Stormont Visit

Thu, 03/07/2014 (All day)
Stormont Visit

We went to Stormont with a nice big HEdNI group today - a good tour, discussion in the chamber, activity proposing and voting on new legislation.  We had a picnic outside and went to the Mo Molam park afterwards.

Fab Co Op Chemistry Day

Tue, 24/06/2014 (All day)
Making slime
Pop Rockets
North Down Co Op

Great day at the Co Op with lots of Chemistry

- rubber egg (calcium shell dissolved in vinegar)

- making sorbet with a reaction of ice and salt

- making bread- fermentaion

-  making lava lamps 

- making slime

- making models of molecules with plasticine and also a running game making molecule models with our bodies (Water, Methane, hydrogen peroxide, carbon dioxide)

- testing for acids and bases with cabbage water

- making little pop rockets with film canisters and vitamin c tablets

Fitness Tester Session

Sat, 21/06/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Born to Move

We have a home educating mum working with this gym, and they are offering 20% off for home educators - both for the taster session and the summer scheme.  This makes the taster session only £1.60!  We hope to have a session at our sports day in September - so why not give it a try now?

"Do you want your kids to get more active?

To get them engaged in some fun activities that will build their confidence, strength and fitness?

Les Mills, producers of many of the world's most popular classes, have just launched a brand new program specifically tailored for children. It is a mixture of fitness, dance, martial arts, yoga and games and is great fun!

This Saturday (21st June) Urban Fitness in Dundonald are going to be the first club in Northern Ireland to offer this class - and everyone is welcome to attend!

Stormont Educational Visit

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

All the work on this consultation has put us in contact with MLAs and politics - time to show the children where it all happens!   HEdNI will be taking a group of parents and kids to tour Stormont and meet with some MLAs.  The exact programme is to be confirmed but there will be interesting and age appropriate activities - a mock election and a chance to ask questions.

Day Camp at Intouch Equestrian Stables (second)

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
100 Mullaleilish road, Richill

With horsey crafts and activities whilst each family has a turn with the horses, hopefully involving a variety such as mucking out, grooming, tacking, leading and riding.

£15 per family, please book through Learning Labyrinth Facebook Group, or through the contact us form here.


Address is 100 Mullaleilish road. From Portadown to Armagh direction (along Armagh road) turn left at the Stonebridge restaurant r'about towards Richhill. Take 2nd left, ballyleny road, just after bad bend (slow down coming up to this), go along until crossroads then turn left, then left at fork. About 1/2 mile, Clayton's car place on right, we're just after, on left, D rail fencing, old chicken houses! Drive very slowly in yard please.

Wear stretchy clothes like leggings or joggers with boots/closed shoes/wellington boots, bring raincoats and suncream (just in case), picnic lunch and drinks, and horse related crafts and activities. We have a small room if its wet and space outside if its dry.



Thu, 19/06/2014 (All day)
Being interviewee

We had a camera crew and reporter from the BBC with us yesterday! We had some friends over and did experiments with rockets (powered by air pressure). Big ones you stamp on and small ones fired from straws. Some crazy jumping on the trampoline too.

The  children found the cameras and the experience very interesting. 

We were too busy to get to making bread so we did that today- stars and knots and little hedgehogs. 

Bees Co-op

Tue, 10/06/2014 (All day)
Looking at demonstration hive
Bees Co-op
Marquis Hall, Bangor

Our bees co-op was a great success. 

We started off the day by making salt dough bees, which was perfect for some of our younger members, and looking at some information about bees. 

We also made a Banana and Honey Teabread which was ready in time for lunch and lasted no time at all. Recipe is at the bottom of the post if you would like to try it.

At 12 O'clock Phelim Breen, a local beekeeper, came with his demonstration hive and a pot of his own honey for us all to try. It was delicous! He told us about bees, how they organise their hive and the different jobs they do. He told us about their life-cycle and how they get through the winter. Phelim also told us about some of the pests and diseases that can affect bees and how to treat them, including a swarm of bees which he removed recently from Bangor that is affected with the verroa mite. And just before he left we finally managed to spot the queen in the hive. 

We had some information about bumblebees too including identification aids. After lunch the children had fun outside spotting bees and even manged to catch a bumblebee which we identified as a white tailed bumblebee. The bee was released before we went home.


Banana and Honey Teabread - from Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book

Ingredients: 225g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

100g margarine (we used butter)

225g bananas (we only had 180g)

100g caster sugar

grated rind of 1 lemon

2 extra large eggs (we used 3 small ones)

6 tablespoons thick honey

Makes 1 x 900g Loaf

Prehead oven to 180C and lightly grease and base line a 900g loaf tin.

Measure the flour and nutmeg into a large bowl and rub in the fat using the fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcumbs.

2D - Northern Ireland Comics Festival

Fri, 30/05/2014 (All day)
Verbal Art's Centre

Since 2007 the majority of the festival has been hosted at the Verbal Arts Centre, in a fantastic location on the beautiful and historic city walls. Derry/Londonderry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. This year much of the educational and industry programming will again be hosted at the Verbal Arts Centre, but the popular 2D Comics Fair has now moved to a new home at the Millennium Forum, a fantastic venue also on the city’s walls.


Get in touch if you want to meet up with other home educators at the festival.

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