Wyevale have several garden centres across the country and they run activities during school holidays to help us parents
We attended a Wildlife Week session entitled "Pollination Station". Set up in the middle of the garden centre, we and a small group of children were given plant pots to decorate. There was a lovely selection of craft materials, some lovely pens including glitter gel pens (who doesn't love those? Like glitter but less messy!) and cute animal themed stickers. The boys had a lovely time sticking stickers all over their pots and getting a bit glittered up.
We are now waiting for our seeds to sprout and the boys are very excited about what will grow. Currently Grandma is looking after our pots. She is the green-fingered one in the family and we look forward to seeing what grows in the coming weeks! The seed mix includes flowers that insects and bees love, hence the title "Pollination Station". We've all heard how our bee population is suffering so activities like this are great. Good to give nature a little helping hand!
The session lasted about 15-20 minutes and the cost was £2.50 per child to cover the costs of the materials etc. I think the length of the session was good. Especially for a child like Felix. Towards the end of 15 minutes he was itching to get away.. Ethan could probably have stayed drawing on his pot and doing some colouring for a lot longer, but he is six, not two! Bearing in mind we've come away with two sweet pots and (in time) some flowers for the bees to enjoy, I think it was good value for money.
To inject a bit of real life into my review, I would like to share with you the reality of doing an activity like this with a child like Felix. The fact is that after a short period of time, he will get restless and run off... Thank goodness I am able to leave Ethan whilst I chase Felix. Felix being Felix, he managed to escape at speed. When I finally caught up with him I found him wielding a hammer in one hand and a pen knife in the other. Don't ask. After our activity we went to the cafe where he proceeded to climb onto someone else's table whilst they had gone to get some cutlery. Before I could grab him he had pinched their fruit scone and was making quite a messy dent in it. Embarrassing doesn't cut it. Let's also not forget when we visited the loos and he posted his glove into a sanitary bin. So. Much. Fun.
Did we enjoy the activity? Yes. Would we do it again? Yes. Should I ever have another child? No. NO NO NO.
Thank you very much Wyevale. Hope you've manged to clear up after Felix's visit!