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Fin whale

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Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

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Atlantic white-sided dolphins

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Wildlife Warriors at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

As some of you may or may not know, every Wednesday of the school holidays the Scottish Dolphin Centre has a kids club from 2-4pm. Every year they are very popular with them being fully booked every week. As a charity one of our main objectives is to educate, however with wildlife warriors our main goal is for the kids to have as much fun as possible. We do different activities each week with a mixture of crafts and games.

One of my favourite crafts from the holiday was when we got the kids to make ocean drums. We decorated recycled boxes and added uncooked pasta to them to make a rattling noise. You can make these at home as well. If you want to make a whole drum band try filling the boxed with different things for example; rice, baking beads, sand ect and these will all make different sounds. One of my favourite exercises from this year was when we built a campfire. Firstly we taught the kids how to safely create a campfire, then how to safely light it and extinguish it, but most importantly we taught them how to safely toast marshmallows on it. The kids had a great time and ate so many marshmallows!! Sorry to the parents if the kids no longer wanted their dinner. This exercise was great and showed that if you give kids a bit of responsibility they might just surprise you with how responsible and grown up they can be.

Over all the education team have had a great time with wildlife warriors, and it is so great to see how much the kids enjoy the groups. A lot of time and effort goes in to organising and running these sessions, however it is all made worthwhile when you see such a big grin like this.

We still have spaces on our October groups and we will be back next summer with brand new games and crafts. If you would like to find out more about our wildlife warrior groups, like our facebook page or alternatively phone the Scottish Dolphin Centre on 01343 820339.