2nd October ‘10

The first part of today’s session was very relaxed, a girl brought out her Hannah Montana fashion book and then started to design her own outfit on paper. A group of girls gathered round her and joined in, they all sat on the wooden turntable together drawing.

The boy who usually hogs the hammock fairly aggressively was much better about sharing it today, we suspect his sister may have told their parents what he’d been up to and that he’d been in trouble! He had a long conversation with Rainer about different professions and how much people in different jobs earned. He correctly guessed how much playworkers earned (though he didn’t confirm it!) and suggested training to be a lawyer instead!

5th October ‘10

Today was pretty grey but we had a fairly busy session anyhow with about 20 children playing out. Drawing and running games were the most popular today. Lots of children got involved in a zombie game, chasing each other to turn each other into zombies. One girl professed herself ‘creator of the zombies’ and ordered everyone to do as she wanted, leading the other s very successfully in a fun way.

7th October ‘10

Today Rainer played a long game with a group of 3 girls, they played that he was their prisoner and it felt like there was quite a lot of deep content to the play. One girl took the game too far and was really hitting Rainer, he asked her to stop and she told him to shut up then left the game. Other children carried it on, some younger children got involved to help Rainer, caring for their prisoner with imaginary mushroom soup. However, the girl who had hit him came back and accused him of having got a grass stain on the back of her new t-shirt during the course of the game and demanded he pay for a new one. He knew he hadn’t actually done it but the two other girls joined in to side with her and the situation was unpleasant.

9th October ‘10

The kids got really into designing posters for next week’s party today and made some great ones. It was quite a quiet session to begin as the weather was cold, grey and drizzly and we ran about and played football with the kids who came in between drawing the posters to stay warm. Inga had a long history conversation with one boy who had been learning about the history of Europe at school.

The last square was busy with around 30 kids. There are more and more playing out here each week. Groups of children who used to pass through the square while we were there now stop and hang around and have begun using the chalks and a few bit of our play equipment, they don’t quite interact with us yet but they’re edging closer! Lots of our regulars were there too, excited about next week’s party. They made some really great posters and we taped these to the walls around the square to advertise for next week.

12th October ‘10

Today was a kite day! We spent a large part of the session making kites with the children, folding up the sides of A4 sheets of coloured paper and attaching a tissue paper tail and a string to fly it. They flew really well and a group of small boys ran about excitedly with their kites for a long time. Some girls came along and wanted to make kites too, they spent a long time decorating their kites and one girl made a beautiful tail for her one.

Another girl spent most of the session doing crochet with Inga, getting really into it and sticking at it even when she seemed to be getting cold from sitting so long. We decided to lend her the crochet hook and some wool to take home for the week till next session.

14th October ‘10

We had a really good session today, quite busy and many of the kids wanted to make the paper kites. However there was some tension continued from last week between Rainer and the girls who had accused him of ruining one of their t-shirts. They returned asking him to play the same game as last week and he explained he didn’t want to because last week they had turned it into something nasty. They responded by later taking some of our stuff- scissors and fabric, lying that they had put it back. We later found it hidden round the corner from the play area.

16th October ‘10

Today was party day! We did shorter sessions at the first 2 squares then went to prepare the food. The first sessions were quiet but nice, I had a long game with 2 children of hiding small orange boxes for them to find, then they hid them for me. We hid them behind drain pipes, pressed in against a knot on the tree, beneath door mats, on window sills, etc; it was great how the game spread the play across the whole space available.

The party was a big success! We spread food on a cloth across the square’s central wooden structure and this made a gathering point for children and their families, mostly mothers and grandmothers. The food went down well, a lot of it was healthy- crackers and chopped carrots and cucumber and this went almost as fast as the sweet stuff. A group of girls chalked party decorations onto the ground, drawing balloons and swirls. It was a big turn out as children from the others squares came across to the party too and brought friends. Towards the beginning it felt slightly awkward as though people were waiting for something to happen but then everyone began playing and it felt like a normal play session just with higher energy and bigger crowds. We put up a hammock and made kites with the children, we played chase with the fabric and played with how many people could stand on the turning wheel and hold hands before they lost balance.

Party Photos!

2nd October ‘10

The first part of today’s session was very relaxed, a girl brought out her Hannah Montana fashion book and then started to design her own outfit on paper. A group of girls gathered round her and joined in, they all sat on the wooden turntable together drawing.

The boy who usually hogs the hammock fairly aggressively was much better about sharing it today, we suspect his sister may have told their parents what he’d been up to and that he’d been in trouble! He had a long conversation with Rainer about different professions and how much people in different jobs earned. He correctly guessed how much playworkers earned (though he didn’t confirm it!) and suggested training to be a lawyer instead!

5th October ‘10

Today was pretty grey but we had a fairly busy session anyhow with about 20 children playing out. Drawing and running games were the most popular today. Lots of children got involved in a zombie game, chasing each other to turn each other into zombies. One girl professed herself ‘creator of the zombies’ and ordered everyone to do as she wanted, leading the other s very successfully in a fun way.

7th October ‘10

Today Rainer played a long game with a group of 3 girls, they played that he was their prisoner and it felt like there was quite a lot of deep content to the play. One girl took the game too far and was really hitting Rainer, he asked her to stop and she told him to shut up then left the game. Other children carried it on, some younger children got involved to help Rainer, caring for their prisoner with imaginary mushroom soup. However, the girl who had hit him came back and accused him of having got a grass stain on the back of her new t-shirt during the course of the game and demanded he pay for a new one. He knew he hadn’t actually done it but the two other girls joined in to side with her and the situation was unpleasant.

9th October ‘10

The kids got really into designing posters for next week’s party today and made some great ones. It was quite a quiet session to begin as the weather was cold, grey and drizzly and we ran about and played football with the kids who came in between drawing the posters to stay warm. Inga had a long history conversation with one boy who had been learning about the history of Europe at school.

The last square was busy with around 30 kids. There are more and more playing out here each week. Groups of children who used to pass through the square while we were there now stop and hang around and have begun using the chalks and a few bit of our play equipment, they don’t quite interact with us yet but they’re edging closer! Lots of our regulars were there too, excited about next week’s party. They made some really great posters and we taped these to the walls around the square to advertise for next week.

12th October ‘10

Today was a kite day! We spent a large part of the session making kites with the children, folding up the sides of A4 sheets of coloured paper and attaching a tissue paper tail and a string to fly it. They flew really well and a group of small boys ran about excitedly with their kites for a long time. Some girls came along and wanted to make kites too, they spent a long time decorating their kites and one girl made a beautiful tail for her one.

Another girl spent most of the session doing crochet with Inga, getting really into it and sticking at it even when she seemed to be getting cold from sitting so long. We decided to lend her the crochet hook and some wool to take home for the week till next session.

14th October ‘10

We had a really good session today, quite busy and many of the kids wanted to make the paper kites. However there was some tension continued from last week between Rainer and the girls who had accused him of ruining one of their t-shirts. They returned asking him to play the same game as last week and he explained he didn’t want to because last week they had turned it into something nasty. They responded by later taking some of our stuff- scissors and fabric, lying that they had put it back. We later found it hidden round the corner from the play area.

16th October ‘10

Today was party day! We did shorter sessions at the first 2 squares then went to prepare the food. The first sessions were quiet but nice, I had a long game with 2 children of hiding small orange boxes for them to find, then they hid them for me. We hid them behind drain pipes, pressed in against a knot on the tree, beneath door mats, on window sills, etc; it was great how the game spread the play across the whole space available.

The party was a big success! We spread food on a cloth across the square’s central wooden structure and this made a gathering point for children and their families, mostly mothers and grandmothers. The food went down well, a lot of it was healthy- crackers and chopped carrots and cucumber and this went almost as fast as the sweet stuff. A group of girls chalked party decorations onto the ground, drawing balloons and swirls. It was a big turn out as children from the others squares came across to the party too and brought friends. Towards the beginning it felt slightly awkward as though people were waiting for something to happen but then everyone began playing and it felt like a normal play session just with higher energy and bigger crowds. We put up a hammock and made kites with the children, we played chase with the fabric and played with how many people could stand on the turning wheel and hold hands before they lost balance.

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