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Hapa-zome

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Hapa-zome is a Japanese word meaning ‘leaf dye’ and is given to the process of transferring the natural pigments from leaves and flowers onto fabric or paper to create an image.

Firs and Oaks really enjoyed using the hammer to create beautiful pictures made of flowers, leaves and grasses. They concentrated really well, looked carefully at what they were doing , were fascinated with the end results…and were excited to take them home to show their parents!

We also did a little bit of counting and sorting, used the ropes imaginatively, did some finding and collecting, climbed and explored, used the  hammocks, used creativity with natural resources (making a gate to enter/leave an area!) and helped our friends. All in all, a perfect Forest School day.

Forest Music…

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Before we headed out to the woods today, we stopped off in Butter-Bee gardens to check in on the tadpoles we discovered recently in the pond. It was very exciting to see them swimming!

Today we used natural resources to make forest school shakers. We had such fun making and playing with them

When we’d made our shakers, we hung them up…and listened to all the different sounds as we played with them.

What clever children we have! Today we saw a super climber, an adventurer, a collector and an artist.

This little man loved looking at the tadpoles…and he was really keen to see the ‘mummy frog’. Although we didn’t spot the frog…he made up for this by creating his own frog from soil, sticks stones and a leaf.

Nests

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Oaks and Firs had a great time this week, searching for bird pictures out in the woods

Once they had all been discovered, we found the matching pictures and then named the birds. One very clever girl read all the bird names for us!

We looked at a real bird nest and talked about what sort of bird had made it…then the children had a go at making their own nests. They chose from sticks, straw, shredded card, stuffing and wool…and we were very impressed at how good the nests looked!

Some children worked with an adult, some independently, some with a friend or two…

We also enjoyed playing with leaf showers, hunting for bugs, digging, discovering, climbing, balancing and playing with our friends…

 

Forest Faces

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Today was all about happy faces! Look at the fantastic creations our youngest children made out in the woods…

We also had fun experimenting with rolling and catching balls, learning how to balance a long tube between two trees…

…and enjoyed a whole range of other Forest School activities on this lovely sunny day

 

A perfect day for flying a kite…

Thursday, 14 March 2019

What a windy week we’ve had! With wind speeds too high to risk going into the woods, we decided to make the most of the weather by making and flying kites.

We started off by selecting a plastic bag and tying string to the handles. Then we decorated it with ribbons…

We then went out onto the playground to fly our kites-to start with it was a bit tricky. We had to learn how to hold (and hold onto!) the kites. Once we’d mastered this, we started to move and then run with them.

We all enjoyed our windy morning and watching the children problem solve, make connections, engage with the real world and have such fun, was a pleasure for us all.

 

The Hugging Tree

Thursday, 7 March 2019

There’s no such thing as bad weather…just bad clothing! And with layers and waterproofs on to combat the rain,  Oaks and Firs enjoyed their rainy day outside in Forest School.

In the  morning, Oaks used their hugs to help to find the perfect hugging tree! Once we’d chosen one we liked, we began decorating it…

Firs added some more wool in the afternoon, then helped to put up our ‘hugging tree’ sign…

Some of the children also chose to complete a forest scavenger hunt. They looked for lots of different things and helped to identify or name them…

The mud kitchen was a particular favourite in the wet weather…we think that the collection of rainwater added an extra level of interest! It was great to see such lovely co-operative play here…

…and such deep interest and enjoyment in other chosen activities around the woods.

Hammer Time!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

It was another lovely sunny day in Forest School today. We gathered as always in the  log circle to look at what we could do…

Whilst the sun shone, we look the opportunity to sit quietly, listen carefully and practise using the hammer to tap nails into a big slice of wood. We started off by remembering how and where to hold the hammer, naming the  handle, the  head and the claw of the hammer.

We used a special glove on our helper hand and carefully tapped in the nails. Then we chose a band to stretch beween two nails…

What great work! Also on offer today was a building challenge, using lots of small wood slices. The children stacked, built bridges, made a wood sandwich and counted and sorted them…

…and we bug hunted, shared the hammock, and enjoyed every minute on our time in the woods!

 

A home for mouse and friends…

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

What a surprise it was when we found a little mouse in a lovely little house, out in the woods this morning. We looked at his house and at all of his animal friends, then some of the children chose to make their own house for one of the toy animals…

We thought that mouse might be hungry…so collected and talked about the tiny things that he might like to eat…

As always, there was lots going on around the site. Take a look…

Pull!!!!!

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Oaks and Firs had such a lovely time this week, flexing their muscles and using ropes to pull different sized logs and tyres along the ground. Some were heavier than others…and some needed a friend or two to lend a helping hand!

We  tried pulling one after another and thought and talked about which one was heavier. We shared, we helped one another, we worked hard and we used our imaginations…

We also listened (with excitement!) to the birds singing in the trees, Enjoyed exploring, climbing and jumping, and waited patiently for turns on the swing. All in all, a happy fun filled day in the woods.

Bird feeders on a chilly day…

Thursday, 31 January 2019

It’s been a super chilly week again! With below freezing conditions, we decided that for this week, we would stay inside. But we managed to get out briefly to hang out our fabulous hand-made bird feeders.

We started off our session by watching lots of garden birds on the whiteboard-we enjoyed watching them flying in to eat some seeds. We set about making our own seed feeders and cheerios rings…

The children concentrated brilliantly with their threading and twisting, mixing and patting down…and were excited to choose where to hang their feeders. In the afternoon, we stood at the door and watched the birds as they flew into the dell to investigate their new food!

We also really enjoyed investigating and experimenting with different fir cones and sticks. We used wool to wrap around the cones and hang them from the sticks.

 

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