Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Play The Forest School Way



The forest school movement is gaining in popularity over the last few years. Forest School is a way to help your child to connect with nature and learn new skills by being adventurous and having fun. This is done with woodland crafts, games and other activities. 

I love the whole idea of forest school and children getting out and learning outdoors. I recently found out that once a month a playgroup will be running on a Saturday morning at a local woods which is suitable for all ages and am tempted to see what the next session in July is like. 

I was recently sent a copy of Play The Forest School Way which will be released on the 16th June RRP £12.99.  It's packed full of ideas for children from the ages of 3 up 11 years old. Some of the ideas in the book are: 

- Nature Jewelry
- constructing a bow and arrow
- building shelter
and 
- Foraging for food. 

The book follows the forest school philosophy of encouraging self-esteem, confidence, risk management and social skills within an outdoor environment. The book is to aid parent's to follow aspects of forest school in the way they handle play sessions. Each of the activities in the book are targeted for different age ranges, for playing in groups and for with just one or two children. The book is written for parents and carers however the instructions are written simply so children can read them too. I love that the book is made robust so that it can withstand outdoor handling. 

Even though Blake is too young for the activities mentioned in this book at the moment I definitely feel it will come in handy for using when he is older but also gives me more knowledge and understanding on the whole forest school concept. 

Have you ever gone to forest school? if not is it something you would be interested in doing? 





23 comments:

  1. My son does forest school every week in reception. He loves it:) It is so important that kids learn to love the outdoors

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  2. No, I've never even heard of a forest school but yes, would definitely be interested too. We like doing outdoor activities too :) x

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  3. I don't have much experience of this but it is something they do at my son's new primary school - great ideas!

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  4. Wow! This looks great. I love the idea of getting out and about with the little ones xx

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  5. It's funny, my friend mentioned that he's taken his son to 'forest school' the other day! This is the second time I've heard that term in the last week. I'd not heard of it before!

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  6. We have never visited before but it sounds like something Gee would enjoy x

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  7. What a great idea! My step son would love this

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  8. It not something I've heard of before - thank you for posting about it :)

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  9. My friends daughter has started Forest School, I hadn't heard of it before then. I look forward to hearing what she says about it x

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  10. I hadn't heard of the term 'forest school' before. I'm sure I will when Tyler starts reception! xx

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  11. My friends run a forest school and my kids adore it - love getting back to nature and getting involved too

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  12. This is the first I have heard of Forest school. It sounds really interesting and I will love to buy the book. I am sure my kids will love it.

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  13. My kids like the outdoors a lot so I can see myself a book like this at some point. Maybe when they are older.

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  14. I have never heard of the forest school movement but I do like the sound of it! Its important to connect to nature!

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  15. I have never heard of this before but it sounds fascinating, what a great idea x

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  16. My daughter is currently doing forest school in nursery. The book looks great x

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  17. Ed's nephew goes to forest school and adores it. So good for children to spend a day unplugged, and to not even think about all those e devices.

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  18. I love the idea of forest school and encouraging children to think beyond the class room and be adventurous

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  19. Forest school is talked about a lot in the home education community when my little ones are old enough we will be taking them, I love the idea, I also love this book which I hadn't heard of so much check it out, both my little ones love the outdoors

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  20. I love this idea! My daughter's nursery have a forest school in the pre school bit and it looks so great. One of the main reasons we picked her nursery was for the outdoor facilities - they have such large areas for the kids to play in and encourage it in all weathers. This book looks great, thanks for sharing :)

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  21. I've been wondering what s forest school was. What a lovely book too.

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  22. This is great for ideas and motivation
    Lots of brilliant ideas for fun

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  23. I never heard of this before but it seems so interesting. I love the idea of it, wish I was a child so i can sign up. x

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