Forest School, den building, fun and learning
Forest School, fun and learning

Educational Session Activities


 

Forest School is different from Outdoor Education as most people know it. Where Outdoor Education is task led, based around an issue or a problem to be solved, Forest School is led by the learners’ interest within a loosely structured framework of intended outcomes that builds on the interests and curiosity of the learner.

 

The types of outdoor activities children undertake within Wild Times Woodland Adventures can include the following. There are always more, often created and led by the children themselves. Any selected activities will depend on the learner’s age, stage of development and interests:

 

  • Field Studies Activities – mini beast hunts, pond dipping, tree identification, bird watching, life cycle games.

  • Sensory Activities – games to do with colour, smell, sound, touch, blindfold games.

  • Bushcraft – shelter building, knot use, fire lighting and cooking, wild foods, whittling.

  • Woodland crafts – willow crafts, natural jewellery, weaving, natural dyes, traditional crafts.

  • Teambuilding and trust games – blindfold games, circle games, problem solving activities, team games.

  • Wildlife conservation – tree planting, nest box construction, coppicing, fence/path building.

  • Imaginative activities – story telling, drama, role play, songs.

  • Physical play – tree climbing, balancing, log dragging, digging.

  • Construction – shelter building, rafts, rope swings, tree houses, pulleys.