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Loppers and Knives

Cedars are really keen to make another fire, and next time they want to cook bread dampers. We decided last week that they should make their own skewers to wrap the bread dough around and toast over the fire. So…today they had to learn how to use some of the tools in Mrs. Smith’s big tool box! Firstly, the loppers,  to cut down a fresh stick that would make a good skewer. We talked about which wood was best for putting food on…the children suggested that it should be clean, and long so they don’t burn their hands. Both great suggestions! They learnt that Hazel is a good tree to use as the bark strips off easily, and it is safe…unlike some sticks which can have a toxic sap. They also learnt that it’s better to use freshly cut sticks that are more moist, than older dry ones, which may easily set alight.

Cedars listened intently to the ‘tool talk’, learning how to safely use the loppers. They then searched for a hazel tree, correctly identifying it by the leaves.

They were able to demonstrate how to hold, pass and cut with the loppers and made sure that they were ‘two arms and a tools width’ away from anyone before starting to cut.

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Once everyone had cut a hazel stick, they listened to another tool talk…this time learning how to use a knife to strip the bark off their stick. All of the children were super sensible, safe and careful, and made a great job of making their skewers.

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And while all this concentration was going on, there were lots of other things happening around the forest site!img_6085img_6086p1140998p1140999p1150002p1150012p1150025p1150028

…all finished off with a great game of ‘123 where are you’. This has to be the best hiding place ever!! p1150044

3 Responses to “Loppers and Knives”

  1. Elijah says:

    I used a lopper to cut the stick and I was really pleased. I carved a stick with a knife. It was the first time I used a lopper and a knife.

    • Deb Smith says:

      I was really pleased too Elijah! You listened very carefully to the tool talk and could tell me how to safely use the knife. You made a great job of whittling your stick.

  2. Elijah says:

    The obstacle course was so fun and very hard. I did the tyres first and then crawled under the net.

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