I’ve been wanting to check out a forest school for a long time. Forest school is an educational approach that takes children out into the woods. Our belief that children should be outdoors as much as possible is a big part of why we want to home educate. I’ve been considering joining a forest school group as a way of forcing me to take our girls outdoors as it doesn’t come that naturally to me, especially in the colder months.
So, it was a delight to be invited along for some “spooky fun” at Wraxall Piece with Bristol forest school, Wild Foresters. The morning started with a hunt for Halloween-themed objects such as witchy fingers (sticks) and pumpkin-coloured leaves. Talitha loves just this sort of thing. Give her a list and she’s happy, that girl.
Between activities, we sat in a round on logs with a fire in the middle. I had a welcome cup of tea while the children went off on a treasure hunt for chocolate biscuits hidden amongst the trees. It was a bit of a sugar rush with toasting marshmallows to finish the formal bit of our session but then it was a Halloween treat and the fire invited some toasting.
I think the kids mostly enjoyed romping free without any agenda in a den built by another group of children beforehand. They added their own sticks to the structure but spent the rest of our time in the woods creating their own fun as their adults chatted a little distance away. It was especially lovely to catch up with a few other South West bloggers we see from time to time: Laura from Side Street Style, Carolin from Mummy Alarm, Liska from New Mum Online and Jane from Practically Perfect Mums Portishead.
Wild Foresters offers educational adventures for toddlers and primary aged children. They’re running a couple of Halloween-themed mornings next week at Wraxall Piece. I recommend you ring for directions, though, as I got horrendously lost on the way there (no great surprise for me)! I’m glad we made it – a morning well spent.