Foundation Stage Activities at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
The activities range from between two and four hours including lunch. See individual activities for details.
Unless indicated otherwise in the individual activity details, the maximum size of group we accept for a led activity is 35. Please note that this includes accompanying adults too, so for instance you could bring 25 children and up to ten adults.
We can tailor activities to your requirements, including the delivery of longer sessions. Please note that if you require a leader for more than two and a half hours an additional charge will be made.
Make Wild Music!
Create a sound CD and an orchestral score inspired by sounds heard around our meadows.
Experiment with percussion instruments and then make your own from natural materials to take home with you.
In addition to this, explore our sculpture trail; run through a giant dragonfly, play an enormous xylophone and see salmon leaping by the river.
Approximate duration: 4 hrs including a lunch break of 30-45 minutes
Cost: £120 + VAT
Available: all year
Three Little Pigs
Enjoy this traditional tale told from a new point of view, then test your construction skills making a house out of sticks for a little pig. Will the wolf be able to blow it down? Enjoy a picnic lunch and cook your own marshmallow pudding on a campfire – delicious!
Maximum group size*: 18 children with ratio of 1 adult to 3 children essential.
Approximate duration: 2½ hrs including a lunch break of 30-45 minutes
Cost: £95 + VAT
*It is possible to bring more than 18 children but we do not permit fire lighting for health and safety reasons so after lunch your children will do part of our ‘bear hunt’ activity instead.
Approximate duration for over 18 children: 3½ hrs including a lunch break of 30-45 minutes
Cost: £100 + VAT
Going on a Bear Hunt
We’re going to catch a big one! A wonderful session for young explorers and their teddy bears.
Based around this well loved story, we go in search of bears hidden around our meadows. Have fun along the way exploring sounds, blowing bubbles and making mud pies, with a treat at the end of the trail.
Finish the session by gathering round the campfire to sample some food from the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Approximate duration: 2 ½ hrs including a lunch break of 30-45 minutes
Cost: £95+ VAT
Meadow Minibeasts Rhyme and Story Time
Have fun taking part in some creepy-crawly capers. Who can find the hairiest spider? Piece together a giant beetle and take part in a six-legged caterpillar race. Make spiral snail shells from natural materials and see if you can be the early bird that catches the worm. Activities based on new and familiar songs and stories that are a fantastic way of introducing children to a whole new miniature world of friends.
Availability: April to October.
Maximum group size: 35.
Approximate duration: 3 1/2 hours including a lunch break of 30-45 minutes
Price: £120 + VAT
Where do minibeasts like to live? Hunt high and low, including the hidden depths of our pond, to find wonderful creatures of different shapes, sizes and colours.
Pond dipping is led by our staff while party leaders supervise hunting in the meadow.
Availability: April to October
Maximum group size: 22 children with ratio of one adult to two children for pond dipping essential.
Approximate duration: 3 1/3 hours including a lunch break of 30-45 minutes
Price: £120 + VAT
It is possible to bring more than 22 children and choose from a selection of self-led activities.
Approximate duration: 4 hours
Price: £120 + VAT
Forest School ‘Taster’
A half term of two-hour sessions; bespoke activities that include environmental games, use of tools, fire lighting and shelter building.
Availability: Mondays through Wednesdays during Autumn and Spring terms from either 9.45am to 11.45am or 12.45pm to 2.45pm.
Maximum group size: 20 with a ratio of one adult to three children recommended.
Price: £300 + VAT for 5 weeks, £360 + VAT for 6 weeks.
Available November - March
Further information and booking
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