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Wednesday 1st December

We were a wee bit nervous this morning when visiting Blairadam Forest, in case there were no trails to walk after last week’s storm. But the path was clear, although there were clear signs of destruction all around us.

The Squirrels walked the path down to the stream, checking out the large wooden totem pole, wild cat art and large uprooted trees along the way. Our theme was water, but that didn’t stop us climbing some large fallen tree trunks. When we arrived at the stream the water fun began! We fired up the new bubble machine, sang water themed songs, did some water art and read the book the Little Raindrop (all about the water cycle).

Thanks again to all of you that made it out. Can’t wait to see you all again in the future!

Wednesday 24th November

Acorns went with the flow of the beautiful streams through Blairadam Forest today. Our theme was water, so we started by walking by the streams, passing by an orange waterfall and stopping at a great spot to throw stones. We then headed back the way to stop at a small patch of woods by the water. We sat and played with various homemade sensory toys, including water pads (containing shells, leaves, conkers and cones), trays of shallow warm water, rainbow ribbon rings, bells and rainbow scarves. We listened to a story about a Little Raindrop and then sang some water themed and movement songs.

Thank you ever so much to everyone who joined us today. It was so lovely to see some new faces, as well as folks that have come to previous sessions – Hollie

Monday 22nd November

Our Fox Cubs went with the flow today and explored water in Craighall Den, Ceres. We followed the stream, checking out giant tree roots and mushrooms, creating water art, playing sink or float and listening to a story about the water cycle along the way. We ended our trail at an amazing cave.

Thank you so much to everyone that came along. Craighall Den is such a magical place and it was wonderful to share it with you – Hollie

End of year Sessions

New venture for Wild Fife Babies and Bairns – Birthday Parties!

Today Wild Fife Babies & Bairns did their first Birthday Party! It was a long term plan for us for 2022, but the opportunity arose and we were so excited to do it!

The beautiful Meena turned 5 and we provided face painting and bug hunting. Hollie painted A LOT of butterflies and foxes!

If you are thinking about your little one’s Birthday Party in the new year and want to do something outdoors and nature themed, give us a shout! Parties will be aimed at 1-5 year olds.

Monday 15th November

Such a beautiful sunny morning at Morton Lochs today with our little Squirrels! Walking from The Larick Centre, we said hello to the horses, checked out the sparkly cobwebs in the sun and admired to colours of the Autumn leaves. Our little ones lead the way and we discovered a lovely area full of crunchy leaves. To help us parents/ carers a few of the children lifted a huge branch off the path, using some great team work. They then checked out a woodland den. As they were doing that, Hollie got out the rainbow parachute and some children helped to cover it in leaves. We then played a game of flying leaves. Not sure who had more fun – the adults or the kids!? We then read the book Little Acorn. As if that wasn’t enough fun, we went on the follow the bubbles through the woods and to the boardwalk, where some of the children threw leaves on the water. Then it was time for some bird watching in the hide. Heading back to the Larick Centre we had some more bubble play.

We all had a well earned lunch in The Larick Centre and did some drawing at the tables.

Thank you so much to everyone that joined us today. It was such a lovely day!

Wednesday 10th November

There has not been a more beautiful setting to sing and play with our wee Acorns. Morton Lochs is in full Autumn colours right now!Today we walked from the The Larick Centre through to the Lochs, passing some very friendly horses on the way. We found a lovely spot in the woods to sit and sing, play and listen to a story about a Little Acorn. We also checked out the wildlife on the lochs.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful day.

It was especially amazing to be joined by our very own gorgeous Kiri Stone (session leader – currently on maternity leave) and her beautiful little girls.

Tuesday 9th November – Tree Planting

Today Wild Fife Babies & Bairns contributed towards the “Meadows in the Making” project, with the University of St Andrews, Fife Council, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and St Andrews Botanic Garden. We planted 28 of their 600 trees, to the west of the University Saints Sports Centre.

Thank you so much to everyone that came along. A great effort from both big and little folks ❤

Monday 8th November

The Fox Cubs lead the way today. It was a long walk across the golf course and around the circular trail at the Morton lochs, but our little ones did really well. Our walkers took it at their own individual speeds, so we were quite spread out, but it was great to see each child explore.

Sorry I didn’t get more photos today! I hope you all had fun and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Don’t forget, we are tree planting tomorrow at 2PM! Check out the event on our main facebook page for details.

Monday 1st November

Falkland Estate was beautiful this morning. The Squirrels explored part of the Maspie Den trail, ‘going on a bear hunt’. We played sink or swim in the stream, we looked at different fungi, we ventured through a dark gloomy tunnel, decorated bear masks with thick oozy mud and built wildlife shelters.

Thank you so much for joining Fern and I today. We had a great time pretending to be bears and running through the woods – Hollie

Wednesday 27th October

The rain stayed away for our bear hunt with the Acorns this morning, at Falkland Estate. We walked part of the Maspie Den trail. At the beginning we read the first half of ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’, we then walked to a dark gloomy tunnel and bravely ventured through! On the other side we found some little bears (each wee bairn was given a bear mask) and we read the second half of the book. Heading back through the tunnel, we returned to the start of the trail and sat to sing bear themed and movement based songs. Each little one was given some jiggly bells to play with. We also sang a couple songs under the rainbow parachute. At the end, some wee ones went down to the water to watch a game of sink or swim and a couple of pretty moths were found in the leaf litter.

It was a beautiful morning and my girls and I thank you for joining us – Hollie.

Monday 25th October

What a fun morning we had hunting for bears with our Fox Cubs at Falkland Estate. We walked part of the Maspie Den trail. At the start we read the first half of ‘going on a bear hunt’, we then played ‘sink or swim’ in the stream – dropping in sticks, stones and leaves to see what floats and what sinks. Next, we walked through the deep dark woods until we found a dark gloomy tunnel. We bravely walked through the dark, and as we emerged we found some bear masks and decorated them with thick oozy mud. As we were decorating our masks we made some wildlife shelters by piling sticks and branches. We also finished the story. On the journey back we took a different route which took us over a fallen tree stump. Which made for a great climbing hill.

We had a wonderful time, thank you so much for joining us today. I hope to see you again soon! – Hollie

Wednesday 13th October

The sun came out at Silverburn Park for our lovely Acorns today! It was so nice to see you all and a few new faces 🙂We fed the birds and talked about how to get little ones into birding, we also looked for bugs, both big and small and used our ID cards to help identify them. We made the most of the sun and sat in a lovely sunny patch on the grass and played with our wriggly worms (pink pipe-cleaners stuck in a colander) and rainbow scarves, listened to some bug themed stories and sang some bug and movement themed songs. We then moved onto the pond and dipped for water boatmen, leeches, hog lice etc and used our ID cards again.

Thank you so much to everyone that made it out today and can’t wait to see you all again!

And a special thanks, once again, to Fife Centre for Equalities and The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland for funding the purchase of the equipment for this event.

Monday 11th October

It was a Bird, Bug and Water Beastie adventure this morning with the wonderful Fox Cubs at the beautiful Silverburn Park. We started off feeding the birds, then we took our magnifying pots and went looking for bugs – both big (hidden giant plastic bugs) and tiny – under logs and in the leaves and plants. Next up we moved onto the pond, where we used our ID guides to help identify the wee pond beasties, which included leeches, pond snails and water boatmen. While we were walking around the park we were collecting leaves and twigs, as I gave our Fox Cubs some homework – to make nature bugs and birds (check them out in the photos).

Thank you to everyone that shared their photos and videos and thanks so much to everyone that came along today, it was so much fun!

Also, a special thanks to Fife Centre for Equalities and The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland for funding the purchase of the equipment for this event.

Saturday 9th October

What can I say about our Soultime Sessions with Leigh – it was simply wonderful. I am so grateful to Leigh and Little Bugs Nursery. The rain may have changed some of the plans, but I think it certainly added to the sound experience. After the sound session we discussed mindfulness and practiced some breathing techniques and how to bond with your little one in a mindful way.

Thank you to everyone that made it out in the rain. I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing you all again at another session – Hollie

Thank you Soultime Sessions for the lovely message about Saturday’s special event. We had a lovely time!

Monday 4th October

What a magical morning the Squirrels had at Cambo Garden! We made wonderful jingly wands, and went on a journey to find all things fairies on the beautiful Glingbobs and Tootflits trail. We went through the magical door and found houses, doors, windows, a sleepy badger, a fairy archway, a circus complete with acrobats and sparkling mirrors, we even found a giant’s boot! We even managed to fit in a bit of pastel art! Some of us stayed to play in the play area at the end too.

Fern and I had such a fantastic time. Thank you for making it such a special morning!

Wednesday 29th September

The sun had his hat on today for our wonderful Acorns. It was such a beautiful walk through the Cambo Garden Glingbobs and Tootflits trail. We made fairy wands for our little ones and rang our bells whenever we saw anything magical in the woods – fairy doors, houses, windows, a badger, a tiny circus, a big toad stall and one big boot! We then sang songs in the nature play area and played with the very shiny pebbles. Can’t wait to see you all again!

I loved seeing all your little ones’ faces when I was singing to them ❤ – Hollie

Monday 27th September

The Fox Cubs had a soggy morning at Cambo Garden today, but that didn’t stop us looking for signs of fairies!We made fairy wands and walked the Glingbobs trail, looking for fairy doors, windows, little houses and one very sleepy badger. Thank you for braving the rain with us. We can’t wait for our next adventure!

Wednesday 22nd September

It felt like Autumn today with our little Acorns, but the breeze and falling leaves didn’t stop us having a lovely time exploring the Tarvit Pond Path in Cupar. We checked out the lovely Dave and Dorris ducks, and followed the signs around the pond. We stopped to look for bugs, and check out the two bug hotels in the woods. We then sat under the beautiful Yew trees, sang songs with movement and bubbles and listened to a story about woodland wildlife. Afterwards we checked out the bird blind and feeding tables and found a grey squirrel snacking at one of the feeders. We ended in the park, where some little ones played on the brand new swings.

Monday 20th September

The Sun was shining today for our wonderful Oaklings! We explored Tarvit Pond, in Cupar. We were introduced to Dave and Doris ducks and scattered some grain for them. We checked out the informative signs around the pond, looked for bugs, stopped for snacks amongst the beautiful Yew trees, looked for small birds behind the blind and scattered some seed for them and then we got messy with some painting. Like the Fox Cubs we made our own paint brushes and used spinach and berry based paints.

Monday 13th September

Exploring Tarvit Pond in Cupar with the Fox Cubs today was oodles of fun! We checked out and learnt about the different wildlife in the woods – like Dave and Dorris the ducks, the queen ant and ant colonies, bugs, birds and trees (and even fairies!). We did some tree bark rubbings and made paint brushes to paint on our giant plastic canvas with homemade paints made of natural ingredients (cabbage, berries, beetroot, spices and spinach).

Friday 10th September

We are delighted to announce that we were successful in applying for a Fife Equality Community Grant, to purchase equipment for our sessions. We are extremely grateful to Fife Centre for Equalities and The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland

Monday 6th September

Quack quack quack, what an egg-celent morning! Thanks to the Oaklings for joining Fern and I at Craigtoun Country Park today. We fed the ducks, decorated binoculars, looked for birds around the ponds, ate some black berries, played in the willow, sploshed in the puddles, listened to a story about ‘one lucky duck’ and sang some songs.

I’m really looking forward to our next toddler led session. Hope to see you there! – Hollie

Our Groups Are Changing! September 2021

We’re making changes

Due to changes in the number of session bookings and demand for sessions for older children we have decided to make some changes.

We are changing the age range for Acorns and merging with Oaklings and adding a new session – Squirrels!

Acorns will change from 3-12 months to 3-18 months. The session will remain in a similar format of a gentle walk and sit with songs, a story and or an activity for parent/ carer or little ones. If you feel your little one is too mobile and active for this session you are welcome to join Fox Cubs (18-36 months).

The Squirrels sessions are for 3-4 year olds and will be based on a theme, similar to Fox Cubs.The new sessions will not come into place until the sessions following Tarvit Pond (end of September, beginning of October)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the ‘Contact us’ page.

We hope you are happy with these changes. We want to continually adapt to make our sessions as accessible as possible for families across Fife and we really appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Wednesday 25th August 2021

What a lovely duck filled time the Acorns had at Craigtoun Country Park today!

We fed the ducks next to the pond, walked around the water, explored a beautiful weeping willow tree, visited the swans and sat under a giant oak tree to sing bird themed songs and listen to the story of The Ugly Duckling.

Thank you to everyone that made it out today. It was so lovely to see so many inquisitive little ones! – Hollie

Monday 23rd August 2021

Ducks ducks ducks at Craigtoun today! 🦆🦆🦆

The ducks came out to greet the Fox Cubs as we arrived. We had a lovely time decorating binoculars and feeding the ducks. We even got to meet one of the swans. We then walked around the pond and on to the fairy glen. On our way we collected pine cones, leaves, sticks and flowers. Under the trees, among the fairies, we made ducks out of the materials we collected. We then read a duck themed story and sang ducky songs.

Thank you to everyone that came out to join us. It was wonderful to see you all! We can’t wait for our next adventure 🦊

Thursday 19th – Friday 20th August 2021

We had a wonderful time Mother and Child Camping and going on a Minibeasts Adventure at Falkland Estate. Thank you everyone for such a wonderful 2 days.

On Thursday afternoon/ evening a group of Mums and their children camped overnight at Pillars of Hercules. We made s’mores, toasted marshmallows, some Mums did some cooking, we sang campfire songs and read camping themed stories before bed. In the morning we packed up and a few of us had breakfast at Pillars.

At 10:30AM we were joined by other mini-beast adventurers and walked the Falkland Estate Red Squirrel Trail hunting for bugs. We did kick sampling in the stream, we turned logs and looked under bark, we did some ‘tree bonging’ (shaking a tree over a white sheet to see what falls out) and we did a giant bug hunt. We also sang some bug themed songs and finished with a couple nursery rhymes under the parachute.

Thank you to everyone that joined Kiri and Hollie over the two days. We may be tired now, but we had an amazing time. We can’t wait for our next adventure!

Monday 16th August 2021

What a beautiful morning at Kingsbarns Beach with the Oaklings! We found pirate treasures on our scavenger hunt, with our treasure chests (painted egg boxes), we sang some sea themed nursery rhymes, we built sand castles, we had some great water play in the rock pool, played with a rainbow parachute and ended it all with yummy toasties on the beach.

I honestly feel so blessed to have such great adventures with you all. Can’t wait until the next session! – Hollie x

Wednesday 11th August 2021

The little Acorns had a lovely time at Kingsbarns Beach today. We walked part of the coastal path, splashed stones in the water and floated limpet shell boats. Then we walked along the beach and sang some sea themed nursery rhymes. Ending the session with a yummy cheese toasty 🙂

Thank you so much for joining me and the girls today. We can’t wait for our next adventure! – Hollie x

Monday 9th August 2021

Ahoy! ’twas a soggy start fer the Fox Cubs today at Kingsbarns Beach, but thankfully it clearer up!

We made pirate ships t’ sail the seven seas, collected booty in personalized loot pots, wit’ a pirate scavenger hunt, sang some sea shanties, hunted fer wee sea beasties ‘n built a pirate ship out o’ sand.

Thank ye t’ everyone that came out, ‘n we can nah wait fer our next adventure!

Monday 2nd August 2021

Our amazing little Oaklings packed a lot in to our trip to Kinghorn Loch this morning! We made pressed flower patches, did some pond dipping, explored the rabbit tunnel, found some yummy treats in the community garden, looked under some magic carpets to find mini beasts and Mr Grumpy Toad, played in a boat, walked along the edge of the loch, said hello to 4 beautiful horses, checked out the birds on the water and had a picnic/ visited the cafe. 

Thank you to everyone who came! Especially those that travelled pretty far. We can’t wait for our next adventure!

Wednesday 28th July 2021

The rain held off for our lovely Acorns this lunch time. We had a beautiful walk around Bishop’s Wood. We stopped to check out some fungi, make a fern craft – printing ferns onto fabric, sing some nursery rhymes and explore the woods and its historical sites.

Thank you so much for joining Fern, Poppy and me. We can’t wait for our next adventure! – Hollie

Tuesday 27th July 2021

Fox Cubs had a wonderful time today at The Ecology Center at Kinghorn Loch. We explored the area – playing in the mud kitchen, sand pit and rabbit tunnel. We also did some pond dipping, made flower print patches, visited the community fruit and vegetable garden, looked for beasties under carpet refuges (we found a beautiful toad), played in a boat and checked out the waterfowl.

Thanks to everyone that joined Fern and I today, we had such a fun packed time. We can’t wait for our next adventure!

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Our little Acorns enjoyed the beautiful Falkland Estate red squirrel trail. There was so much green, pretty shadows, birds, clear water, not too hot and not too cold.

Our theme was trees and mindfulness – we listened to the sounds of the woodlands and baby babbles, we looked at the movement of water, we felt the trees, leaves and moss, we practiced mindful breathing with our little ones and some of us stayed for yummy snacks from Pillars Of Hercules afterwards.

Thank you so much to all of you that joined Fern, Poppy and I. Poppy really enjoyed ‘teaching’ you all. We can’t wait for our next adventure! – Hollie

Monday 12th July 2021

We have been awarded funding by the Scottish Government’s initiative “Get Into Summer” campaign with Early Years Scotland. Children’s lives have been impacted over the past year and a half by Covid-19 restrictions, this initiative aims to let them enjoy their summer as much as possible. We are so grateful to be part of this and will put the funding to good use immediately in order to help.

For more information about the initiative, please visit: https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/get-into-summer

Sunday 11th July 2021

FULLY BOOKED!

If you wish to join the waiting list for this event please do so through our booking page (see below).

SPECIAL EVENT! Mother and child camping! Thursday 19th – Friday 20th August. Pillars of Hercules, Falkland.

3 – 36 months

Booking and cost: Please use our website to book your place: https://www.wildfifebb.co.uk/book-a-session/

Tuesday 29th June 2021

Fox Cubs were practicing mindfulness in the woods today at Falkland Estate.

We started by listening to the sounds of the woodlands and the singing bowl. Then we followed the water of the stream, made boats and created a woodland guardian out of mud. We ended with a breathing activity lying down on the ground, a story, and a song. Many of the wee ones played in a den and a few of us went to Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm. Fern and I can’t wait for our next adventure! – Hollie 🦊

Sunday 27th June 2021

New dates and locations released TODAY at 8PM! Check out our Book a session page.

Thursday 24th June 2021

There are still spaces left for next week’s Fox Cubs session! Visit the ‘Book a session’ page to book your space. The theme is ‘mindfulness in the woods’. You are never too young to meditate, and be mindful of your surroundings. We will listen to the sounds of the woodlands, follow the flow of the stream, and breath in and out, in and out.

Monday 21st June 2021

Sunday 20th June 2021

One of our Oaklings Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to all our Wild Fife Babies and Bairns fathers and father figures. We know today can be challenging for some due to loss or separation or other reasons. We want to celebrate all fathers and father figures – some fathers in your life may not be biologically related, but still play an important role. Love to you all!

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