Natural fireworks for a “no bang” bonfire night!

Have a go at making some flaming twizzling twirlers for bonfire night!  38 fireballs-1

Thread brightly coloured leaves onto long sticks (dogwood is great as it thin and straight) Tie a piece of string around a small stick and cover with clay to make a ball.  Stick your bright leafy sticks into the ball to make a star.  Hang from a tree, twist and release.  Watch it spin just like a Catherine wheel

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This twirler was made by sticking lots of brightly coloured leaves onto a paper plate with PVA glue.  Once dry cut the plate into a snail/spiral and hang in the wind.

More instructions on fun things to do on bon-fire night look at “The Wild Weather Book”, The Stick Book, or the Wild City Book!

Our Dragon won an award!

“Quite Magical, but difficult to find” said chairman of The Oxford Preservation Trust as he handed us our certificate at the awards ceremony last night.  “Ahhh” we wanted to say, “how many dragons have you seen?  Dragons are never easy to find!”

If you are brave and want to try and find our dragon, here is a clue as to where she was last seen.

Clue: Start at the entrance of Magdalen wood, Oxford (Woodfarm entrance by the shops) and head into the deepest part of the wood.  She is hiding in there somewhere!

Here is a picture of the “team” proudly showing off our certificate.


From left Jane Gallagher OPA (Oxford Play Association) who came up with the idea of playful woodlands, Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks (Going Wild) and Stuart Turner (Land Artist and Dragon Creator)


Here are a few pictures of the last lucky children to get a ride on her back!

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Look what has appeared in Magdalen Woods, totally awesome!

Just look at these incredible sculptures and natural play things that have appeared overnight in Magdalen woods!

Many thanks to all the students of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, for being so creative and inventive.  Your work is awesome and truly inspirational.  Hopefully loads of people will have fun discovering their magic.

Relaxing on the dragon after all the hard work


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The Music Room











The Giant Mushroom












The Tin can rubbish bin!


Just Awesome!  Fiona entering another world


Beach art and games in the city

DSC02388 DSC02398DSC02374We had lots of fun in the sand today on the south bank of the Thames near London’s Royal Festival Hall.  Thanks to Muddy Puddles for inviting us to join them for beach art and games in the city.

Thank you to all the families who came along despite the rain.  We were so impressed by their creativity and imaginations – they made wonderful animals and aliens, huge funny feet, ball runs wrapped around trees and even a volcano. There are lots more fun ideas for beaches everywhere in the Beach Book.

We are still running our Funny Feet competition with up to 50 copies of The Beach Book to be given away.  Try making gruffalo feet, monster feet,alien feet, dragon feet, animal feet or fancy shoes for giants and tweet photos to @quartoplays with #funnyfeet for a chance to win a Beach Book