Through our partnership with SASP, we held yet another successful Healthy Holiday Playscheme! A lovely two days was had by all! Hosted at The Canalside in Bridgwater, we began both days with a family cooking workshop, making fresh bread rolls with a creative twist as well as, carrot cupcakes. Many looked forward to sharing their bakes
with their grandparents and relatives to make Christmas even more festive.
Indeed, many parents commented that this was the highlight of their holidays which was really encouraging to hear.
After baking, the children enjoyed getting creative with seasonal crafts, face painting and balloon modelling. Then we had a healthy lunch altogether - by which point everyone's bakes had finished and they could try them for themselves.
All the attendees had the opportunity to take home a goody bag which included fresh ingredients to reproduce recipes at home over the holidays.
Next, we wanted all the attendees to have fun getting active so we set up a challenge where the children had to run around the hall completing various tasks from skipping to target practice to general knowledge questions. There were tasks for all capabilities and ages and when they had completed as many challenges as possible they had to hunt down Santa's lost elf who was hiding somewhere in the room. When they found them they received a prize. The Elf challenge was great fun and it was wonderful to see so many of the parents getting stuck in too! After this, they continued with outdoor sports on the Multi-Use-Games-Area.
In discussions with many of the parents in attendance we really appreciated how challenging the Christmas season can be to so many - therefore, we were really glad we were able to offer this Playscheme. One Mum said "I have to work over Christmas and my kids will be staying at their Dad's so this is like our Christmas day!" another remarked "We didn't realise how cheap and easy it was to make our own bread. And that you could design them into different shapes - now we know we will make them again at home!".