Hello this week is the start of our Forest School trips and I could not be more excited!! Unfortunately, I missed out on the last block due to my working hours. But now I’m back I can hardly contain my excitement!!!!
I have been researching lots of new ideas using the wonderful Pinterest to ensure I have small prompts for children if they wish to join me. I am looking forward to getting back into our woods as we have planted new trees and I know lots of the children are excited to see how much their tree has grown. Although I think they be a little disappointed as I know some children think they are going to be as tall as a house!!
Here are some of the ideas I am wanting to try out……….
This idea would require some adult help initially to get the frames made but once they are made they can become part of your resources. I love that these could be used at different times in the year to represent the changing colours available during various seasons!
The leaf threading is a really good activity to build fine motor skills. This could also lead to discussion on different shape leaves, their names and colour variations.
I am a big fan of land art which can be changed and altered depending on who is playing. This is a good activity in the autumn with all the fallen leaves and pine cones but could also be good for summer with the flowers and shrubs.
If you haven’t used clay outside yet you definitely need to. Our children love the feel of the cold clay, to make it even more exciting this nature print idea will allow children to choose their favourite leaves, plants, flowers or anything they can find outdoors and then take a print home!
I love this idea!! We have quite a long walk to get to our woods, some children can be reluctant to walk to the top of the hill! This idea may engage the children to gather items on the walk without them realising how far they are walking. Then at the top we can compare the sticks and items!
This is one of my absolute favourite new ideas. I think this would be a lovely idea in the warmer weather. Perhaps we would be able to leave the pictures up for a while and add to them each session allowing us to compare the drawings with the children gaining their thoughts and ideas in a fun creative way!
I hope these ideas will be of interest to some of you. I’m really looking forward to trying them out! Big thanks to all the lovely people who share ideas on Pinterest so I can gain more inspiration and excitement for #outdoorplay 😀