Forest School leaders introduce activities to the group in order to awaken their interest, insprire their creativity and give the group ideas to develop themselves.
Activities really do vary greatly and it is not possible to list everything here but a typical session could include;
Safe fire lighting and fire management
Simple camp fire cooking
Art and sculpture using woodland materials
Storytelling / role play themed around natural places and spaces
Activities based on popular nature-based stories such as the Gruffalo, Owl Babies, etc
Activities using simple hand tools and natural resources such as green wood and other plant material.
Natural play trails or rope trails
Den building with natural resources or rope and tarpaulins
Wild yoga and movement
Buckets and digging activities for earth and mud play
Games, stories and conversations to promote environmental awareness.
As the weeks progress, and the children become familiar with their outdoor space, the safe routines of Forest School, and the possibilities open to them, they are encouraged to initiate their own play and develop ideas at their own pace. Forest School leaders are trained to observe the children as individuals and to appreciate individual learning styles. This enables them to facilitate further learning and progression through provision of appropriate support.