Spring Cleaning with Shaun the Sheep at Mudchute Farm

Mudchute Park & Farm is London’s Best Kept Secret. And not many people know that it is the farm that inspired Aardman’s genius animation series Shaun the Sheep. We spent half day at Mudchute and had a private tour with a charming tour guide who told us all about the animals in their care. The kids loved touching and playing with the animals and finding all about one of the largest city farms in London (32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, South East London). Mudchute is free and open most of the year but as a charity it needs donations to keep surviving. Kids can experience close encounters with friendly fur and feathered creatures and book special events for a small (but important) fee. Spring Cleaning with Shaun the Sheep at Mudchute Farm

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Mudchute includes a varied collection of livestock, British rare breeds and totals over 100 animals across the farm!

Throughout Mudchute Farm’s landscape and buildings we fed all British rare breed animals, horses and ponies who are very friendly and walking around everywhere. The larger animals graze in the outer enclosures and fields, and the smaller and perhaps more cuddly are kept next to the main courtyard in ‘Pets Corner’.

london mums easter fun indoor activities for childrenThe children get to learn all about how the Farm works, get closer to some of the animals, and maybe even help feed some of them. We even met the real Shaun the Sheep before attending a workshop run by Will Harding, one of Aardman Animators’ team responsible for some of the best episodes of both Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and even the movie Pirates in an adventure with Scientists. He taught us how to make a Shaun the Sheep out of plasticine and told us lots of behind-the-scene secrets from the new Shaun the Sheep Spring Cleaning series (out now on DVD).

Shaun and pals get into more mischief than ever before around the farmyard. Featuring ten short episodes, viewers are welcomed to Mossy Bottom Farm to follow Shaun, the leader of the flock, Bitzer and the rest of the gang as they embark on madcap adventures. In the comical episodes, the flock run into skateboarding trouble, take on a vicious pet rabbit and try out window cleaning on the farm. As well as a range of exciting behind-the-scenes features, the DVD also includes one episode, never-before-seen on TV, where Bitzer gets into trouble for trying out graffiti art! Actually the graffiti episode is one of the best but the BBC decided not to air it in case it gave the wrong message about painting public walls for fun.

The best part of this DVD is the behind the scenes footage of the animators showcasing how this incredibly cleverly made plasticine cartoon is made. Really priceless watching for 7+ kids who have an interest in movie making.

Check our collage of images for inspiration to create your very own Shaun. Kids and mums alike enjoyed the creative workshop.

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The biggest secret of all is that there is a new movie being produced now at Aardman Studios in Bristol which will be released in Spring 2015. We cannot wait for that and our curiosity made us research online a bit only to find this teaser trailer for the movie.

Meantime get the kids busy and entertained with these

FREE SHAUN THE SHEEP ACTIVITY SHEETS / DOWNLOADS

Click on the highlighted links or on Shaun’s face to download a printable pdf. SHAUN MASK1

 

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