Harry Potter day spells fun for young wizards

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An educational and fun day with a Harry Potter theme has worked its magic on young children who enjoyed a host of related games and activities at the Brodick Hall last week.

Organised by the North Ayrshire Family Learning Team, the fun day was conducted with the assistance of family learning workers who ensured that the activities were fun and magical and would appeal to children and parents.

On offer for the younger children, Stephanie Melvin who is a NHS speech and language therapist, was face painting while encouraging communication and social interaction. Family learning worker Tracy Devlin entertained the children with bubbling and fizzing chemistry experiments while conveying the message of acids and alkalines by comparing it to proper eating and digestion.

At the craft table manned by Emma Quinn and Shauni Dorrans children were encouraged to be creative and attempt new activities while creating bright and colourful Hedwig owls.

Bringing out the nostalgic touch, Leanne Bratton used a paper fortune teller – or pick a colour, pick a number origami – to ask children questions and to encourage them to speak about their feelings and opinions. Those that were less inclined to chat, enjoyed her scavenger hunt, word search and puzzles instead.

An integral part of any Harry Potter themed event, children learned how to make slime using various ingredients while learning about sugar consumption and team work.

Shona Rae, Arran primary schools family learning worker said: ‘ As part of the programme for family learning with Arran primary schools, the Family Learning Team was delighted to welcome so many families from across the island at our Harry Potter themed day of family learning and fun in Brodick Hall.

‘We would like to thank the local businesses who supported the event by providing a variety of resources – Armitage, MBS, Brodick Co-op, Brodick Pharmacy, Asda Ardrossan and North Ayrshire Council’s holiday meals programme.’


Stephanie Melvin, NHS speech and language therapist paints the face of  Jamie Gilchrist while Christie Munro shows off her rainbow design. 01_B33potter01

Family learning worker Tracy Devlin conducts exciting experiments with children, explaining the concepts of acids and alkalines and their impact on digestion.  01_B33potter02

Lewis and Callie Gregg prepare for a snack break with some of their crafts that they made. 01_B33potter03

Layla Cociuban and mum Katie join Emma Quinn and Shauni Dorrans to create a Hedwig owl.  01_B33potter04

Children have a ball getting their hands dirty with Lucy Watkins who taught them how to make slime. 01_B33potter05

Pick a colour, cheerful Leannne Bratton engaged children with a scavenger hunt, word search, puzzles and various fun games. 01_B33potter06