Crafty Cooks Perthshire

Crafty Cooks is a lovely cookery preschool for children aged 2- 2.5years and over.

Operating as usual

[11/11/16]   Hi Everyone, unfortunately Katie will no longer be running these sessions and so we are on the hunt for a lovely person to take over the franchise! It's family friendly and very flexible and a lovely way to make a living so if you may be interested do let me know!

[08/31/16]   Classes are starting up again next week.
Please get in touch if you would like to come along.
Spaces available on Monday at 1.30 and Tuesday at 10am.

[08/19/16]   Classes Starting week beginning 5th September at Trinity Gask.

Monday pm - 1.30pm 2-5 year olds
Tuesday am - 10am 2- 5 year olds
Thursday pm - 3.45pm 3-8 year olds Full

5 week block. £30 For new starts there is a £7.50 registration fee which includes a bag, book and recipie folder.

Please get in touch to book a place. Limited places.

22/06/2016

A simple but very effective story saying how damaging words can be and to encourage kindness to one and all.

Today in one of our classes I introduced the children to two apples (the children didn't know this, but before the class I had repeatedly dropped one of the apples on the floor, you couldn't tell, both apples looked perfect). We talked about the apples and the children described how both apples looked the same; both were red, were of similar size and looked juicy enough to eat.

I picked up the apple I'd dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. I told them that because I didn't like it, I didn't want them to like it either, so they should call it names too.

Some children looked at me like I was insane, but we passed the apple around the circle calling it names, 'you're a smelly apple', 'I don't even know why you exist', 'you've probably got worms inside you' etc.

We really pulled this poor apple apart. I actually started to feel sorry for the little guy.

We then passed another apple around and started to say kind words to it, 'You're a lovely apple', 'Your skin is beautiful', 'What a beautiful colour you are' etc.

I then held up both apples, and again, we talked about the similarities and differences, there was no change, both apples still looked the same.

I then cut the apples open. The apple we'd been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside.

The apple we'd said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.

I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions.

When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don't show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn't have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it.

I shared my own experience of suffering someone's unkind words last week. On the outside I looked OK, I was still smiling. But, on the inside someone had caused me a lot of pain with their words and I was hurting.

Unlike an apple, we have the ability to stop this from happening. We can teach children that it's not ok to say unkind things to each other and discuss how it makes others feel. We can teach our children to stand up for each other and to stop any form of bullying, just as one little girl did today when she refused to say unkind words to the apple.

More and more hurt and damage happens inside if nobody does anything to stop the bullying. Let's create a generation of kind, caring children.

The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words.

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Wow, I didn't expect this to get this kind of reaction, but as there has been many questions popping up I thought I'd clarify a few points.

The apple was a red apple and to ensure it remained looking like there was no damage inside it was tapped repeatedly (but gently) on the floor over and over again. To touch you could feel the bruising, but you could not see it. No one noticed this within the class.

After the apple was cut open and the impact was made, we discussed how I'd purposely bruised the apple before the session to make the point that we don't often see the pain our words cause people. It had a very powerful impact. Children got it and children understood.

During this Relax Kids class (and every class) we offer children tools and techniques to manage their feelings and emotions, and through our unique seven steps we offer children strategies and solutions to manage any stress or anxiety. All of our activities promote teamwork, respect, peer support, conflict resolution, self-esteem and confidence, and children know where to go for support, if needed.

Thank you for all your amazing support and kind words.

I am aware there are similar activities that have been done many times before me, by fellow coaches and educators. I saw an activity years ago where the apple was thrown to the floor by children to emphasise physical pain. I was extremely grateful for this visual and it really struck a chord with me over the years.

But, within my lesson I really wanted to focus on the power of JUST our words and the damage they may cause us inside, the pain no one can see.

21/10/2015

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[08/17/15]   Good luck P1's starting school tomorrow and little ones starting nursery.

[08/10/15]   Classes beginning 24th August.

Date Place Time
Monday Trinity Gask PH3 1LL 1.45pm
Tuesday Active Kids Stanley 10.00am
Thursday Trinity Gask PH3 1LL 1.45pm
Friday Trinity Gask PH3 1LL 10.00am

If you are keen to come to a class but can not see a time or place that suits please let me know and I will see what I can sort out. I am hoping to start classes in Perth and Crieff soon.

Classes are £6.00 per class, and I offer a sibling at half price if attending the same class. Please get in touch and I send you a booking form to confirm a place for the term.

[07/08/15]   Holiday classes are filling up quickly!! Please get in touch if you are interested. Spaces available on the 28th and 30th July!

[07/02/15]   Happy Holidays to all my little Crafty Cooks.

25/06/2015

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[06/25/15]   I am going to run at holiday workshop on Wednesday 22nd July, Tuesday 28th July and Thursday 30th July at 10.00am. at my house in Trinity Gask. Pm me for more details.
If you are unable to come to any of these sessions but you would like a go please get in touch and let me know when suits you.

[05/08/15]   Would anybody be interested in a taster session on Thursday 21st May? If you are unable to make this but would like to come along to a taster session please let me know days and times that suit and I can then arrange a session. I have a class every Monday am 10.30 and a class on Tuesday at 10am. Pm for more details.

[04/23/15]   Would anyone like to come and do some cooking with me on Monday morning at 10.30am at my house at Trinity Gask?

[04/19/15]   I have a few spaces left for classes on Tuesday's at Active Kids Adventure Park. Please get in touch if are interested in coming along to see what we do!

[04/13/15]   I am looking forward to my first Crafty Cooks class tomorrow at Active Kids Adventure Park.

[04/07/15]   I have a couple of spaces left for the taster session at Active Kids Advenure Park on Tuesday 14th April. Please let me know if you would like to book. email [email protected]

30/03/2015

Crafty cooks has only a few places left for the taster session!!

4 Ladybirds are singing about the excitement of Easter Weekend, and the Adventure Park re-opening on Thursday and the return of the children to the park! :)

http://www.activekidsadventurepark.co.uk/102_Events.html

During the holidays we have a selection of classes going on!
Bricks 4 Kidz - Central Scotland will be here for superhero fun on Thursday 9th April, Perth Party Animals are here to show off their animals on Easter Saturday & Easter Monday then they start their weekly class on Saturday 11th April, Crafty Cooks Perthshire & Smallprint Edinburgh, Fife, Perth & Kinross will be here on Tuesday 14th April. Realcycle UK will be running a family session on Easter Saturday as well as Saturday 18th April before commencing their weekly Wednesday class on 22nd April.
Busy times! :)

18/03/2015

Crafty Cooks

At Crafty cooks we see a lot of children that don't much like the idea of eating - why not? Who knows, sometimes they've had reflux, or choked and food becomes a scary thing, sometimes it's a textural thing and they dislike the feeling of food in their mouth, sometimes it's a control and sometimes, well, we'll never know. At our sessions we cook foods and over a term try and incorporate fruits and veggies such as a courgette cake, cauliflower bread, sweet potato scones. items like this can be invaluable to a suspicious child, it's a new food but in a familiar format which makes tasting so much easier! I'm not a huge supporter of constantly hiding foods - how will they ever learn they like it if they never know they've eaten it? Though I do completely see the need for a balance between blatant and stealth veg! We spend time whilst the food cooks exploring ingredients, touching, tasting, sticking it on our noses - making friends with it, again really important, but most important, above anything we can do, they feel relaxed and happy and are in a group with kids they become friends with and often watching other children try foods is enough of a cue for them to want to join in and be one of the crowd!

[03/10/15]   Classes starting Monday 20th April 10.30am
Tuesday 21st 1.45pm both from my home at Trinity Gask.
Tuesday 13th April 10am at Active Kids Adventure Park. Taking bookings now.

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[03/06/15]   Delighted to say that classes will be starting at Active Kids Adventure. Tuesday 22nd April at 10am. I will be holding a taster session on the 14th April 10am.

[03/02/15]   Workshops and classes starting in April.

02/03/2015

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25/02/2015

Crafty Cooks Perthshire