Category: Forest School

Musical Instruments

With the recent winds and the autumnal equinox just passed there are plenty of leaves freshly fallen to the forest floor ready to be enjoyed in a multitude of ways.  Personally I love the sound of the crisp leaves underfoot as I meander through…

Treasure Cones

With the taste of autumn in the air, cooler and shorter days leave no doubt but that summer has passed for another year.  There is something refreshing in observing the seasons and being reminded that there is a time for everything.  The woods are…

Rock pools

The summer has been such a wonderful time of outdoor adventures both with adults and with little ones alike.  More time was spent at the beach than in the woods, however I was lucky to spend time in a place where the woods would…

Treasure Maps

One of the benefits of visiting the same woodland site each week over the whole school year is that we intimately get to know every part of that space.  It is lovely to note when a child observes a fallen branch or some other…

When I am among the trees

‘When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily.’   I always dreamed of finding…

I wonder…

“I wonder” is a powerful question, it opens up our curiosity, and from this comes exploration, experience, awareness and an opportunity to learn.  I often feel that a perceived lack of knowledge of our natural world is preventing adults from taking children outdoors and…

Bug hotels

Going on a bug hunt is one of the most simple yet satisfying activities that can easily take place in the woods. No resources are needed, just turn over rocks and dead wood (ensuring to return it to its rightful place afterwards) and see…

Giant Nests

A really simple activity this time of year in the woods when sticks abound is to create giant nests.  Everything you could need can be found on the forest floor, and great fun can be had finding the perfect spot, perched up on a…

Bird Feeders

Pine cone bird feeders to ensure our feathered friends stay well fed through the cold winter

Behaviour, who is it challenging?

I always thoroughly enjoy spending time with my Forest School family and have been blessed to once again join in supportive community, this time at the beautiful Crann Óg Eco Farm outside Gort, Co Galway.  Twelve Forest School Leaders from all over Ireland gathered…

Hibernation

As the seasons change our mornings have definitely turned a little crisper, so as we wrap up with extra socks and gloves and scarves it is time to think of ways to help the creatures with whom we share our woodlands during the winter…