A Weekend with Winnie
On 18th January 1882 A.A. Milne was born so it seems to me, having had a little think in my Thotful spot, that it would be a good idea to have a Winnie weekend for this week’s family fun!
Winnie has to be an essential ingredient in any child’s literary life and if you haven’t got any on your bookshelves I insist that you buy one right now. They are wise, humorous, gentle. They are the building blocks of life. Words and phrases from Winnie the Pooh pop up in family conversations no matter how old the children get and there is a phrase for every occasion.
Here are a few suggestions for Winnie the Pooh Weekend activities:
Time for a Little Smackeral of Something
‘Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o’clock in the morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates and mugs; and when Rabbit said, ‘Honey or condensed milk with your bread?’ he was so excited that he said, ‘Both,’ and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, ‘But don’t bother about the bread, please.’
This seems like the perfect excuse to bake to me and of course it has to be made with honey! Honey cake and honey flapjack are both easy recipes to make with children and are lovely and sticky too! Wash it all down with a tall glass of Honey lemonade and you’re done!
We’re Going on an Expotition
The first person [Pooh] met was Rabbit.
‘Hallo Rabbit,’ he said, ‘is that you?’
‘Let’s pretend it isn’t,’ said Rabbit, ‘ and see what happens.’
‘I’ve got a message for you…we’re all going on an Expotition with Christopher Robin!…we’re going to discover a Pole or something. Or was it a Mole? Anyhow we’re going to discover it.’
Going on an Expotition is always fun. You could track a woozle on a muddy woody walk. In Chapter 3 of Winnie the Pooh ‘In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle’ the intrepid pair follow paw marks in the snow. If you are lucky enough to have snow you could have a go at following some tracks but if not I am sure you can find a woodland near you or a nice piece of muddy ground with some animal tracks to look at.
If you’re not sure what you are tracking the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives website has this very useful download which you can print out and take with you! If the mud is dry you can make casts of the footprints with plaster of Paris. Do let me know if you find a woozle won’t you?!
Playing Poohsticks has always been a staple family activity and we cannot pass over a bridge with water running under it without grabbing sticks for a quick go! (A description of the origins of Poohsticks can be found in Chapter 6 of The House at Pooh Corner but basically, for the uninitiated, you drop your sticks on one side of the bridge and all rush over to the other side to see whose stick comes out first!)
While you’re in the woods why not build a house at Pooh Corner out of sticks for Eeyore?
If it is a wet and windy weekend and you have to have an indoor Expotition, you can organise a Honey Pot treasure hunt or make a treasure map, renaming each room of the house to make it more interesting.
Drape some fabric over a table to make a cave, climb a mountain using ropes and picks (the stairs with rope and imagination), collect treasures to take back to base camp. Don’t forget to pack a little smackeral of something in a backpack for the journey! You can make a house for Eeyore out of chairs and blankets or try to find him a new tail.
I hope this has given you some Winnie Weekend Ideas! If it has prompted an idea or two in your head or if one pops in while you are sitting in your Thotful spot please tell me all about it in a comment.
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