What is a Forest School?

November 14, 2015

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Building Dens in the Woods

All nannies and parents of budding adventurers need to know about Forest School!

Would spending time in the woods making fires and being ‘Bear Grylls’ for the day be your child’s or charges idea of heaven? Then we have an excellent woodland activity for them. Forest School is an exciting way to educate children in a natural environment.

Forest school teaches children to be able to look after themselves when in the outdoor environment. They offer a wide range of activities that stimulate children and give them the opportunity to expand ideas themselves.

What activities do the children get up to?

There are many activities for children to do, such as:
• Learning how to make and light fires safely
• Making simple hot food and drinks
• Using woodland materials to make sculptures and pictures
• Simple activities such as making themed stories on the natural world
• Woodcraft activities using simple hand tools and natural woodland resources- green wood and other plant material
• Natural play trails/rope trails
• Using natural resources or tarpaulins to build Den’s
• Finally games to promote the importance of environmental awareness

These Forest School’s are usually on weekly basis and therefore as time progresses, and children become familiar with being outside in the wilderness and the safe practices that they have been taught, they are encouraged to initiate their own play and use this time to develop their own ideas at their own pace. If you are a nanny you can adapt these activities and supervise yourself. You can even attend a Forest School training course and become qualified at Level 1 in Forest School teaching!

The benefits of Forest School

Forest School enables and encourages children to become self reliant and independent, which allows children to take responsibility for their own development and learning. This programme also lets children know and understand the importance for the natural world, and shows them how important it is to look after the world too.

The woodland environment lets children improve their physical strength and stamina due to regular access of varied and challenging environment and activities. As well as teaching children the importance of the outdoors, it also lets children use their imagination to write stories and create pictures of their experiences in the woods.

Plus the excitement of spending time in the natural world and feeding them information can lead to expressing their excitement and knowledge at home; leading to teaching other family members all the interesting things they’ve learnt. Resulting in possible family days out in the woods adventuring and practising all the things they have learnt whilst at school.

As well as this, when they become older their interest in the woods and adventuring could be carried on further when they start at secondary school (for example) and therefore want to take part in rewarding activities such as, D of E and therefore getting awards for their hard work and a leadership course they can put on their CV. Search for your local Forest School using a search engine and get creative and learning in the woods.

Posted by Harmony at Home Head Office Team | Filed Under Activities for Children, Arts and Crafts, Education