Who are the VYFWBP?

We are a friendly community group, run by parents, who meet every Thursday morning in West Bank Park, York. Whatever the weather, school hols included, we spend a couple of hours in the woods and meadows of the Park, doing nature games and crafts, building or making things with materials we find, telling stories and singing songs.

We are open to all - with a contribution of £1 a family (to cover basic equipment) - so if you want to join us, see you on Thursday at 10am at the statue of Queen Victoria, at the top of the Rose Walk. (Bring something simple to share at snack time.)

For more information contact Elly at: westbankparkkids@gmail.com

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Meet The Trolley

Yes, we have a new member - a wheely trolley to carry all our kit! In fact we never get to wheel it as our muscular three-year-olds covet this job. The Trolley (it has to have a capital T) lives in the park store and will enable us to start collecting useful resources for the children to have on hand every week - ropes, baskets, tarps, string, useful shells and stones, and so on. Please be in touch with any suggestions for what else we should buy to put in it.

This month the Trolley has provided tarps for us to sit and paint flags on (out of old terry nappies I fear); ropes to construct pulley systems to hoist things between trees, baskets to gather fairy-constructing materials. Thanks to all who made beautiful fairies out of sticks, clay, raffia, ivy, blossoms etc - they looked great as part of the 'Wonderland' display at Fiesta in Parliament St last weekend.

We have been asked to act as a case study for good practice in Early Years creative arts - very exciting - might mean we get a film made about us! It is not that we are mostly an arts group, but I think it is true to say we use arts (singing, stories, crafts, exploring natural objects) to help our children get to know nature and the park. So if you are approached to give an interview, please say yes!

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Our beloved Queen Victoria

Our beloved Queen Victoria
We sometimes bow to her before we set off into the woods!