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

Monday, 14 July 2008

Busy washerwomen (and men)

This week we set up a little laundry right in the middle of the woods. The children got to work with a pile of rags (sorry, beautiful clothes!), a basin, and some soap. Each piece had then to be thoroughly wrung out and hung up on the washing lines we suspended between trees. It was a pretty sight to see them so busy, and closer examination revealed:
* 3- and 4-year-olds really conscientiously scrubbing, wringing and pegging away
* 2-year-olds trying their level best to copy them, particularly working on their pegging technique (it is not at all easy you know!)
* 1-year-olds mixing mud in the water, stirring it with big sticks, and then deciding it was time to go and race up and down some tree mounds instead.

Then we all learnt a German song, 'Die Fleissige Waschfrauen' (the busy washerwomen) with actions - some excellent pronunciation.
If anyone has any pictures of the session, please do post them up.

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Our beloved Queen Victoria

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