All posts filed under: Forest School

Summer Holiday Fun for an Active Childhood

I’m so confused as to how it’s almost July, and feeling a little sad as my babies prepare to leave their reception and year 2 classes respectively. However, I am quite excited about our summer holidays – spending six weeks with the children always sounds like such a lovely idea in June! At the beginning of August, we are flying to Mykonos and then heading to Paros for a few days with Nanny Bee, but other than that have no concrete plans. I have lots of things that I would like to do this summer, from camping trips and days out to science experiments and reading challenges – the overall theme being one of simple, outdoor fun and, hopefully, plenty of time spent with family and friends.    Forest school and beach education ideas always appeal to me and I would love to spend some days exploring these; building dens, making campfires, searching for bugs and sea creatures… One of our favourite things to do last summer was to visit art galleries with a sketchbook. Miss …

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The Outdoors Project

I always feel that there is something so magical about being outdoors with children. Of course, I cannot speak for all children, but mine certainly come alive. Their movements are bigger and bolder, their language becomes richer, they are coworkers like never before, loyal, trusting and fearless, they dash up trees and build forts; above all, their smiles are broader.    You really do get a sense that they are fulfilled and enriched by such experiences, whether they be by the sea, in the woods, up a hill, or just at the local park. One of our favourite places to play is in a forest or woods. We took a trip to the Forest of Dean last summer and it remains one of our very favourite holidays. There is always something to do when surrounded by trees and wood and nature; and if you’re ever stuck for ideas, just ask a child! Their imaginative play is packed full of more creativity than ever before when captivated by nature. They explore new sensory and messy play …

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Messy Play, Nature, and Education

I believe, wholeheartedly, in hands-on learning being the best form of education.  You wouldn’t learn to drive by reading about it in a book, or copying text about the mechanical procedures involved from a white board, so why do we expect our children to learn in this way?  To flourish in classroom environments with so few kinaesthetic learning opportunities?  It makes little sense to me.  When we stayed with Forest Holidays in May, it was with great pleasure that we found their beliefs to be in tune with our own. Prior to our holiday, we were offered the chance to enjoy a ranger activity at the Forest of Dean site in which we stayed. When we eventually arrived, we chose the Young Explorers activity session for Miss J and the boy and didn’t think much more about it until the next day.  To be totally honest, I hadn’t expected much from the session.  Perhaps a short walk through the forest and then making a collage.  I am pleased to say it was way more than that. We met up …