This Saturday 17th March will be the stories in the trees session postponed from last weekend. Judging by the forecast I can’t guarantee it will be any drier but we can hope!
There will be a group story and then options to go and choose a tree story, build send to snuggle in and have a story and some role play possibilities.
The session will be 12.30-2.30pm and spaces are limited so please book on!
£3.00 per family (up to 2 children then 50p per extra child).
Not as warm as we hoped it was going to be … BUT we had lots of fun splashing around, playing with dinosaurs, some measuring, music with tap sticks and tin cans, willow bubble wands, some woodwork and a few tee pees! Phew!
It was a dynamic session with lots going on – different ages and interests. Great to see the older children accessing the whole of the site and moving around and away from main camp. It was a bit windy and we stayed away from the willow trees making our fire in a more sheltered area. Lighting the fire was tricky as it was a bit wet but we managed to cook up some marshmallows and get warm with a hot chocolate!
All excited for some lovely play in the snow and providing different elements for everyone to explore … however the session had to be cancelled. With temperatures forecast of -4 with added windchill bringing the temperature to -12 I felt it would have been irresponsible to run the session.
I do not enjoy cancelling sessions but safety is my responsibility and I also have to take into account any road conditions and whether they are suitable for travel.
Hoping for slightly milder weather next week so we can have some fun … though this time I expect it will be a little damp underfoot … 🍃🌿🍃
For our Home Ed group today I had thought of a few ‘force’ possibilities. When we first met up to talk about a Hone Ed group it was discussed that there would be some adult led ideas running alongside the Forest School ethos of bein child led.
Once we were all together we walked through the site establishing our boundaries and exploring. A quick game of hide of seek before we had a tug of war game. Letting go was hard but you could see the force in action … children against adults – it was a little competitive and good fun.
Next I put out some sticks and we did some jumping to see where we landed … crouching down, running up or twisting in the air.
For motion we put up some hammocks and a rope swing. In the resources we had Newton scales, buckets and spades and everyone enjoyed seeing a fire at the end of the session and trying out some pan bread.
As the weather was pretty chilly I had thought that we would have to finish early … we actually over ran, everyone did brilliantly in the cold and I made sure I had plenty of blankets, spare gloves, hot water bottles and hot chocolate. 🍃🌿🍃
Our first session back after a little break … can’t deny that I wasn’t a little nervous. New faces and children so always a bit exciting!
We all gathered up for a boundary walk, with some making some cookies whilst we all came together and then off on an explore. We walked all through the site climbing over and ducking under the branches and establishing the big as a NO GO. Amazing to think that when I first started running the sessions I would never have dreamed of showing the big.
We came back and had a game of hide and seek before showing our resources pile and seeing what everyone wanted to do. Hammocks and rope swings were put up, buckets and spades and some sand for tracking.
No signs of Spring today as we came together for a fire, popcorn and hot chocolate. We had time for our reflection before we left and made some dinosaur and animal plans for the next session before heading back home to warm up. 🍃🌿🍃
Thanks to a mighty team today we cleared ALL of this, started creating a den area and made another entrance into the site! Fantastic work!
Dates for the next Volunteer Sessions have been posted, please contact me if you require any further information.
NEW block of 6 weeks starts back up again Thursday 22nd February – 29th March 9.45-11.45am.
STORYTELLING session Saturday 10th March 12.30-2.30pm.
HOME ED sessions Mondays 26th February & 19th March 10-1pm.
Booking is essential, please message me with any queries.
Volunteers needed to create a positive space for everyone to enjoy.
We need your help to build and maintain the site: litter picking, clearing open spaces, planting etc.
Tools and training provided.
10th February, 14th April & 9th June – 12.30-2.30pm.
Please message me with any queries.
A lovely morning exploring the site and having fun! There was den building, playing in muddy puddles, making boats, bird feeders and swinging about in hammocks and slack lines. Followed up with fire and popcorn … we forgot to save any for the birds!