Little Muddy Boots Turns 5

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I’ve written about Little Muddy Boots on my blog before, so it is little surprise that we’re fans. Actually, we’re such big fans that Aria’s 5th Birthday party was a Muddy Boots party.

Logan with Hannah Brewer-Luckhurst from Little Muddy Boots
Logan with Hannah Brewer-Luckhurst from Little Muddy Boots

If you haven’t come across them before Little Muddy Boots are outdoors gardening and forest school classes for children. They run pre-school and nursery classes for the under 5s and forest school sessions on the holiday for older children. They also run a family style class on Saturdays.

Aria playing in the mud garden at Little Muddy Boots
Aria playing in the mud garden at Little Muddy Boots

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to attend their 5th birthday party. Little Muddy Boots is run by a friend of mine Hannah Brewer-Luckhurst and I remember chatting to her when she was setting the business up, so it really is amazing to see her and he business doing so well 5 years later.

Bodhi with a Bumble Bee Balloon
Bodhi with a Bumble Bee Balloon

So what can you expect from a Little Muddy Boots of class. First of all, be prepared. The class will go ahead whatever the weather. If it’s raining bring your waterproofs and if it’s sunny your hats and sun cream. Trust me, your children won’t care and there is some small shelter as well as hot drinks for the adults on those rainy days.

Aria after having her face painted as a unicorn
Aria after having her face painted as a unicorn

The classes are fun, nature inspired and encourage children to embrace their creativity. From a purpose built mud kitchen, with different instruments so children can make water runs, muddy cocktails, the works.

All activities as you would expect, are based around nature, but creatively so. During the party Logan made his very own cross bow out of wood, the children made bumbles bees out of pine cones and collected flowers to make headbands. In previous classes we have attended there has been painting, leaf rubbing and making clouds in little cups. It’s lots of fun, hands on and teaches children all about nature and the world we live in. I think Logan’s favourite activity this time was being able to hit crab apples with a mallet and watching them explode! There was also face painting in honour of the birthday celebrations.

Also in celebration of their 5th birthday party, Little Muddy Boots also had a family yoga session from Magical Yoga Tree. Magical Yoga Tree specialises in running yoga classes for children and families. I actually really looked forward to this session as I had thought it would be something my children would enjoy and I wasn’t wrong. The class was cheerful and adapted for children of all ages. It was a short session, but it touched on mindfulness and gentle yoga exercises. I was a particular fan of the exercise where children had to breathe out and shoot scarves into the sky.

Aria sat around the fire at Little Muddy Boots
Aria sat around the fire at Little Muddy Boots

As is often the case, the finale of the Little Muddy Boots class was the campfire. Nothing to capture children’s imagination like an open fire. Which is very carefully managed in order to avoid any accidents, don’t worry. The children got to heat pancakes over the open fire and eat berries with them, as well as marshmallows for s’mores.

Roasting marshmallows over an open fire
Roasting marshmallows over an open fire

Little Muddy Boots is a really fantastic, nature inspired class. Going again a couple of weeks ago reminded me just how much my children loved it and I am going to book us all onto some Saturday sessions in the future and Bo onto the toddler classes when he is old enough. If you live in the local area I would highly recommend them.

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