Who doesn’t like a good sing-along? And when you add songs about food into the mix, you can guarantee the Casserole Crew will be up for it! In the wake of our rainy but exhilarating Lunch Table in Redhill Town Centre, we organised a lovely little collaboration with Redhill Library, infiltrating their friday RhymeTime with a food-filled theme. We are really interested to see how young families can benefit from Casserole, both by cooking and receiving meals, and through building up a community within their own neighbourhood, and thought what better place to find young families than at a RhymeTime!
So friday morning, we headed to the library with flyers, magnets, and some very special Casserole stickers to join in on some sing-along fun. We spoke for a couple of minutes at the start, aware that there were babies and toddlers antsy to get rhyming, and thanked the library for letting us take over their RhymeTime for the morning, and explained Casserole in a nutshell – and then the singing began! “Oranges and Lemons,” “Patty Cakes,” “Hot Cross Buns,” and our personal favourite, “Bananas in Pajamas” were all quite big hits amongst the crowd of tots, and certainly made us pretty hungry in the process…
After a half hour of songs and a raucous rendition of the Hokey Cokey, we got to hand out our Casserole stickers to some very shy and some very jovial little guys, and chat to their adults about how Casserole could work for them. One of the most exciting moments for me was when one of the mom’s said she’d already heard about us from a friend – the word is spreading!
We want to thank the library again for letting us come in and commandeer their RhymeTime (the staff there are brilliant by the way, so if you are ever in Redhill, stop in and say hi)!