Harry Pot­ter day spells fun for young ‘wiz­ards’

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An ed­u­ca­tional fun day with a Harry Pot­ter theme worked its magic on young chil­dren who en­joyed games and ac­tiv­i­ties at Brod­ick Hall last week.

Or­gan­ised by North Ayr­shire Fam­ily Learn­ing Team, the fun day was run by fam­ily learn­ing work­ers who en­sured the ac­tiv­i­ties were fun and mag­i­cal and would ap­peal to chil­dren and par­ents.

Stephanie Melvin, an NHS speech and lan­guage ther­a­pist, was face paint­ing the faces of younger chil­dren while en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

Fam­ily learn­ing worker Tracy Devlin en­ter­tained chil­dren with bub­bling and fizzing chem­istry ex­per­i­ments while con­vey­ing the mes­sage of acids and al­ka­lines by com­par­ing it to proper eat­ing and di­ges­tion.

At the craft ta­ble manned by Emma Quinn and Shauni Dor­rans, chil­dren were en­cour­aged to be cre­ative and at­tempt new ac­tiv­i­ties while cre­at­ing bright and colour­ful Hed­wig owls. Bring­ing out the nos­tal­gic touch, Leanne Brat­ton used a pa­per for­tune teller - or pick a colour, pick a num­ber origami - to ask chil­dren ques­tions and to en­cour­age them to speak about their feel­ings and opin­ions.

Those less in­clined to chat en­joyed her scav­enger hunt, word search and puz­zles.

An in­te­gral part of any Harry Pot­ter themed event, chil­dren learned how to make slime while learn­ing about sugar con­sump­tion and team work.

Shona Rae, Ar­ran pri­mary schools fam­ily learn­ing worker, said: ‘As part of the pro­gramme for fam­ily learn­ing with Ar­ran pri­mary schools, the Fam­ily Learn­ing Team was de­lighted to wel­come so many fam­i­lies from across the is­land to our Harry Pot­ter themed day of fam­ily learn­ing and fun in Brod­ick Hall.

‘We would like to thank the lo­cal busi­nesses who sup­ported the event by pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of re­sources - Ar­mitage, MBS, Brod­ick Co-op, Brod­ick Phar­macy, Asda Ar­drossan and North Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s hol­i­day meals pro­gramme.’

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Chil­dren have a ball get­ting their hands dirty with Lucy Watkins who taught them how to make slime.

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Fam­ily learn­ing worker Tracy Devlin con­ducts ex­cit­ing ex­per­i­ments with chil­dren, ex­plain­ing the con­cepts of acids and al­ka­lines and their im­pact on di­ges­tion.

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Lewis and Cal­lie Gregg pre­pare for a snack with some of the crafts they made.

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