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#1 Ger

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:04 PM

Hi all, just wondering if any of you are doing forest school activities, and if you could share things that really work and the children enjoy, so far, we have made dens, mud pie faces, exploring the wood, bark rubbings, magic painting, finding woodland colours, painting with mud, spider's web with wool.............be grateful if any of you have more ideas Thanks

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:13 PM

Oh me too - thinking of doing this after Easter - could also with some thoughts about protective clothing suppliers

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:24 PM

Hi there

Yes, all the ones you mentioned are very popular, especially mud tree faces. Whittling is very popular too. We are lucky to have lots of elder nearby. Our children also enjoy making crowns using the double sided sticky tape when we go out on a walk and the 'curtain' you can make with three or four objects collected and tied onto a length of string, all hung up together. I did a parents workshop and am planning another for April. In the first one we made bookmarks (same principle as the crowns) - colours of the rainbow is a good one. This time I am planning to do the 'biscuits' (two slivers of hazel wood sawn carefully and with a treasure sandwiched (with an elastic band) in between. Lovely!


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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:29 PM

Our double sided sticky tape never seems to work, our willow dome was just cut so they really enjoyed making crowns from the willow, going to do some wittling using potato pealers.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:30 PM

Hi all, just wondering if any of you are doing forest school activities, and if you could share things that really work and the children enjoy, so far, we have made dens, mud pie faces, exploring the wood, bark rubbings, magic painting, finding woodland colours, painting with mud, spider's web with wool.............be grateful if any of you have more ideas Thanks


What's magic painting?

We've walked round the woods with mirrors under our chins and looked at the reflections we can see of clouds, treetops etc. Have mad crowns using cardboard bands with sticky back plastic on and leaves, twigs etc from woods stuck on them - they really look amazing. Andy Goldsworthy type sculptures with natural objects. Dens for us and nests / homes for our crow puppet! Trails for each other to follow. Hunted for signs of living things - pawprints, poo etc! Measured tree trunks - how many children fit round this tree? Which tree is biggest, has most children fitting round them?

Have you had forest school training? We haven't but have a woods really close to our school and go there all the time. Wood (ha ha!) love to have training but not sure how expensive and whether HT would be convinced. Do people do forest schools all through primary successfully? How much does training etc cost?

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:39 PM

These activities and ideas sound absolutely wonderful! Makes me feel really excited for what we could be doing to develop our school. Sorry nothing to offer back but thank you for sending a buzz of excited anticipation. Can you recommend any useful websites? Many thanks. luluj

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:08 PM

http://www.forestedu...urces.php?id=67

http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/
these are 2 sites I use all the time

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:09 PM

http://www.forestsch...-case-study.php

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:10 PM

http://www.forestry....try/INFD-7LSEHW

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

making beads out of elder - push the pithy bit out and saw into little pieces to make beads
make a fire, use 2 sieves together to make popcorn so the children can investigate change
make a 'spider web' to climb and balance on - rope tied in different ways between trees
make a pulley using ropes over trees
flour trails to find hidden treasure
making bows and arrows
not sure if these are 'forest school' activities but this is what we do in the woods :o

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:59 AM

What's magic painting?

We've walked round the woods with mirrors under our chins and looked at the reflections we can see of clouds, treetops etc. Have mad crowns using cardboard bands with sticky back plastic on and leaves, twigs etc from woods stuck on them - they really look amazing. Andy Goldsworthy type sculptures with natural objects. Dens for us and nests / homes for our crow puppet! Trails for each other to follow. Hunted for signs of living things - pawprints, poo etc! Measured tree trunks - how many children fit round this tree? Which tree is biggest, has most children fitting round them?

Have you had forest school training? We haven't but have a woods really close to our school and go there all the time. Wood (ha ha!) love to have training but not sure how expensive and whether HT would be convinced. Do people do forest schools all through primary successfully? How much does training etc cost?



It is just different coloured water in bottles with paintbrushes and you can add glitter, it works better on a dry day, also painting with mud. I did a taster course which was one day around 120, they give you enough ideas for 6 weeks and then the idea is that the children then lead the play and exploration. On the course they did say it was alot of work to do the level 3 course but you can pretty much do everything you want as long as you don't call yourself a forest school. I just do it with reception at the moment but next year we are hoping that year 1 will do it too.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 08:18 AM

Thank you for the links bluestar. luluj

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:05 PM

Thank you for the links bluestar. luluj

Hi what about dream catchers Marshie

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:27 PM

This week we are going to light a fire, pop corn in 2 sieves, marshmallows..........should be fun.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

Hope it doesn't rain on you then!

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 06:57 PM

Can you explain about pop corn in 2 sieves please it sounds wonderful. Thanks Anne

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 07:10 PM

Does anyone know where we can get some willows from for an outdoor feature - we need some really long ones not just short ones to thread through a sculpture. I am in Birmingham so needs to be postal delivery or close to us.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:30 PM

Can you explain about pop corn in 2 sieves please it sounds wonderful. Thanks Anne


It's just 2 sieves wired together and held over the fire - with the kernels inside obviously :o then held over the fire so that teh childre can actually see the kernels popping and changing into popcorn

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 12:36 PM

Can you explain about pop corn in 2 sieves please it sounds wonderful. Thanks Anne



First time trying it but it worked well, we lit the fire, then you put the popcorn in a metal sieve, cover it with another sieve, it gets to the right heat and starts popping. The children loved watching it pop

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:51 PM

What's magic painting?

We've walked round the woods with mirrors under our chins and looked at the reflections we can see of clouds, treetops etc. Have mad crowns using cardboard bands with sticky back plastic on and leaves, twigs etc from woods stuck on them - they really look amazing. Andy Goldsworthy type sculptures with natural objects. Dens for us and nests / homes for our crow puppet! Trails for each other to follow. Hunted for signs of living things - pawprints, poo etc! Measured tree trunks - how many children fit round this tree? Which tree is biggest, has most children fitting round them?

Have you had forest school training? We haven't but have a woods really close to our school and go there all the time. Wood (ha ha!) love to have training but not sure how expensive and whether HT would be convinced. Do people do forest schools all through primary successfully? How much does training etc cost?


I'm just doing the level 3 practitioner training - it is absolutely fantastic. We have done it as a borough, so i'm not sure about costs, but this is the company that is doing our training and they come highly recommended!
http://www.forestschooltraining.co.uk/
Other useful sites are:

http://www.shropshir...02575450054B510

http://schools.norfo...mp;p=1127,index

http://www.foresteducation.org/

I hope these are helpful




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