Today we had some rain showers.. we played a game, put up a very good shelter and then everybody decided they loved it and didn't want to leave! While the rain came down, all the forest schoolers took part in creating a story. Everybody had a turn and enjoyed it so much that they continued for the entirety of the session! Once the rain had almost stopped we pulled up our hoods and ventured out to a beautiful willow area, where the group used snips and loppers to cut lengths make crowns for kings, queens and marshmallow fairies. When it was home time Garry the Goat came over to received his crown made by a member of the group, he said goodbye to everyone and had a little nibble on some the nature crowns :p
It was looking rather murky out there this morning, but we didn't let that stop us. The forest schoolers came prepared with water proofs and made a rain shelter whilst being blown around by the wind. They made tent pegs from sticks and branches to prop up the shelter from inside. After having a well deserved snack, everybody settled down to concentrate on making a sword. They collected sticks as long as their arms and cut shorter sticks wider than their palms, using loppers and saws. They used potato peelers and knives to whittle and remove bark and used twine to tie their sticks together to make a sword that was just the right size! The group used 'dead wood' found on the ground. The group talked about having a sword fight and how to 'play safe' then had an amazing game of 'Robin Hood' in the forest school area. After lunch it was time to wander back to parents. Well done everyone - you were amazing!
Some very fun bow and arrow makers came today and some bows that mysteriously transformed themselves into washing lines for hedgehogs!
We collected feathers, set up a camp, used loppers to cut willow and Beech, used potato peeler's and knives to whittle and peel the bark from the bow wood, used twine and tied knots and hey presto - a beautiful bow! We then collected straight branches to make our arrows, used peeler's and knives to create patterns in the arrow wood, shaped and added feathers that we had collected earlier - Wow a good job done and new skills learnt about being safe with tools, different types of wood, trees and leaves, measuring lengths, knot tying and sharing.
Today the group played Frisbee, completed the 'Den' and started making bows and arrows. They used: knives, loppers, snips, potato peelers, gloves and string. Gary the goat came along too!
The weather was amazing last Saturday Club and everybody had a fantastic time! The Den building skills were fantastic!... Knot tying and Lopper use as well!
Some excellent team work with a broad age range of children. Well done everybody you were fab!
On Saturday we had our first Saturday Club in our new location! It was brilliant fun: we learnt about the country code and how to stay safe in the forest school area. We used pop up shelters to stay out of the sun and to eat our lunch. We did some team work where we made a wigwam from items that were collected on the walk up to the forest school base, we learnt how to tie knots , we played some games and climbed a tree. Some of the children even bottle fed a baby goat! A great time was had by all and we are looking forward to using tools this coming Saturday!