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

The Treehouse School – putting the environment at the heart of learning

Treehouse School

We felt priveleged to meet the people behind The Treehouse School at the premiere of a short film about their inspiring school.  This alternative non-fee paying school is designed around children’s needs and interests and deeply committed to outdoor learning and the environment.  They believe that children are entitled to memorable childhoods where learning is fun and individuality is valued.  For further information see

Going Wild at London’s Natural History Museum



Going Wild joined in the Natural History Museum’s Bat Festival on the 6th July, with lots of families coming along to make bats and all sorts of other creatures including birds, monsters, giraffes, ladybirds and, of course, dinosaurs!  Thank you to the Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden for inviting us to be part of their event.

Look at my dinosaur!



Can you roll or catch an egg without it breaking? – Easter holidays “Screen free” challenge No 11

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Easter “Screenfree” challenge no 11 – Challenge your friends and family to an egg rolling or egg catching competition 

Out for an evening walk to enjoy the increased evening light we came across a group of cub scouts throwing painted hard-boiled eggs down the hill.  Some eggs broke quickly (much to the delight of the red kites which swarmed down to gobble them up!) and others seemed to survive throw after throw.  Much fun being had by all; it felt like the beginning of summer.

How about upping the stakes this Easter?  Why not roll eggs that haven’t been hard boiled?  Or play a game of egg catch.  Can you catch that egg without it breaking?!

First frost!



The first frost of the autumn made this morning’s walk really magical; cold days can be just perfect for getting outdoors.  For lots of ideas for things to do in rain, wind, ice and snow look out for Going Wild’s “Wild Weather Book”.