Workshop

#512 

Picnic

Workshop inspired by a summer picnic – a Workshop for Groups

Taster

Making Kites

Gentle kite making activity

Method /

Preparation:

  • Cut out cardboard into the shape of a kite - you need to cut out enough so there is one for everbody who will be taking part.
  • Cut tissue paper into long strips - enough so that there are about 5 for each person who will be taking part.
  • Decorate one or two kites yourself so that you have examples to show the participants.
  • Lay out all the materials ready for when people arrive.

What to do:

  • Invite people to make a kite out of cardboard - show them the ones that you have made as examples to give them ideas.
  • Let people choose how to decorate their own kite using the materials that have been provided.
  • As they are working it can be nice to play gentle music in the background to set the scene
  • Once they have decorated their kite invite them to choose a few strips to use as the tail. Help them to attach their tail using tape, or let them do it on their own if they prefer.

When everybody has made a kite:

  • Look at all the kites that people have made.
  • Which ones do people particularly like?
  • Has anybody ever flown a kite?
  • Where did they fly it?
  • What is it like flying a kite?
  • What kind of day does it need to be?
Image Credit: www.cleverpatch.com.au
Image Credit: www.cleverpatch.com.au
What you will need /
  • Cardboard cut into kite shapes
  • A selection of coloured pens and pencils
  • Stickers and other things to decorate kites
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Tissue paper cut into strips - various colours
Playlist available /

Warm Up

Kite Flying

A gentle physical warm up to music

Method /

  • Explain to the group that you are going to fly your kites together.
  • Being by asking the group what conditions you would need to fly a kite.
  • And where might you got to fly a kite?
  • Then think of ways that you could move the kites that you have made through the air.
  • As a group try a range of different movements, encouraging people to come up with ideas themselves.

Movements that you could try:

  • High up.
  • Low down.
  • Fast.
  • Slow.
  • Like the kite is in a strong wind.
  • Like the kite is hovering on the wind.
  • Like the wind has dropped and the kite is falling out of the sky.

Next:

  • Put on some music : Sky Full of Stars is a great piece of music to use.
  • Begin leading the movements that you have already tried but now do them in time to the music.
  • You can start off leading, then maybe invite others to have a go of leading if they are keen to give it a go.
What you will need /
  • Paper kites that the group have made
Playlist available /

Focus

Let’s Go Fly A Kite - Singalong

Upbeat singalong with movement

Method /

  • Hand a copy of the songsheet to each person in the group.
  • Ask if anybody recognises the song.
  • Go through the song line by line reading the words as a group - this is a great way to be sure that everybody is happy with the lyrics and familiar with all the language.
  • Next take the lead and sing the song through line by line - explain that you will sing the line then people will repeat it. You don’t need to be a great singer to do this! Just confident enough to hold the tune so that other people can learn it.
  • Once you have done this sing the song through together.

You could also:

  • Add movements to support your singing.
  • Maybe think of a different movement to accompany each line of the song?
  • Take the lead to go through the song line by line.
  • Read each line aloud and invite the group to think of a movement to go with it.
  • When you have decided upon a movement for each line repeat the whole song supported by your movements.

End by:

  • Singing the song once more, but this time accompanied by the music from your playlist.
What you will need /
  • A copy of the lyrics for each person in the group
Downloads available /
Playlist available /

Main Activity

Setting the Scene - Picnic Day

Create a picnic inspired scene using words and pictures

Method /

Begin by:

  • Laying out the blanket on the floor or table so that everybody in the group can see it.
  • Invite everybody to lay the kites that they have made around the edge of the blanket.
  • Also lay out the picnic inspired props that you have got.
  • Leave space on the blanket to lay out pieces of paper containing stories that people tell, or anything else that is said during the activity.
  • Write down everything that people say during the discussion.

Then:

  • Explain that now you are tired from your kite flying you are going to think about having a picnic.
  • Where would be the best place for the picnic to take place?
  • What would you bring with you on the picnic?
  • Who would you like to be there for the picnic?
  • What would you eat?
  • What would you drink?
  • What other things would you do on your picnic? Like play games, watch birds, pick flowers…
  • What animals and plants are there around your picnic site?
  • Who else may you meet whilst you are having your picnic?
  • As people respond to your stimulus write down or draw everything that they say.
  • Add all of the ideas to the picnic blanket.

End by:

  • Reading back all the ideas and stories that have been shared.
What you will need /
  • A picnic blanket
  • Cardboard kites that the group have created
  • A selection of picnic inspired props if you are able to find any: a picnic basket, a sun hat, some napkins, a bottle of cloudy lemonade...etc....
  • A pile of white paper or card
  • Some coloured pens or pencils

Main Activity

Picnic Food Tasting

Sensory activity tasting picnic foods

Method /

Before the session:

  • Prepare a couple of different picnic foods for people to try.
  • You will need a couple of different ones.
  • Ideas include: a selection of little sandwiches, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, quiche, cloudy lemonade.

What to do:

  • Present the different foods that you have gathered to the group - write down everything that the group say about the food as this will be used to make a piece of creative writing.
  • Begin by looking at the whole spread of food.
  • Which food do people recognise?
  • Which do they like the look of?
  • Does the food look tasty?
  • Next ask the group to pick the food that they would like to eat. Offer everybody in the group a sample of that food.
  • As they eat it ask what it tastes like?
  • What does it remind them of?
  • How would you make that food?
  • What is the texture as they handle and eat it?
  • Is it a food they have eaten before? Where did they eat it?
  • Go through each food that you have got asking similar questions.

Then:

  • End the activity by reading back the words that you have written down - this will take the form of a simple poem.
  • Ask the group if they can come up with a name for the poem that they have created.
  • Read the poem one final time, or ask somebody in the group to read it.

What you will need /
  • A selection of picnic foods
  • Paper towels or napkins so that people can clean their hands
  • Pen and paper

Warm Down

Kite Flying Finale

Upbeat exercise to end a session

Method /

  • Invite the group to fly their kites one more time.
  • Use Lets Go Fly A Kite as backing music, or choose another piece of music from the playlist.
  • Fly kites in time to the music with movement as a group and as individuals. You can use movements that you have come up with before, or improvise to the music that you choose.
  • End the activity by inviting everybody to throw their kites up into the air, then to give themselves a round of applause.
What you will need /
  • Paper kites that the group have made
  • Upbeat music inspired by your theme