Our afternoon at forest school

Our afternoon at forest school

I don’t know where I first heard about forest schools but I’ve wanted to take my eldest along to one ever since. Unfortunately, our nearest one  has their preschool session on the day my daughter is in nursery. Last weekend they had a drop in session for all the family so we all went along.

Predictably the weather was not fantastic. The day before was a gorgeous sunny day. On the morning of the open day it rained all morning but the forecast promised a dry afternoon. Now I know there is no such weather as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing but with a 5 month old to think about (who due to the nature of the site would need to be in a carrier and therefore exposed to the weather) we decided to go after lunch. Fortunately the weather was dry and the tiny ladybird was lovely and snug on daddy’s chest without worrying about her getting soaked.

We went prepared in waterproofs, woolly hats and wellies (our eldest thankfully still fits in last years all in one, fleece lined, waterproof). The site was very muddy!

We started by exploring the natural and rope play area.

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The ladybird even went down this natural (but very muddy) slide. Just the once though. She always starts off reluctant to get messy but soon warms up and gains her confidence.

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We took a bit of a walk further in to the woods but when it started to get too steep we had to turn back for fear of slipping in the mud (especially my husband who was wearing the tiny one).20161112_134636.jpg

At the main shelter which had a useful tarpollen shelter, we met the staff and enjoyed refreshments and weaving.

The staff are well trained and used to dealing with children. They help our eldest safely toast marshmallows on the camp fire and made her a hot chocolate.2016-11-12_04-25-37.jpg

Then they taught us how to weave this god’s eyes.

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All too soon it was time for us to head back to the car. Once we were home, dry and clean, the ladybird couldn’t stop talking about mud kitchens and camp fires. I think it’s clear to see she enjoyed our afternoon at forest school. I think we will try to incorporate ideas from forest school in to our children’s childhood a little bit more. Last week, I discovered Seasons School (from the creator of Nurture Store, another great resource for parents) which will help with this. Seasons school is a free website and facebook page with lots of ideas for learning and living seasonally with children. We printed out their autumn leaf printable last week and enjoyed painting them together.

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27 Comments

  1. November 15, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Love this! I can’t wait until my two are old enough to enjoy things like this!

    #marvmondays

    • November 15, 2016 / 9:10 am

      It was lovely. I’m sure they will love things like this when they are older.

  2. November 16, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Love the photos – she looks like she is loving it! Toasting marshmallows over a proper fire is something I’ve never done! Our boys go to a school that is both a forest school and a beach school which is lovely #whatevertheweather

  3. November 16, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I love the idea of forest school and am very keen to do things like this with Finn when he’s abit older. Looks like you all had so much fun! It’s amazing how quickly children get their confidence when outside and enjoying themselves 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • November 20, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      I’m sure he’ll live it. They really do gain confidence quick when they are enjoying themselves.

  4. November 17, 2016 / 1:45 am

    I have never heard of that website before. Thank you for the recommendation. We do what my son calls “adventure school” which is basically forest homeschool. It has been so beneficial to both my son and I. #whatevertheweather

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:20 am

      I love the idea of forest school and wish we could go more. Your son is very lucky.

  5. November 19, 2016 / 8:56 am

    It’s fab that you all enjoyed your first forest school experience, you can see by The Ladybird’s face how much fun she had. It’s fab that the staff were helpful and good with kids, it can be tough if you’re doing things like this and the teachers can be brusque. Toasting Marshmallows, mud kitchen’s and nature slide’s really do sound like a fab way to spend the day exploring the outdoors.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  6. November 19, 2016 / 9:22 am

    I love the sound of forest schools but we’ve never managed to get to ours either- definitely going to check out that website though. #countrykids

  7. November 19, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    My eldest does Forest School at her infant school. I live hearing about what she gets up to. Looks like yours really enjoyed herself.
    #countrykids

  8. nourishingmyscholar
    November 19, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I’ve heard so much about Forest Schools! They look fantastic! #CountryKids

  9. November 19, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing these resources and reflecting on your experience with Forest School. #Whatevertheweather

  10. November 19, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Our daughters school has a forest school, but it is on one of the days that she doesnt go so she misses it and I’d really love for her to go as it sounds amazing 🙁 I had no idea that you could independently go to forest schools and would definitely love to so will be checking whether we have any local to us that we could go to after reading your review 🙂 It looks like you had a great day despite the inclemental weather! Great post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  11. November 20, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    What a great recommendation! We’ve love to do a forest school and learn out in the wild! We’ve done a couple of festival ‘wild’ sessions but nothing like this. #WhatevertheWeather #CountryKids

  12. November 21, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Ooh what a great idea. Lovely photos

    Coming over from #CountryKids x

  13. November 23, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    We love a good forest school day out, activity day camps and weekend trips are the best – looks like you all had a great time #CountryKids

  14. November 23, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Such a good idea! Having a snuggly baby carrier for the little ones are so good arent they!? Makes exploring in the woods so much more easier. I love doing activities out in the wild so I will check out that FB group. #countrykids

  15. November 23, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Forest school sounds like a lot of fun – we have one near us and I’ve never got around to taking the girls. I love the natural slide – even if it was a bit muddy and toasting marshmallows over a fire sounds perfect for an autumn day 🙂 #countrykids

  16. November 24, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Forest Schools are such good ideas aren’t they? My Little Mister went to a party at a Forest School and they had the best of times, like you they were roasting marshmallows in the fires and just exploring their world around them. One of the best parties he’s had all year, I think!
    #CountryKids

  17. November 25, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    This is such a great idea. I’ve never done this with the kids before. Must have a look and see if there are any close by us. Looks so much fun xx

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