Here at WildAboutWoods, we are passionate about children learning and playing through hands on experiences in the great outdoors. We provide the Forest School experience in the Plymouth and surrounding area.
What is Forest School?
Forest School - Learning to take care of ourselves, each other and the environment
Forest School is an outside classroom where children have the opportunity to develop holistically in the outdoor environment through play and exciting games and activities. They learn about nature in a fun and exciting way which stimulate all their senses, and gives them fresh air and exercise.
Who is it suitable for?
Forest School is suitable for anyone!
Ideal for:- Birthday Parties, School days out, activities week, pre school, primary School, secondary School, special needs, family days, youth groups and clubs .From early years to teens. Ideal for local community groups & clubs, school holiday activities, school trips, themed parties, family days and more....
The site we use is Snowdrop Woods, which is a secure setting within the idyllic Woodlands of Saltram National Trust Park in Plymouth.
This site is specially set up and used for the purpose of Forest Schools, with plenty of materials for den building, rope swings and a fire circle.
This site is ideal for large School groups, Birthday Parties and special events.
However, any Woodland setting would be suitable, or indeed a large back garden.
The ‘woodland’ can also be brought to the child’s place of learning, and if a School grounds allow, we can set up a Forest School site within them.
- Fire lighting
- Learning about nature
- Tool use
- Environmental Art
- Nature Crafts
- Den building
- Nature Games
- Campfire cooking
- Themed Parties
In Forest Schools we use the natural resources around us to deliver enriching activities, for example whittling, using coppiced ash, alder or hazel, and dream catchers using willow or other small green bendy branches. Alder makes good charcoal and elder is good for making beads.
Woodlands are a haven for wildlife, activities include mini beast hunts where the children find and draw their insects, which they then identify using resources provided by the Forest School Leader. Then using clay, twigs and other natural materials they can create their own mini beasts. Mammals and birds are more difficult to see but we can look for and identify their homes.
Den building is always a firm favourite with children and adults alike, providing hours of fun and imaginative play for all ages and abilities.
Fire lighting is another favourite with the children learning about what is needed to make a fire, collecting materials and having a go at fire starting using a flint. This activity can then lead on to campfire cooking and toasting of marshmallows!
If you have particular theme or activity you would like to do then we will try and do our best to accommodate. We are always open for new ideas and suggestions; In fact one parent showed us how to make duchy arrows which are now a very popular thing to make among the boys.