We had our first visit to Forest Schools. We had a Bug hunt and a Leaf Hunt. The children found spiders, slugs, worms, centipedes and millipedes. We even saw a hairy caterpillar on the way back!
The children were challenged to make a home for a paper towel. It had to be hidden so that it didn't get wet when it rained!
This week we made boats from our surroundings. We placed them in a tray of water to see if they could float - and they all did! The children then raced them down some guttering to see which was the best.
The children learnt how to use a bow saw. The children cut a slice of wood off the end of a log. They then used a small drill to pierce a hole through it to make a necklace, bracelet or a key-ring. They used felt tips to decorate it. This was the first week the weather wasn't on our side! It was wet and cold but it didn't dampen our spirits!
What a change in the weather! We made spider webs and Journey sticks. Using 2 thin sticks we wrapped wool around them to create a spider web. A Journey stick contains things we have used on our journey through Forest schools. First we wrapped wool around the stick we found and placed leaves, sticks, flowers and feathers inside the wool to decorate it.
We had a bonfire and toasted marshmallows. Before this though we had look for a stick that was longer than our arm and not too thick. Once found, we used a potato peeler to whittle one end to a point so that our marshmallow could be placed on it. We then held it in the fire and toasted it. As it was very hot, we had to blow it 20 times to cool it down before we could eat it.
Our final week! We made smores - a melted marshmallow sandwiched between 2 chocolate biscuits. The children then had a free choice to either build a den, use a flint and steel, go on a bug hunt, play in the mud kitchen or do some whittling.