Product reviews & videos

Sometimes people are so pleased with their Muddy Faces orders that they spontaneously send us reviews, photos or even videos of our products in action. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time and made the effort to do this.

Reviews marked with a star are from social media ‘influencers’ that we collaborate with – Forest School or Early Years practitioners who work with children outdoors & post about it online. We send a product, they use it and tell their followers about it. Sometimes we run a giveaway together.

Dragons Sneeze

This is the item we get the most feedback on! People love it and we are often sent videos of children making their first spark, starting a fire for the first time, using one of our specially designed Dragons Sneezes!

Review from Michael James, author of Forest School and Autism

“I run Forest School sessions for adults with ASD & Learning Disabilities. Lighting fires is an activity which my learners find very rewarding but unfortunately some of the people who attend struggled to use fire steels.
Muddy Faces advised me to try their Dragon’s Sneeze fire steels which are more suitable for people who find fine motor tasks difficult.
They’re brilliant! Learners who previously couldn’t light fires can now enjoy doing so. Muddy Faces practical advice and knowledge of how to make accommodations to ensure inclusive practice have definitely helped me to improve my sessions.”

woman in red chack shirt, with arms around toddler in yellow jacket and wooly hat, helping them make a spark with a dragons sneeze fire steelLast year I was one of your winners when you asked for a name for your Dragons Sneeze! Thought I’d share this photo with you. The children enjoy using it very much at my Roots & Wings Forest School in Norfolk.

Amy Negus & Amy Shawcross
Roots and Wings Forest School

“This is an excellent striker, I use it with young people who have limited fine motor skills and they are so full of glee when they use it to light a fire.

Emily Whiteley, August 2020, on Twitter.

This wonderful video was sent to us by outdoor coach Ray Goodwin MBE. His ten-year-old daughter Maya made this excellent instructional video, with instructions for  lighting a fire using one of our fire steel and strikers, safety tips and how to make smores and hot chocolate. May 2020. (6 mins 14)

Ray was awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to canoeing. YouTube

Tweet from Stephen Simpson @forestschooling

With thanks to Malek (featured) and Forest School leader Stephen Simpson of OWL : Outdoor & Wilderness Learning.

With thanks to Kaye, Forest School Leader, Holly & Hawthorn Forest School, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
FB: HollyHawthornForestSchool / Instagram: hollyhawthorn2019

With thanks to Kaye, Forest School Leader, Holly & Hawthorn Forest School, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
FB: HollyHawthornForestSchool / Instagram: hollyhawthorn2019

To see this product in the Muddy Faces shop, go to: Dragons Sneeze

Customer service

Thank you so much for your excellent service & high quality item. Our grandson will be delighted.

Kind regards, DF

Gift vouchers

My daughter is a forest school leader and runs her own forest school site. She was so delighted to get one of your vouchers for her birthday.
The voucher not only arrived quickly but also so nicely packaged in a hessian bag – not just a downloadable document.
She was thrilled and cannot wait to browse the catalogue. Thank you!

Janice Hamilton, June 2020

To see this product in the Muddy Faces shop go to: gift vouchers

Log building set

A short video review from blogger The Male Practitioner.

To see this product in the Muddy Faces shop, go to: log building set.

Muddy Faces kit & Outdoor Hub

“They [my kids] love all their Muddy Faces kit. This is the area I’ve created at the back of my allotment for them to enjoy some freedom and risk-taking (so important with lockdown) in a forest setting. They’re growing their own cabbages too! We use the flint & steel to light fires and cook marshmallows although we have bigger plans for autumn. The play cooking pot idea from your activities section has been a huge success. My 4 year old makes all sorts of potions in there so I’d recommend that for younger kiddies. Even my eldest (15) comes along and has a sit and enjoys the peace. We will be getting some of your really well priced all weather wear later this month as we prep for the change in season. Thanks so much!”

@adventures_in_homeschool, August 2020

Leaves Trail 1-5 review
by early years blogger The Male Practitioner

“Muddy Faces is one of those websites you browse round going “oooh” and “aaaah” followed by a purchase. Everything is accessible in terms of price and it most certainly is appealing to the children.

I was lucky enough to be sent a set of the 1 – 5 Leaves Trail by the gang at Muddy Faces to review and it has proved a hit in my setting with the children.


As you will see in the picture above the concept appears to be pretty simple but between the children and myself we discovered a whole lot more with these cost-effective discs.

First of all it allows you to work on counting 1 – 5 with the children. There is the written number as well as the corresponding number of leaves on the other side.

What we also discovered is the sensory experiences available with these discs. The smell of the wood was very attractive to the children and I did spot them picking them up a few times to smells (and even lick, but that’s another story!)

Next discovery was the bark being left intact. A great way of introducing discussion about trees without really trying.

The set can be used, like most resources in early years settings, inside and out. We had ours on our tuff tray with lots of leaves and Arthur the Hedgehog! The set is also highly cost effective at £17.99 including VAT and delivery is fast which is always a bonus for us practitioners as we want a new resource fast before the children’s interest peaks!

They most certainly get two thumbs up from me!”

To read this review online click here.
To see this product in the Muddy Faces shop, go to: leaves trail 1-5.

Peg loom set

We sent The Commoning Family one of our peg loom sets and asked them to give it a go – they mastered rustic weaving brilliantly and have produced this fantastic video of how to do it. (7 mins 43)

The family live and work in the New Forest and are passionate about conservation and education.

“We are New Forest commoners and we turn out a small herd of New Forest ponies, Aberdeen Angus cattle and pigs on to the Forest. Having lived in the New Forest all of our lives we are passionate about ensuring our commoning traditions and the extraordinary biodiversity of the Forest which it supports continues.”

Mum Lyndsey said

“Thanks Muddy Faces, we absolutely loved using the peg loom. It was so easy to use and we were all able to create lovely pieces which were both decorative and practical.

The Shetland wool was amazing, so soft and beautiful. We had lots of conversations about the properties of wool and the importance of using natural materials. We loved making different patterns by changing the colours of the wool and varying the thickness of the stripes.

Whilst it is an amazing starting point for home schooling, I can’t wait to use the loom with my Forest School groups where weaving is one of our favourite activities and the peg loom can be used by small groups and individuals.”

Follow the Commoning Family on twitter here.

To see this product in the Muddy Faces shop, go to: peg loom set

SPATAP portable tap

We stumbled across this video on social media – Lizzie made it with no prompting from us, and we asked her permission to share it here.

“Lizzie Lee from Bee Outdoors offers forest school and outdoor wellbeing to schools, community groups and the public. Lizzie is passionate about nature, it’s impact on mental health/wellbeing and uses her background of working as a specialist behaviour mentor, leading nurture groups and understanding behaviour to help children and young people in her forest school and outdoor wellbeing sessions.

Lizzie will be using her spa tap in her sessions with children who love to explore the woods and embrace the outdoors and all it has to offer! The spa taps will be a brilliant addition to help keep Forest school sessions covid safe.”

Thank you Lizzie. Find Lizzie on Facebook and Twitter.

To see this product in the Muddy Faces shop, go to: SPATAP.