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A free event in this Saturday at 16:00. For more details plz see our facebook.com/abmcuk page and the attached poster in it.
A multinational and Multicultural event #BurnsNight celebrating in more than 80 nations worldwide in memory of Robert burn to celebrate Robert Burns Birthday. We are celebrating the same event here with diverse communities in Aberdeen. The main aim is to promote native Scottish Cultures with Immigrant communities. The Robert Burns works have influenced to different International communities like Bengali, Polish, Ukrain, Romania, Jamaica, Caribbean, Canada, USA, Australia & New Zealand etc. This event is to explore local immigrant communities talent perform Robert Burns poetry and share the Scottish traditional cultures.
Good slo-mo of Mandy leaf-throwing!🍂🍁
Slo-Mo leaf showers at today’s Mud Pies class!
Had a great morning.thank you!!

Run, splash and puddle jump! Engaging activities in Aberdeen, Scotland, for families and children to

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30/06/2021

Here's a fab opportunity for all you who came to Mud Pies when you were little but are now off to or at secondary school (and live in the city)! A fab way to have fun outdoors and add something interesting to your cv - your teachers will love that! Feel free to share!

We have a small number of spaces available on our new Junior Ranger programme!

Now priority booking has ended this programme is available to any young person of academy age living in Aberdeen.

The sessions will run fortnightly over summer starting this Saturday (3rd, 17th & 31st July 14th Aug.) Then the 1st sat of the month for 8 months. We will be based in Hazlehead and run from 10am - 1pm.

To attend this FULLY FUNDED programme you must:
😀 Be of Academy age living in Aberdeen.
🌳 Have a strong interest in wildlife and conservation.
⏰ Be willing to commit to attending most sessions.
🎓Be keen to learn and engage with a group of like minded people in a variety of activities based around the environment, conservation and land management.

If you know a young person like this and would like them to be involved email us at [email protected] this will be a first come first served opportunity and spaces are very limited so get in touch with us ASAP 🤞

21/06/2021

Hi All, just a quick update from me on my (lack of) summer events. Sorry not to feel more gung ho in running activities during the hols!

Hi All, I had hoped to have some good news for you about my summer events. Sadly after considering many options, I've decided against running any activites. For two reasons:
1 - I couldn't think of a way to follow guidelines and make the experience something worthwhile and fun. July in Aberdeen is also a rainy month and I would have to put up 5 tarps to keep us all distanced. Strangely, there aren't actually enough trees near each other in any of the woods I use to be able to do that in a practical and sociable way!
2 - infection rates seem to be going up again. It would really bother me if you were contacted to let you know someone at one of my sessions had tested positive and that you may have to isolate. The impact of this on family life is pretty far-reaching and whilst I truly believe kids need to be outdoors I also don't want the fun we've had to end up with you having to stay indoors altogether for more than a week, especially in the holidays.

I'm really sorry about this. I may go slowly mad not being out in the woods with you all but I'll remember our previous good times and look forward to (crossing fingers) next summer instead! Mandy Tulloch xx

21/06/2021

Hi All, I had hoped to have some good news for you about my summer events. Sadly after considering many options, I've decided against running any activites. For two reasons:
1 - I couldn't think of a way to follow guidelines and make the experience something worthwhile and fun. July in Aberdeen is also a rainy month and I would have to put up 5 tarps to keep us all distanced. Strangely, there aren't actually enough trees near each other in any of the woods I use to be able to do that in a practical and sociable way!
2 - infection rates seem to be going up again. It would really bother me if you were contacted to let you know someone at one of my sessions had tested positive and that you may have to isolate. The impact of this on family life is pretty far-reaching and whilst I truly believe kids need to be outdoors I also don't want the fun we've had to end up with you having to stay indoors altogether for more than a week, especially in the holidays.

I'm really sorry about this. I may go slowly mad not being out in the woods with you all but I'll remember our previous good times and look forward to (crossing fingers) next summer instead! Mandy Tulloch xx

Hi All, I had hoped to have some good news for you about my summer events. Sadly after considering many options, I've decided against running any activites. For two reasons:
1 - I couldn't think of a way to follow guidelines and make the experience something worthwhile and fun. July in Aberdeen is also a rainy month and I would have to put up 5 tarps to keep us all distanced. Strangely, there aren't actually enough trees near each other in any of the woods I use to be able to do that in a practical and sociable way!
2 - infection rates seem to be going up again. It would really bother me if you were contacted to let you know someone at one of my sessions had tested positive and that you may have to isolate. The impact of this on family life is pretty far-reaching and whilst I truly believe kids need to be outdoors I also don't want the fun we've had to end up with you having to stay indoors altogether for more than a week, especially in the holidays.

I'm really sorry about this. I may go slowly mad not being out in the woods with you all but I'll remember our previous good times and look forward to (crossing fingers) next summer instead! Mandy Tulloch xx

15/02/2021

Next outdoor holiday activity and this one should taste good too - pancakes for tomorrow!
A few years ago I went to the woods with 50 kids to make pancakes so had to come up with an easy way to measure everything out. This is now the only recipe I use whether indoors or out. All you need is a picnic cup and 6 ingredients. It makes about 12 drop scone-type pancakes.

1 cup self raising flour
1/4 or 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Mix it altogether in an bowl to a thick consistency and taste for sweetness. Drop tablespoons into a pan and that's it! Works well both indoors or on a lovely cosy camp fire.
Enjoy!!
Mandy Tulloch.
Ps - if you're really into outdoor pancakes a griddle is a great piece of equipment. You can also make a tripod by tying 3 sticks together. Hazel works brilliantly but I think bamboo canes would be ok too!

Next outdoor holiday activity and this one should taste good too - pancakes for tomorrow!
A few years ago I went to the woods with 50 kids to make pancakes so had to come up with an easy way to measure everything out. This is now the only recipe I use whether indoors or out. All you need is a picnic cup and 6 ingredients. It makes about 12 drop scone-type pancakes.

1 cup self raising flour
1/4 or 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Mix it altogether in an bowl to a thick consistency and taste for sweetness. Drop tablespoons into a pan and that's it! Works well both indoors or on a lovely cosy camp fire.
Enjoy!!
Mandy Tulloch.
Ps - if you're really into outdoor pancakes a griddle is a great piece of equipment. You can also make a tripod by tying 3 sticks together. Hazel works brilliantly but I think bamboo canes would be ok too!

13/02/2021

I've been loving the snow drifts today but it's too windy sadly for fires. Here's something a bit more spooky instead - a snow ghost! Make a tall-ish pile of snow, scooping out holes for eyes. Add some tea lights and have some after dark snow fun tonight. It is Saturday after all!

I've been loving the snow drifts today but it's too windy sadly for fires. Here's something a bit more spooky instead - a snow ghost! Make a tall-ish pile of snow, scooping out holes for eyes. Add some tea lights and have some after dark snow fun tonight. It is Saturday after all!

12/02/2021

The light from the fire in the snow is amazing if you make a snow fire at night!

12/02/2021

Long weekend snowy project!! If you've already made a snowman and igloo how about a snow fire?!! It's really easy.
1 Build a big cube or mound of snow. This needs to be at least knee high and the size of a milk crate but can be up to 2m x 2m if you feel like. Pack the snow down so it doesn't collapse. Pat it all together quickly or take your time sculpting the perfect cube!!
2 Make a fire on top. Put a layer of sticks on the snow then the kindling on top of that so that it's slightly insulated to make it easier to start. Keep your sticks no bigger than thumb-thickness. A bag of the kindling from the supermarket is perfect for this.
3 The fire will obviously melt the snow sinking its way down into the snow to make your very own snow fire bowl. These are fun to play with tomorrow too!
4 Marshmallows optional!!

Long weekend snowy project!! If you've already made a snowman and igloo how about a snow fire?!! It's really easy.
1 Build a big cube or mound of snow. This needs to be at least knee high and the size of a milk crate but can be up to 2m x 2m if you feel like. Pack the snow down so it doesn't collapse. Pat it all together quickly or take your time sculpting the perfect cube!!
2 Make a fire on top. Put a layer of sticks on the snow then the kindling on top of that so that it's slightly insulated to make it easier to start. Keep your sticks no bigger than thumb-thickness. A bag of the kindling from the supermarket is perfect for this.
3 The fire will obviously melt the snow sinking its way down into the snow to make your very own snow fire bowl. These are fun to play with tomorrow too!
4 Marshmallows optional!!

27/01/2021

Calling all fairy lovers! Here's an online event for you by LittleBon - looks fun! Mandy

I think our little ones deserve some fun and magic during this second, cold winter lockdown so I am running this fairytastic on-line event again to give them something to look forward to and hopefully bring a little joy to their day! ✨🌈💖✨

You and your little fairies are cordially invited to join The LittleBon Fairy Tea Party! 🧚‍♀️🫖

Hosted by the littleBon Food Fairy herself, during this unique on-line event your little ones will learn how to blend a very special fairy tea and learn all about its magical health powers along with making some yummy no bake fairy bites! There will also be songs, games and storytelling to make this event extra fun! 😍

Included in the ticket price will be an extra special fairy mail package delivered directly to your doorstep by the littleBon fairy * which will include the following:
- Fairy wings
- Fairy wand
- China teacup
- 5 different loose tea ingredients with tea bag
- All dry ingredients for fairy bites
- Fairy mail letter
- Fairy tea and bite recipes and information

Please message us to get your tickets. Only 15 available so don't delay. The LittleBon Food Fairy looks forward to meeting and greeting you at this magical event! 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️🧚🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️🧚

Suitable for ages 4+

* Hand delivered fairy mail only available for the Aberdeen area. Any tickets booked out with the area will have an extra £4 delivery charge.

Photos from Mud Pies's post 23/01/2021

One of the great things about doing activities outdoors with your kids at this time of year is that rather than lamenting over the winter weather you end up wanting it to be colder because there are so many fab things you can do. Here's an example - ice lanterns!
It's very simple - fill some balloons (big or small) and leave them outdoors overnight on a really cold evening. Next morning, cut off the balloons and carefully remove your now ice shell. Add a tea light and marvel at the creation you've just made!
Every part of this activity is intriguing - from figuring out how not to get soaked filling the balloons with water, to unpeeling the skin-like balloons from the ice, to holding something so fragile (and slippy) it could break any second!
If you don't have any balloons or want to be eco you could try sandwich or nappy bags instead.
Being curious is what childhood is really about. I can't think of many more magical ways for kids (big and small!) to have fun outdoors this weekend. Enjoy!! Mandy T

18/01/2021

People popping corn tomorrow - 3 things:
1 - don't use your best pot! If you're camp firing then it's going to look like this one. I've heard of people covering the outside of their pan with washing up liquid prior to using it to stop the soot but I've never got that to work. Let me know if you do.
2 - KEEP SHOOGLING!!!!!! You want a medium to hot heat to warm the oil but after the initial burst of popping kernals take the pan off the direct heat and hold it above the fire shaking it now and then. This stops the corn sticking. There are few worse things than burnt popcorn. It tastes and smells awful and makes cleaning the pot a nightmare!
3 - when it really gets going remember to take the lid off and let the corn pop everywhere, simply to see the look on your children's faces who will love it! (Obviously don't stand too close - I once got a bit burned when a piece landed on my nose!)

If you have slo-mo on your phone take a picture of the popping because it's really cool to look back at.

Have fun! Mandy T

People popping corn tomorrow - 3 things:
1 - don't use your best pot! If you're camp firing then it's going to look like this one. I've heard of people covering the outside of their pan with washing up liquid prior to using it to stop the soot but I've never got that to work. Let me know if you do.
2 - KEEP SHOOGLING!!!!!! You want a medium to hot heat to warm the oil but after the initial burst of popping kernals take the pan off the direct heat and hold it above the fire shaking it now and then. This stops the corn sticking. There are few worse things than burnt popcorn. It tastes and smells awful and makes cleaning the pot a nightmare!
3 - when it really gets going remember to take the lid off and let the corn pop everywhere, simply to see the look on your children's faces who will love it! (Obviously don't stand too close - I once got a bit burned when a piece landed on my nose!)

If you have slo-mo on your phone take a picture of the popping because it's really cool to look back at.

Have fun! Mandy T

14/01/2021

Just giving all you camp fire enthusiasts some notice - next Tuesday, 19 January, is National Popcorn Day, https://nationaltoday.com/national-popcorn-day/?fbclid=IwAR3CYXvXxZNDjNzLiWBLAov2nyHYGnNfv6FOY081_C2ShItLWXxYsISG8Js! That's your homeschooling sorted for Tuesday as well! I bet you could cover nearly every part of the curriculum cooking popcorn - physical activity getting dry snappy sticks for the fire, science (and team challenges) lighting it, HE cooking the popcorn and literacy in writing a story about it afterwards!! You can buy bags of popcorn kernels in most supermarkets. Often in random places though - check either in the baking aisle or beside the lentils. I can do a post about how to cook it if you like!

06/01/2021

It's a hair ice day today everyone - head out NOW and look for some! You'll find it in amongst beech trees on the ground. I found my biggest piece ever this morning! It's also a great way to get kids out searching for ice treasure, especially on such a gorgeous day. Felt like I was in Frozen ❄!

01/01/2021

Hair ice mystery solved

Happy New Year everyone! Now that we have another week's holiday here is some nature homework for you to do between now and going back to school! It's very rare but a great way to get kids out looking for things on a walk. This is hair ice and forms on rotten branches after very frosty evenings. I panicked the first time I saw it a few years ago in the woods as I thought it was some kind of fungus but didn't know what it was and whether it was safe for kids to be around. Going against all safety protocols I prodded it and found it melted in my fingers!
You only find it on specific trees though so look for woods with old beech trees or willow. It looks different from normal frost when you get your eye in. Here's a short video about how it forms, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds_azuLoE_A.
Happy searching!! Mandy T

Hair ice is a type of ice that has the shape of fine, silky hairs and resembles white candy floss. Hair ice grows on the rotten branches of certain trees, us...

24/12/2020

Have you got snow today? (I haven't been so excited for ages!) Quick, run out and make one of these before it disappears. You just need enough to make 10 snowballs, then pile them up into a pyramid. Light it at sunset for a lovely Christmas Eve glow!

18/12/2020

This Monday coming, 21st, is the shortest day of the year. Here are some fun things to make over the weekend to celebrate that Spring is on the way and to take your mind off us all being in Tier 3!! Have fun creating! Mandy T

05/12/2020

Ahh gloves - the bane of every parent and educator at this time of year until children are old enough to put them on themselves! Gloves do make a massive difference in the amount of time kids (and you) are outdoors though, so here are some of my tried and tested tips for keeping tots' hands warm this winter. (These all make great presents if you've got relatives asking what to get your children for Christmas.)
1 - if your child will wear them mittens are the warmest and easiest to put on. Didriksons do several waterproof versions. Some are the waterproof material that dungarees are made of, some are more like ski gloves and some even have zips up the side to make it easier to get them on and off. They're usually sized quite large so don't buy too big. See https://www.didriksons.com/en/kids/accessories/gloves-mittens and https://www.waterproofworld.co.uk/accessories/playshoes_mittens.htm.
2 - if they won't wear mittens because they want more dexterity try some ski gloves but make sure they say "waterproof" NOT JUST "water-resistant" - the latter turn into sponges after half an hour in wet conditions. Again, Didriksons are great and even have 3-fingered versions.
Now this might be a bit strange, but if you don't want to spend a lot of money on gloves that often get lost, go cheap instead, wearing not 1 but 2 pairs of gloves at the same time, see image! Get a pair of magic gloves and put a pair of xs small disposable gloves on top (you can buy them easily online). This is a bit fiddly to get them on but really do work, even in ice and puddles, I promise!
3 - if they won't wear gloves at all then take a cloth out with you. Hands that get wet get colder much, much quicker, so by keeping them dry you'll also keep them warmer. Reusable hand warmers, a cup of hot chocolate or even a little hot water bottle are really good for re-heating cold fingers.
And if you want to be really adventurous make some heated stones. You can decorate these first then heat them either in really hot water or on a camp fire. They stay hot for quite a few minutes, feel lovely and make a nice momento of your wintery adventure!!
4 - I haven't tried them yet but you get neoprene kids gloves for watersports that might keep kids hands warm and dry on land too. Will let you know. Happy adventuring!
Mandy.

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