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
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.
A CHILD'S EYE VIEW OF FOREST SCHOOL
This article is a lovely example of the levels of learning that occur during Forest School activities.
This article appeared in issue 4 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
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