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Loose parts play…

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Today Oaks and Firs had a wonderful time creating, experimenting and problem solving with a range of ‘loose parts’.

It was left to them to decide what to do with the resources, and it was wonderful to see how engaged and excited the children were in their discoveries…

We also continued with our medal making that we started last week…

And look what else we did today…

 

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.

Rowans special treat

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

As it was the last day for Rowans class today, we had two special treats…toasting marshmallows over the fire, followed by an Easter egg hunt!

First we watched Mrs Smith build the fire, talking about all the different thicknesses and types of wood. Then we learnt how to use the fire striker…

Then Mrs Smith lit the fire and we all helped to add a stick…

Once the fire had died down, we used the embers to toast our marshmallows…

We enjoyed squashing them between two biscuits…they were delicious! Before we started our egg hunt, we put out the fire to make sure everything was left safely…

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.

Look at our piggy faces!

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Rowans were super sensible this week when practising using the drill. In previous weeks they had used the bow saw to cut some small wood slices and they used these to make two little pig ears. They drilled  a hole in each ear, then used another larger wood slice for the pig’s face-drilling two further holes in order to attach the ears.

We also had fun blowing (and pulling!) down the straw house we made last week…

…and enjoyed making some lovely mud kitchen food in order to fill up the hungry wolf-we thought it a much better alternative to him eating the pigs!!

 

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 Straw house that didn’t blow down…

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Today we built a fabulous straw house-perfect for a little pig to shelter in and stromg enough to keep out a wolf!

Once the structure was done, straw was added. Not far away, a team of  mud-makers were busy preparing some special forest ‘cement’…

The mud cement was used to hold together the straw and sticks…we were very pleased with it and thought it worked really well.

We tried to blow the house down…but it was strong enough to stay standing! Well done Rowans!

We also continued making wood cookies using the bow saw…

And we enjoyed lots of other self selected (and often imaginative) activities including taking log dog for a  walk, making music and creating a picnic feast in the wooden playhouse.

 

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.

 

Stick houses…in the rain!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

What a wet wet WET day today! But this didn’t stop Rowans from smiling and working hard out in the woods.

We started the morning with a recap of the 3 Little Pigs story, then looked at a letter that had been sent from Bob The Builder. In the letter, he asked the children to help to rebuild the stick houses that the wolf had blown down…

So we set to work…

One of the children had the clever idea of turning our wooden playhouse into the stick house, by placing sticks onto the roof…

Once this was complete, we took turns to be a wolf or a pig. The pigs hid inside the house, whilst the wolves knocked on the door…and called out “Little pigs, little pigs, let us come in!” It was great fun!

Because everyone was well protected from head to foot, the rain certainly didn’t stop us enjoying our time in Forest School today…we made the  most of it, right up to the last few minutes outside. Puddles are great when you’re properly dressed!

However, as a river had started to run through the site!!!…we decided to come in a little earlier than usual today. We dried off, had our hot chocolate inside Hollies and spent some time looking at the bird box camera which has just been set up outside. We looked back at last year’s videos of the birdbox-watching the baby birds growing and feeding. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for better weather (and for a bird to start nesting) by next Tuesday!

 

 

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