Can you find a quiet space?
We will help to fill your quiet space with tales of fantasy, mystery and wonderment of the natural world which surrounds us.
In this space your minds can go wild, following tales of woodland creatures, magical potters and broken-hearted brioches…
So, sit back and relax with the kids (or on your own!) and let us take you on a journey back to nature….
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“Here is a collection of stories and poems I have written over the last few years. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed writing them. These stories and poems can be listened to by children and adults of all ages and the best way to listen is to listen together.” – Rob Dart
The Tale of Old Molly Bloom by Rob Dart
Molly Bloom was a simple potter who loved nothing more than spending time with her beautiful family until one day she discovered a magical clay….
Worms by Rob Dart
Have you ever held a wriggly, squiggly worm?
Did you know a worm breathes through its skin?
Worms are a vital part of our ecosystem, munching on decaying leaves and turning them into fresh poo for the trees and plants to feed on.
The Brokenhearted Brioche by Rob Dart
When inadvertently burned whilst being cooked on the fire a brokenhearted brioche goes on a deep journey of self discovery.
The Woodland Folk dwell in the woods and forests all around us. This particular bunch of forest dwellers are:
Male bog troll who demands respect by giving it
Female pixie who is always kind
Female fairy who likes to teach and learn
Male elf who likes to grow things, be it community, plant life, minds or spirits.
Their names are Celtic and are derived from our principles at Wild Souls of Respect (Urram), Love (Gaol), Learn (Ionnsaich) and Grow (Fas). Follow them on their adventures to learn about building strong communities and deep connections with the natural world around us.
Urram’s Den by Rob Dart
Urram the bog troll, has been picked on and bullied since he was a small child, until Bobby comes along…
Activity 1 – Den Building
Can you build Urram’s den? What are you going to build your den out of? Will it be an indoor den or an outdoor den? Will you be sleeping in it?!
These are all of the questions to ask your children (ok, ok, yourself!) once you’ve finished listening to the Urram’s Den story (above).
Remember to let the children decide what they want to do and how they want to do it. Let them make mistakes, offer up suggestions but don’t take control. It will be a longer process but hey, we’ve got the time at the moment and the children will learn much more from it.
You can use knots and lashings, go away and do some research yourself beforehand so you know how to do them. A clove hitch and square lashing would be good starting points.
Once you’ve built your den please do share your constructions with us on our Return To Nature Community group and if you’re not already a member please do come and join us!
Activity 2 – Make a Friend
Is there somebody that you don’t usually talk to? Is there someone you know who is shy? Why not sit with them and have a chat. You’ve probably got a lot more in common with them than you think! Just remember how Urram felt and what Billy and Gaol did for him. Could you be like Billy or Gaol?
Activity 3 – Angry Urram
Can you get Urram’s favourite stick? Place a stick or any other object a couple of metres in front of ‘Urram’. Urram must stand with his eyes closed facing away from the stick. The rest of the group should try to sneak up and take Urram’s favourite stick. If Urram stirs and catches you though then you become Urram, the mean, old, nasty, scary bog troll!
How did Urram feel at the beginning of the story?
Which of the Wild Souls principles did Gaol show? What does Gaol’s name mean?
Why did Urram talk to Billy?
What did Urram do to bring the worms to the surface? Why?
Ionnsaich and the Foxglove by Rob Dart – COMING SOON!
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