Forest School

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have seen that I have been busily spending one morning a week, come rain or shine at Forest School. I should be clear, it’s not a school for me but for little Ned and my other little charge. However, if I am honest its as much about ME as them because I really relish getting out in the fresh air and doing this sort of thing.

This was our den for our soft toy!

But, I hear you say, what sort of thing exactly have we been doing? This particular Forest School is aimed at children in the EYFS age group and so there are lots of gentle activities and an element of it is following a trail. I really like this bit and intend to replicate it for my children around our local park next spring. Ive been totally inspired by some of the other activities, they are all quite simple, but to do them properly they do require a bit of planning. Some ideas are as follows:

  • Build a den using sheets, canvas, rope and old branches
  • Paint some stones
  • Mud pies!
  • Find stones and roll them down tubes
  • Make little hedgehogs from twigs and air dry clay
  • hang up some pots and pans and bang them with twigs to make noise, you can then throw twigs at them for a game
  • Make tiny little dens for soft toys using twigs
  • Discover footprints of animals and make your own
  • Climb trees
  • Collect leaves and twigs and dried up cows parsley (for fairy wands)
  • Blow bubbles in the woods
  • Hunt for mini beasts
  • Make tree rubbings

I hope that’s given you some ideas, if you see a Forest School near you it’s really worth giving it a go. I am told that amongst other things it’s particularly good for engaging boys who may otherwise have trouble sitting still…


4 Responses

  1. Wendy 15th October 2012 / 7:14 pm

    Love the idea of forest schools!

  2. northernmum 15th October 2012 / 9:18 pm

    My kids adore forest school, well done you

  3. Hailey Summer 18th October 2012 / 3:51 am

    The &quot;Forest School&quot; idea is brilliant. I might suggest this to my kid aside from playing <a href="; rel="nofollow">Maddie and Matt&#39;s Happy Earth</a>. Thanks for posting!

  4. Sarah Samways 31st October 2012 / 11:48 am

    My children have both been on Forest School at their school and love it. It&#39;s great for getting them engaged with the outdoors.

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