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INSPIRATIONS - wooden discs

Wooden discs are a great open-ended resource for using in a forest school setting or early years woodworking area. Perfect for little hands (and big)! On this page we have put together a dizzying collection of disc activities to inspire you!

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* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like these – often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • woodens discs/ovals

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use

Simply Paint

Our activities have step-by-step painting schemes to help you on your way.

Painted pumpkins

A fun hand-painted Halloween decoration, perfect to hang indoors or out.

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Simple painted snowflakes

A simple festive creative children's activity. Mark making on wooden noggins to create some fun, effective seasonal decorations.

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Draw or paint a spider's web

A super simple mark making activity using a wooden disc to create a spider web decoration.

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Simple disc activities using tools

Wooden stamps

Hammering into wood - create imprints & practise tool skills. Great idea and activity for the early years woodworking area.

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Spikey nails hedgehog

This simple tool activity is a great idea for an early years woodwork area.

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Drill a wooden disc

A simple and fun tool activity for young children using a rotary hand drill or a palm drill.

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Hapa zome decorations

Create natural prints on wooden discs using a hammer! A great little activity for young children who love bashing with hammers!

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Disc creatures

An activity using natural materials and a palm drill to create magical creatures!

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Nail art star

A super simple children's woodworking activity using a hammer and nails.

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Festive discs

Santa decorations

Simple seasonal craft activity suitable for children. Paint a wooden disc and make a lovely tree decoration or tags for a present.

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Threaded decorations

Make your own wooden threading disc - an activity and a decoration all in one! Makes a great children's woodworking activity.

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Festive tic tac toe

Super-cute home made Noughts & Crosses (aka Tic Tac Toe) board & counters with a festive theme - great for presents or parties!

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A few other ideas


Disc labels

Label your homemade jam or other goodies.

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Coloured disc mural

We found this disc mural next to a lake in Lichfield – fabulous idea.

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Chain Mail Discs

Fab idea from @JoFreeRangePlay

Disc games

Disc board game

If you have a dice you can create your own board game using the discs as spaces. Use a woodland animal as a counter/character. Throw the dice and move along the disc path.

Disc memory/Pelmanism* game

Make your own memory game.

Choose discs that are a similar size/shape (this may be challenging!). Draw your picture on one side and make a matching pair.

Repeat this with as many discs as you like, mix them up, turn them over and play with your own homemade matching game.

* Pelmanism is a system of memory training originally devised by the Pelman Institute for the Scientific Development of Mind, Memory, and Personality in the 1890s

In the Muddy Faces shop

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Nature Trails

We have a great selection of UK Grown Wood trail discs; including plants, animals and numbers!

Cat UK Wood Chalkboard

UK Wood Chalk Discs

UK grown wooden chalk discs, designed and made by Muddy Faces, suitable for early years children to use outdoors to make Forest School signs, different mark making patterns and more.

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Discs & Boards

A natural resource of discs and boards perfect for Forest School activities.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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