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Forest School activities

What activities happen at Forest School?

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Forest School activities are led by the children attending

Because projects are child-led* there is no set programme – one group may spend spend six weeks looking for insects and getting into insect identification, another group may not show an interest in this area but really want to build a shelter waterproof enough to sleep in, made only of natural materials.

It is up to the leaders to observe their groups to identify interests and support their learning.

Read our introduction to child-led play by Jan White

Child led play

At Muddy Faces we feel it is vitally important to consider a child-led approach when making activities available to your groups.

We asked Jan White, internationally-recognised consultant and speaker for outdoor provision in the early years, to explain.

Read More about Child led play

Every activity provides a learning opportunity, even simple things like:

  • splashing in puddles
  • rolling in leaves
  • catching rain on a tarpaulin
  • building a snow slide
  • drying mud out in the sun until it cracks
  • sliding down a mud slide
  • making mud pies
  • looking for worms
  • painting on a leaf…

As you can imagine, the list of activities at forest school is endless! Check out our Activities section (see below) for ideas or to share your favourite activities with others.

Because of the high adult:child ratios and comprehensive training required of Forest School practitioners, more involved activities can also take place, built up to over a long period of time, such as tree climbing, lighting fires, outdoor cooking, low ropes challenges, using tools to make things or to help with construction.

Some Forest School activity ideas

Activities

We have hundreds of outdoor activities to explore, from simple, fun, less-than-an-hour arts and crafts, to more complex projects that'll keep you going for a few hours or even weeks; plus a range of themed inspiration pages, technical guides and video demonstrations.

There is something for everyone in our activities section.

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See also

Child led play

At Muddy Faces we feel it is vitally important to consider a child-led approach when making activities available to your groups.

We asked Jan White, internationally-recognised consultant and speaker for outdoor provision in the early years, to explain.

Read More about Child led play

Natural Play Principles

The Natural Play Principles* are designed to articulate a child-centred and nature-focused approach called Natural Play. Natural Play enables children’s natural ways of growing, learning and thriving with the help of the natural world.

* developed in collaboration between Jan White (Early Childhood Natural Play), Suzanne Scott (Sandfield Natural Play Centre), Ann Thompson (Naturally Creative and Sandfield Natural Play Centre) and Menna Godfrey (Quackers Playgroup & Natural Play Centre).

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