Tag: Forest School

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…

Leaf Art

Getting back to the woods with my preschool group at Muddy Boots was something I’d been looking forward to since we finished up last June.  I knew that it would mostly be new children, with just five children from last year staying on for…

River run

We are very lucky in Barna woods to have various streams running through the woods, although not all of them are running at all times.  With the amount of rain that fell in August and continued into September, there has been an abundance of…

Miniature Playgrounds

With schools having opened their doors again this week many will be feeling the strain of returning to the structures and routines associated with back to school.  Those who were lucky enough to have a summer of roaming the great outdoors, barefoot and carefree,…

Sink and Fade

As we come to the end of the summer holidays, hopefully this does not signal the end of your trips to the woods.  The woods truly are a magical place to spend time all year round, and each season brings new treasures with it. …

Camouflage

During my forest school training I always wore my purple waterproof jacket.  It wasn’t something I thought about, I just naturally donned my waterproof gear each morning as I set off for the magical woodlands of Hollywood, Co. Wicklow.  Maybe I should have given…

Tracking Wildlife

As the summer stretches on I often hear parents say that they have run out of places to take the kids.  However, I don’t think that there is any limit on how many visits you can make to the woods.  I work with children…

We’re going on a bug hunt…

I’ve been in the woods all week and true to west of Ireland form in July the weather has been erratic.  We’ve had downpours followed by sun, days where I wore all my winter layers, and days where we watched the steam rise from…

The “How to …” Guide, Part 2

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to head to the woods and try out another fun activity with all the family.  Happy wondering wild.

The “How to…” Guide, Part 1

It’s the summer holidays and many families have more time to spend together away from the structure of school days and rigid timetables.  Be it the weekend or a week’s holidays away from home, finding ways of getting out of the house and keeping…