Doncaster children at one with nature with Easter crafts

Ellison Hatliff, 22 months and his sister Grace, five, pictured.  Picture: Marie Caley NSST 30-03-15 Austerfield MC 7
Ellison Hatliff, 22 months and his sister Grace, five, pictured. Picture: Marie Caley NSST 30-03-15 Austerfield MC 7

Children have been going wild about nature – and art – in Doncaster this Easter.

Youngsters from across the borough have been enjoying a crafts day with a difference at Austerfield Study Centre.

As part of the centre’s Easter holiday programme of activities, the youngsters were sent outside with their parents to gather any natural materials which could be used to make something arty.

Big stones were painted to become pebble creatures and leaves and sticks were glued together to make photo frames. Fran Morley, environmental education instructor at the centre, said: “It’s a session for children from two to however old – there are mums that are still big kids.

“We’ve been making things using what we have found in the natural environment around us.

“We have this session about three times a year, because it’s so popular.

“The idea is the parents come and spend more time with their children.

“The session is open to all ages, it’s very family friendly. It’s a fun morning.”

Easter sessions are continuing at the centre, on High Street, Austerfield, in the coming days.

On Wednesday, there will be an art in the environment session from 8.30am until 3.30pm. The session will cost £15.

There will also be a wild art session on Friday, from 10am to 2pm, priced £5.

For details about the events, call the centre on 01302 710 415 or e-mail info@austerfieldstudycentre.co.uk