The Education Group of Transition Belsize seeks to engage with children of school age about Transition ideas.

The main focus of the group is “Transition Kids”, a joint initiative between Transition Belsize and Transition Hampstead, which runs exciting, creative, eco-themed events and in-school projects for children throughout the year. From weekend/holiday workshops to project ideas for teachers, the aim is for kids to have fun whilst helping them to learn serious lessons about sustainability and climate change.

Here are some of the projects Transition Kids have worked on in 2011:

  • Building ManCan, a 7ft robot farmer made from recycled packaging (see photo). This was a project done with local artist Pandora Vaughan aimed at discussing with children how we can reduce, re-use and recycle waste. So far ManCan has visited Thornton’s Budgens on Haverstock Hill, the Swiss Cottage Library and England’s Lane Bookshop.
  • Making Music Picnic. Local children gathered on Primrose Hill to make imaginative musical instruments from recycling waste, wooden pallets and anything else that inspired them. They then performed for the crowd!
  • Summer Veg Out Stall at Parliament Hill Farmers’ Market. Local school gardening clubs displayed their fabulous home-grown produce, and raised funds for their school.

Cobblin' along

Final touches are being put on the first of the Education group's cob ovens to be built in our local schools.  Watch out for details on the launch pizza/ bread making session to be held at Fitzjohn's school in the new year

A cob oven, built from clay (dug up in the school's ground) and sand, is a fantastic way of teaching kids about low carbon building materials, as well as provding a great outdoor learning resource.

If you would like to build a cob oven at your local school, get in touch!

Veg-in Mondays..

The Transition Belsize/Hampstead Education group were recently invited to atttend the first ever Camden Green School Summit. During a very informative day, the group held informal chats with Caterlink, the Camden School Dinner provider. During these discussions, the idea was raised to pilot a meat/fish free Monday meal at selected school's during 2012...Caterlink gave the group a brief to come up with a 'fun' theme to encourage schools to join in with the pilot; an idea to 're-assure' parents that have a veg only meal one day of the week would not be seen as a 'cutting back on costs' but as advantageous to their kids - and the environment. 

Man Can

The Man Can tour continues...

This year Man Can has met over 1,000 primary school kids at 5 local school assemblies. He has also been on tour in Englands Lane bookshop and Budgens, followed by a 8 week Summer holiday at Swiss Cottage library. His message to  encourage kids to cut down on packaging continues to be heard at Kentish Town library, where he is currently on tour! Next stop Queens Crescent and Holborn libraries!

If you would like Man Can to come and deliver his fun presentation at your school, get in touch!




Slippers and sheepish tales...

Sun 5 Feb 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Calling all creative kids and jammy adults, don't get cold feet this winter, but come along to our snug slipper/felt making workshop and turn real sheeps wool into take home slippers. It's goodbye to cheesy feet and hello to cosy ones! What else can we turn sheeps wool into?