Category Archives: forest schools

Finding the Perfect Preschool

Regular readers will remember that when I moved to the US, I struggled to find a preschool that I was entirely happy with.  I became so disillusioned that I decided to home preschool for a year. I’d lost faith of ever finding … Continue reading

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Fairy Houses in the Woods.

Look I think someone has been building fairy houses in the trees! Do you believe in fairies? On a quiet walk around Beaver Lake Park, we discovered that they had taken up residence. Had the fairies crafted their own houses … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play: Nature Faces

I’ve got an idea Mummy. How about we get the plates we use for barbecues, collect lots of things from around the garden like leaves and sticks and stuff and make people. Great idea. You could use things from the loose … Continue reading

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Mud Faces for International Mud Day

Our first week of the school holidays has been rainy. Perfect for our preparation for International Mud day on Saturday.  We have been planting bulbs and sunflowers and finding bugs and worms under the ground. Today we gave our trees … Continue reading

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If You Go Down to the Woods Today – 10 Woodland Activities for Children

We had a lovely time today at Glenny Woods organised by our local Children’s Centre. Glenny Woods is a wonderful woodland centre owned by the Scouts Movement.  They have an indoor room with a veranda for when it is wet, an area … Continue reading

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Someone to Watch Over Me – Childhood Risks

I’m so pleased that my eldest (almost 7) has finally started to play in the street with her friends.  It is well known that if you ask adults about the most memorable and enjoyable times from their childhood they will almost … Continue reading

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