cooking Classes – Savory Samosas

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This week at our Kids Cooking Classes we were faced with our most technical baking challenge so far – creating some flavorsome samosas.  The first steps in forming our vegetable samosas was to begin finely sieving the flour into our mixing bowls then, combining the water, egg and dry ingredients we began to weave the flour through the water using only our hands as utensils, eventually forming an elastic dough.  Using our muscles we started to roll out our pastry dough into our desired thickness in preparation for the shape cutting stage.   Once we had our shapes of dough cut and developed it was time to make a start on the delightful filling!  Using a fork, we began to mash together some potatoes, garam masala and peas until the vegetables came together as a mixture (which took more elbow grease than we anticipated) check out our photos here.  After all our hard work it was time to assemble our samosas by inserting the mashed vegetable mixture in the middle of the pastry, then delicately crimping the edges with our fingers to create the traditional samosa presentation – well done little chefs!

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Astro Tots – skills and drills!

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Another fun skill filled evening at Astro Tots!  In order to get warmed up we took part in numerous exercises consisting of competitive races where we gathered in a line among friends (or competitors in this case) and set off with speed.  Also to get our hearts warmed up we took part in running drills such as high knee jogs, extended leg skipping and more.  Learning to work together we marked ourselves at the cones then we meticulously approached and successfully passed the ball to our teammates.  We then moved on to our skills and drills where we practiced our pro techniques of touching the ball around the cones in preparation for the big shoot! And of course scoring.  With practice comes perfection therefore after our inevitable victory goals we moved on to a full game where we made use of our eagerly practiced skills in hopes of overcoming our opponents which involved; technical tackles, successful striking and diligent defence.  Check out our photos here.  Another fun week at Astro Tots – well done everyone see you next week!

 

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Baking Up A Storm

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This weeks cooking classes had a certain spark as we kicked off our baking with creating some firework biscuits – getting into the spirit of Guy Fawkes Night as we mixed together our basic ingredients of flour, butter, sugar and water. Once we had sieved, stirred and rolled out our mixture – and eventual dough – to perfection we began the process of inserting the blue food colouring into our dough and rolling into a sausage shape.  After this process we then sliced our dough, revealing a marvelous spiral firework shape!  Check out our photos here.  We certainly finished off this weeks class with a bang – well done everyone!

 

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Kids Cooking Classes – Pastry Cauldrons!

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This week at our cooking classes we got together with our friends to create some more spooky bakes in time for Halloween.  This week we decided to get our hands dirty and bake some bloody cauldrons!  In hopes that we would produce a smooth pastry dough we mixed all of our components together in our mixing bowls consisting of basic ingredients such as; flour, butter and water.  Once we had mixed everything together we began to roll out the mixture with our rolling pins so that we could eventually cut into Halloween inspired cauldron shapes.  Once we had perfected the shape cutting technique we placed our six pastry shapes onto our baking trays, forming into witch-like cauldrons.   After all of our hard work our pastry had become golden and risen in the oven, leaving only one last task to be completed – the blood (strawberry jam) distributing.  Check out more photos here.  Well done everyone another fun bake!

 

 

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Spooktacular Soup Group Fun

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This week Soup Group took a scary turn we started off with colouring in some scary pictures to hang on our walls – we coloured in everything from witches and cats to haunted houses.

Next we all took part in some ‘apple dunking’ it took a lot of tries for some of us to catch one, some of us got it on our first try and some of us found it to tricky and had to use a fork to catch one but in the end we all had a delicious apple to eat.

After we got put into groups of two and were given a pumpkin each to share and carve into some scary faces. It took a lot of effort to scoop all the slimy guts out of the pumpkins and then carefully use the carving tools to create our spectacular scary masterpieces.

After all that hard work we lit the pumpkins and turned the lights off to have our soup and tell some spooky stories.

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Kids Cooking Classes – Baking Utensils at The Ready!

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Our cooking classes are back! Just the thing for any little chef’s in your family.  Yesterday at Beith Community Centre we all got together and baked up a storm consisting of pumpkin scones and apple decorating – getting into the spirit of a fast approaching Halloween!  We started off by putting our dry measures of flour, baking soda and brown sugar into to our mixing bowls, then adding the butter, pumpkin and egg we began to mix together with our wooden spoons – elbow grease was unfortunately required.  Once our mixture had eventually come together, we began to roll out the dough with our rolling pin using our muscles to create a flat dough in preparation for cutting into our desired shapes.  After all of our hard work all that was left to do was to patiently wait on our dough shapes transforming into fluffy risen pumpkin scones in the oven (easier said than done).  As the sweet smell of our scones drifted from the kitchen we knew our hard work had paid off; perfectly shaped and delicious scones to take home.  Check out our photos here.  Well done everyone, see you next week for another bake off!

 

 

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Train Like a Pro

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As the boys and girls geared up for another session of pro training at football camp they began with some skillful keepy-ups; balancing the ball with precision in order to shoot the ball repeatedly into the air without it hitting turf on the way down, as the saying goes “what goes up must come down” is certainly not the case in this skill of training.  Moving onto another vital drill of training we proceeded forth to the marker cones and with using the inside of the foot we shot the ball with force, propelling it straight into the back of the net.  A clean shot!  And of course followed a multitude of well-deserved victory celebrations.   Another essential expertise needed to become a pro is the ability to work well within a team, we thoroughly practiced this skill by partnering into teams of two and passing the ball between each other, touching the ball with the foot as it propelled and arrived at our feet.  Then, using the inside of the foot to then pass it back to our team mate as efficiently as possible. To see our pro’s in action check out our photos here.  Well done everyone! One step closer to becoming a professional.

 

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October Play Scheme – The Finale Of Fun!

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As the October Play Scheme came to an exciting end we finished the week off with a day packed full of activities.  Firstly learning to work in teams within our sports we started off with a morning of scoring, (with success) in hockey (including victory dances), as well as a game of dodgeball which, needless to say brought to front our competitive streak.  Last but not least of the Play Scheme series of events we followed onto an afternoon of bouncy castle fun, dancing with friends and more sports of course.  Where we ducked, dived and bounced till our hearts were content; keeping fit and having fun a winning combination!  Another successful October Play Scheme taken place at Beith Trust.  Many new friends and memories made with lots of laughter and smiles all round – a great end to a week of fun and entertainment for all involved, thanks everyone!

 

Bugs and Beasties Galore!

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This morning we gathered in preparation for a marathon of activity – a bug hunt!  As we proceeded to the astro turf we started off with team building exercises.  Our diverse garden of wildlife creates a home for all of nature which we pursued on our hunt today.  To tick off our checklist of mini-beasts we explored every inch of the garden using our hunting tools; a magnifying glass, bug net, and bug jars. We turned over rocks, shining a ray of sunlight upon many oblivious earth worms and woodlice (or as the children referred to them – rollie pollies) holding them captive in our bug jars before setting them free again – it’s safe to say we ourselves aren’t timorous beasties! After we had collected our squirming earth worms, beetles and spiders we gently picked them up and closely observed their distinctive features; their protruding antennae, transparent wings and their copious wiggling legs for more photos check out our facebook.  Another adventurous and exciting day that took place at Beith Trust – well done everyone!

 

 

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October Play Scheme – Ready, Set, Go!

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Staying active whilst having fun today at Beith Trust as we joined together on our quest for the treasure hunt objects!  This morning we gathered together in teams in preparation for our spectacular treasure hunt – another event in our October Play Scheme this week.  With meticulous care we peered high and low for our desired treasure hunt objects, scaling the murky grass, blooming flower pots and tree houses.  Through searching tires, trees and forest we successfully found our treasure, well done team!  As the morning came to a close we used the last of our energy for a game of tunnel tag another fun and activity filled day at Beith Trust.

Our October Play scheme – Time to Scavenge!

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Adventurous events taking place at the Beith Trust October Play Scheme! Today we had an activity filled morning consisting of sports such as dodgeball and an exciting scavenger hunt which left us with some head-scratching and puzzled expressions check out the photos here.  Where the kids used their thinking caps whilst having a blast.  They also used their initiative to focus closely and see the environment in a different light to find specific objects on the scavenger hunt list such as; a heart-shaped rock, a stick with two leaves and a rubber band etc.  Hunting with our eyes and creativity only we explored the autumn leave-filled forest floor, leaped over logs, and conquered the what seemed like mountainous hills leading up to the tree houses. Through doing this fun activity we also learned to work positively in a team by sticking together and using each other’s creative ideas to complete the task at hand.  By scouring every nook and cranny within the forest and garden we had successfully ticked off and completed the scavenger hunt list  – well done everyone!

Magnificent minibeast hunters

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We had an excellent day hunting for bugs with our bug hunting equipment. We had a checklist to work through and tick off and w searched everywhere, under rocks, behind branches and in little hiding places so we cold spot spiders, slugs, ladybirds and caterpillars. We had magnifying glasses, bug boxes and some bug nets … though we were very careful not to hurt them and to put them back safely. We learned some cool facts about bugs like … beetles can glow in the dark, butterflies taste with their feet and ants can carry up to 50 objects at any one time! wow! We then made some bug houses for our bugs and gave them shelter, food water and somewhere to rest, and then we added some new features to our bug hotel! Great work everyone! 🙂

Kids gardening workshop

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Last night we had 10 mini gardeners come along and help us with our plants and vegetables. We started by planting some sunflowers and learned some things about them such as the tallest sunflower ever was grown in Germany and grew to 27 feet high! Next we made some planters from recycled plastic bottles and hung them up on a fence that we made from recycled wood, we talked about how this helps the planet as well as looking very cool! Then we went into the polytunnel and harvested some lettuce, cabbage, celery and runner beans and we weighed them so we can work out how much CO2 we have saved through growing our own food. We leaned some facts about these foods such as cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables in the world and lettuce was 1st grown by the ancient Egyptians. We also learned that carrots are a root vegetable like beetroot and turnip and that carrots also come in lots of different colours including white, red and purple! Then if our hands weren’t mucky enough we went out and built our very own fairy garden … we even saw a fairy hiding under the flowers! To finish we decorated one of our garden benches with the words “no act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted” which was a lovely message to end on. Thanks to everyone who came 🙂

Soup group fun

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Last night we had great fun at soup group! We started by making boomerangs from recycled cardboard, then we tried throwing them … with some interesting results! Then we made some creative natural art from leaf prints by spending some time searching for leaves in the woods of different textures, shapes and sizes and printing them onto paper in different, bright colours. We were very impressed by the results!

Afterwards we played some parachute games and dodge ball and then enjoyed some delicious soup and marshmallows on the campfire! Big thank you to Alison Nobel for making the soup, it went down a treat! Same time next week everyone for some more fun and games!

Gateside primary help us tackle climate change!

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Yesterday, as part of our carbon project we were lucky enough to be invited into Gateside Primary School to talk to the whole assembly about our Food Waste Challenge. If you haven’t heard about this yet we are challenging the whole community to reduce their food waste by 15% which means that we reduce our carbon emissions significantly. How? There are some small changes we can make to our daily lives such as making a shopping list so we aren’t tempted to buy extra food, storing food correctly, making creative meals from leftovers, planning portions correctly and eating food before it goes out of date! Why do we care? According to the figures published by love food- hate waste, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year, the majority of which could have been eaten! It costs us £12.5 billion per year (about £700 per family per year! And don’t forget about the environment, as food rots it releases CO2 and contributes to global warming, by reducing our food waste we can make a difference – the  equivalent of taking 1 out of every 4 cars off the road! For more info check out www.lovefoodhatewaste.com or to take part in our challenge contact us at Beith Trust. The challenge is simple, all you need to d is tell us about your food waste before and after following the guidance and we will calculate your carbon emissions savings for you!! Call us on 01505 228141

Creepy Crawlies take over soup group

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Last night we welcomed some play rangers from Eglinton Country Park to join our soup group fun. We had a great time with them and they helped us do a bug hunt in the garden. We had large magnifying glasses and bug boxes and we found all sorts of creepy crawlies including worms, spiders, caterpillers, slugs, butterflies, ladybugs and even some frogs! We learned a wee bit about them … for example, did you know there are more different kinds of beetle than any other animal on the planet? Afterwards we enjoyed some delicious soup on the fire made kindly by Karen Ronald and some delicious apples picked from the apple tree in Sara Harvey’s garden … thanks guys!! And of course some hunting for the perfect stick for marshmallow toasting was great fun!!

Beer Festival Success for Beith

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On Saturday the 29th August the doors opened to Beiths’ very own Beer Festival. Ian Martin a local CAMRA member says “It was a festival for all, it included the whole family, face painting for kids and a kids zone, outdoor area, music all day from acoustic, rockabilly, rock, food of great quality, and a group of volunteers that put everything they had into making the day a success.”

The festival was a sellout. 11 kegs of real ale and 4 boxes of cider sold out completely – Beith drank the bar dry! Local musicians and great homemade food made it a really enjoyable event. Throughout the 8 hours we were open over 500 people visited and enjoyed real ale from all over Scotland.

It really was a fantastic day and we hope this will become an annual event becoming even bigger and better next year.

Streetmeet in the sun

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What a fabulous day at the streetmeet in Lomond Crescent on Saturday! Well done and thank you to Kathryn, Mhari, Gordon and Steven who put so much effort into organising the event and making it a success. There was a lovely sense of teamwork and community spirit and it was great to see so many people there. The kids had a ball playing on the bouncy castle, playing sports, doing arts and crafts, playing parachute games and having their faces painted, transforming them into their favourite characters. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food that everybody brought along to share and told stories about living in Lomond Crescent over the years which was really nice! It was also really nice to see people getting to know neighbours they hadn’t had the chance to meet before, everyone was in good spirits and the sun was a very welcome addition to the day.

If you would like to organise a streetmeet for your street then get in touch!

 

Geilsland becomes reality for Beith Trust

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Geilsland campus

Community dreams and aspirations for Geilsland Campus are now becoming reality as the Scottish Land Fund announces today (8 September) a handover of over £1/2 million to Beith Community Development Trust. Thanks to an award of £512,200, Beith Trust will now be able to purchase Geilsland House and School Campus, and secure its future as a community asset. Beith Trust would like to thank the Scottish Land Fund for funding this project. Working with the community we hope to position the campus as the ‘Gateway to North Ayrshire’. Geilsland Campus will enable the delivery of a range of local economy boosting activities such as business incubator units, accommodation and the provision of training opportunities and creation of new jobs.

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Pizza creations

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We had a blast last night making homemade pizza from scratch! 12 kids came along to learn some cooking skills and had great fun mixing ingredients, rolling dough and making some creative faces out of our yummy healthy toppings. It was great to see the little ones gain confidence, and also to hear from our previous little chefs about the meals that they have been making at home since developing their culinary skills. Check out the pics of their masterchef masterpieces !

Kids melting marshmallows on fire

soup group hilarity

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We had a great time at soup group last night! We started with a team relay race where kids were given letters and had to explore the garden to find items starting with that letter until the whistle was blown which was the cue for coming back to get the next letter, the team at the end of the game with the most correct items written down was the winner … but somehow the teams managed to tie! It was great to see the weird and wonderful things they came up with to gain extra points! We then played the magic welly game which involved getting the team from one side of the radioactive material to the other with only one pair of protective welly boots that couldn’t be thrown across, again it was great watching the kids problem solve and come up with different solutions to the problem. We then played a blindfolded game where the kids had to put their hands in a bag and feel an item, guessing what is was – an interesting game with some unusual suggestions! Thanks to Sara Harvey who made us some delicious soup which we enjoyed with some marshmallows and a fun game of sharades. Same time next week everyone!

Alex Neil Visits Beith Trust

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Beith Trust are delighted to host a visit from Alex Neil MSP,  the  Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners Rights to Beith Astro today.

He took the opportunity to launch the Town Centre Communities Capacity Fund  and  commended Beith Trust on their regeneration work within Beith.

He discussed the work of Beith Trust  with local  parents, young people, school representatives, members of the board  and volunteers who explained how the work of the Trust has benefited the local community and he enjoyed a tour of the polytunnel, astroturf, eco-hut, outdoor shelter and reviewed the Trusts’ community consultation document.

Soup group fun :)

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Last night we were building on our further ‘young leader’ sessions. This is a progression from the playmaker award qualification that some of our kids have already earned and others are working towards. This session involved a discussion on safety … how a session leader would make sure the activity was safe including equipment, area and participants. We were very impressed with some of the answers the kids gave, showing their thoughtfulness and awareness on this subject has really developed through these sessions.

We then had some great fun in the garden, playing some searching games and then playing I spy around the campfire. We enjoyed some delicious vegetable soup kindly made by Irene Broughton which went down a treat.

Same time next week and spread the word for everyone to come and enjoy the session as we have a guest coming next week who is keen to speak to everyone involved In this project.

Soup group’s desert island

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Last night we had great fun at soup group! We started with a ‘who wants to be a millionaire’ quiz in which the kids were split into teams and nominated a candidate to come forward and answer question a question on a topic such as maths, geography, science, language or nature. They had 2 lifelines, either a 50:50 or a clue. This was a lot of fun and saw the competitive streak come out in everyone!

Next we played a thought provoking game involving the following scenario:

They are on a sinking ship with 10 other people, a rescue ship is on its way but there is only space for 8 other people so 2 must be left behind. They are given a choice between a teacher, a policeman, a postman, a young child, an old lady, a priest, a doctor, a convicted criminal, an artist and a chef. After long discussions about who they would leave behind and a final list was made I gave them some further information about each person that drastically changed their opinion …

For example, the doctor is retired due to injury and cannot treat people anymore, the convicted criminal is an ex soldier with great hunting and defence skills, the artist used to be a builder, the old lady is a great cook and is trained in herbal medicine, the postman has specialist survival skills qualifications and first aid training and the chef is great at cooking but is very greedy and won’t share food.

We asked the kids what they learned from this exercise, the answer was not to judge people too quickly or make assumptions about how valuable somebody can be. It was very touching to see them come to this conclusion.

Kids around campfire

soup group learning new skills

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We had great fun last night at soup group! The session started with each kid being given a secret praise word which they had to integrate into the following games. This was a word of motivation or encouragement for other players and the aim of the game was to use the word as often as possible in context and then at the end the others had to guess what the word was. Rebekah impressively used her word 10x!

The first game was football, followed by an interesting game of the human knot. The first version was the normal game, but we then added some different elements such as one hoop racing the other with either prizes for those responsible for overtaking, or forfeits to the person with the hoop that gets overtaken! We then discussed how we rated the games on fun and why … with a strange result … the kids liked the threat of a forfeit more than the possibility of winning a prize, going against learning theory science.

We then split the kids into girls and boys and asked them to tell us what they think are the 3 most important things in a game. They came up with some great ideas like good sportsmanship, rules, understandable instructions and fun. Very impressive how tuned in these kids are!

We then made some cool arts from paper plates and then had some delicious soup on the campfire … thanks Alison Nobel, it went down a treat! And thanks also to Sara Harvey for the cake … and to Robert for serving it to everyone! The featured pic is when I asked the kids to show us their perfect smile!
See you all next week!

Weather Watching at Carbon Crib

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weatherOur kids are getting more and more interested in their natural environment the more we learn and have noticed some unusual weather for this time of year. Leaving school for summer holidays in pouring rain brought up some questions and we decided to be our own scientists and track our weather system.

Each kid made a weather monitoring chart for a month of the year at our session last night and we are keen to track the weather including temperature, wind speed, rainfall, snowfall and episodes of thunder and lightening but also the effect that has on the environment around us, for example what kind of plants grow in these conditions, what kind of animals like this weather and what kind of food can we grow…

Our little scientists will bring you results as we gather our data …

Film Fest at Beith Astro

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Well the weather certainly wasn’t on our side for an outdoor cinema yesterday but we had a great day all the same. Thankfully we had a plan B and had an indoor space to transform into a cinema to kick start the summer holidays. The kids all arrived full of excitement and picked from a selection of funny films to match the mood. They selected Meet the Robinsons, a film about a brilliant young inventor called Lewis who takes us on a futuristic exploration of a new world, full of imagination and surprises. This film didn’t disappoint and had the kids laughing (and us at times too).

But you can’t have a cinema without popcorn and snacks right? Thanks to Jennifer, we enjoyed some delicious home cooked ad healthy snacks which went down a treat … we even had homemade popcorn! Great afternoon, look out for our next event!

Another Awesome Soup Group for All!

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Another great Soup Group last night down at the Astro, we had a night of arts and crafts and awesome games inside the eco-hut. We had a very creative time making decorative bowls by blowing up balloons, covering half of them in glue, sticking tiny pieces all over them and waiting for them to dry. All of our young artists made beautiful creations as always and had a great and super messy time doing it! Once they were all finished we left them to dry and played some activities and games together like, Chinese whispers, charades and of course the old classic eye-spy! The weather may not have been great but we all had fun and of course we all got to have a nice cup if soup! There’s lots of fun things planned for next week and we look forward to seeing you all again.

Super Cereal’s final mission

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Today saw the end of an era with our last breakfast club session before the summer holidays … but we didn’t let this dampen the mood, we had as much fun as ever … we even wrote a rhyme about the weather:

“Breakfast club is fun,

we go outside and play every sunny day

But when its rainy, it’s a painy

So we have to be inside today”    Very funny!!

We brought out one of our rainy days games … a favourite … twister! This is always a lot of fun, with a real competitive streak emerging!

We finished by creating our very own breakfast club superhero! The kids always have some genius ideas and today these included the ability to breath under milk (rather than water), an egg shield, the ability to shoot cereal at people, cereal goggles, a spoon as a sword and an invisibility cape!

We asked the kids for feedback on what they liked about breakfast club .. they gave us a huge list of things, too many to mention but they included things like “It is fun”, “it makes the morning better” and “I look forward to coming here” and we also got a nice thank you card

Hopefully see you all again after summer!

on your marks … get set to school

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Breakfast club was great fun this morning! It all started with some favourite tunes and a sing along with cereal … and some funky dance moves from Andrew!! The kids are all in good spirits, excited about the idea of only a few more days left at school!

We made the most of the sunshine by playing hide and seek in the woods with the kids finding some new and impressive hiding places. Ryan’s champion hide and seek title was being threatened by the others today but these kids are becoming evermore competitive!

The walk to school was full of fun with the kids wearing their schoolbags backwards and entering into a relay race in teams on certain parts of the walk with Ryan and Esme winning by a millisecond!

Last day tomorrow before the school holidays so lots of fun planned … don’t miss out!

musical magic at Beith Astro

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Last night we were lucky to be joined by some wonderful musicians who showed off their talents entertaining us around the campfire. It was a great evening, the weather was on our side, everybody pitched in to help with chopping firewood and food preparation … a big thank you to everyone who brought something for the BBQ, it was al delicious! The entertainment included some favourites by Oasis, Greenday and some country classics that got everyone engrossed in the music and even joining in singing at times! The musicians and singers were brilliant, capturing everyone and creating a lovely atmosphere that brought so many people together. Well done to Rose who did her first ever solo and blew us all away with her beautiful singing voice! We also had some wonderful duets and it was great to see some improvisation and creativity happening between a group who are bonded by music. The good vibes weren’t constrained to the campfire area though, as we were looking around we could see people on the football pitch dancing and the kids playing up in the woods singing along too. … And let’s not forget the marshmallow madness … nothing beats toasting on an open fire! A big big thank you to everyone who joined us last night and especially to the guitarists, violinist, singers, drummer and Gillian Ritchie who organised the music for giving up their time and making the night so special. Check out our pics on facebook.

 

Virtual tour around the world of food

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Last night saw an end to our current block of cooking classes and we are very proud of what our little chefs have achieved!

This session involved us taking a virtual trip to the Philippines to see how rice is grown and cultivated, giving us a real sense of appreciation for the work farmers do and how valuable and precious our food is.

Running with the theme of grain we made some delicious oat biscuits, a simple recipe with delicious results! These little pros knew exactly how to follow the steps, sieving, mixing, rolling and baking to perfection. As the biscuits were baking away, filling the whole building with that home baking smell we took some time to learn about different types of grains, where they come from, what they look like and what we can make from them. Very interesting to learn about some of the foods we eat everyday!

We would like to thank the wonderful Jennifer for sharing her skills and knowledge with us over the last 6 weeks and we can’t wait for the next block to start.

Keep up the good work little master chefs!!

We had great fun at soup group last night! The session began with a game of pop up dodgeball which always brings out a competitive streak in everyone! We then played a dangerous game of cat and mouse which resulted in all of the mice being eaten and then we played another game called splat which helped to keep the kids on their toes and improves observation and timing skills.

We then played a game called cups and saucers which involves 2 teams, some with normal standing cones and some with upside down cones, with the aim of the game to have the cones turned in your teams favour when the time is up. This is a great game which helps to improve team work.

Before our soup on the fire, we went into the eco hut, split into pairs and drew our perfect world! We illustrated what we would like in our world and what we would rather not have if we had the power.

These were the ideas they came up with:

We would like: Rainbows every day, more sunshine, the moon to be a disco ball, more chocolate, multi coloured stars, real life unicorns, more oxygen, wish trees, world peace, more bouncy balls, more kind people, more animals, more bikes and scooters and more people smiling. Sam also drew a happy land which looks like a lovely place to live.

We would not like: Unkind people, violence, poverty, carbon dioxide, bullies, litter, less rain and less sick people (unhealthy).

Sounds like a nice world to me, hope some of these kids stand at the next election !!

Thank also to Alex who made some delicious soup from vegetables we grew here in our very own polytunnel … it went down a treat and helped us as a community to reduce our carbon footprint !!

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Breakfast club in a spin

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Since the sunshine was hiding this morning, we hid from the rain and let the kids demonstrate their artistic skills. The opportunity to improvise is always welcomed and is great for us to get an insight into how our kids express themselves. Today we had some lovely pictures from the girls ranging from drawings of nature and starts from favourite films .. and the boys took a slightly different approach designing and decorating model aeroplanes … although we think the turbulents may have been too much this morning!

Our walk to school was filled with balance exercises and one of the kids’ favourite to date … spinning all the way up the red brae hill … I hope they are not too dizzy to learn in class today!!

Only 1 week left of breakfast club before the summer holidays so why not bring your little one down to try it out and see how much fun we are having!!

Cats and mice take over breakfast club

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This morning we had a new breakfast club recruit and the kids had great fun showing Andrew the ropes!

After our usual Tuesday morning breakfast chat, sharing all of our exciting stories from the weekend (and the kids guessing Claire and Lisa’s ages just to ruin our day) we made our way out onto the pitch to play some energising games! The favourite game of the morning was cats and mice … a game where the cats have to chase the mice and catch their tails. This was exciting and competitive with Callum demonstrating his impressive speed, outsmarting all the cats!

Despite everyone being puffed out we still had the walk to school to tackle and as always this walk is no ordinary walk. Today’s challenge was to weave through the railings and still make it to school on time … and as you can see from our picture this challenge was happily accepted.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s fun …

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