Today we had fun trying to balance on the slackline at Forest School .To promote learning to balance in young children, it is important to provide them with opportunities for active play and exploration. This can include activities such as running, jumping, climbing, and playing on playground equipment. Providing a safe and supportive environment for these activities can help children build confidence and develop their balance skills over time. It is also important to be patient and encouraging, as children may need time and practice to master these skills. The snapshots and mini clips show the Reception class having fun learning a new skill that enables them to improve their balance control and overall physical coordination.
Making spiders from natural materials can be a fun and creative activity that allows you to connect with nature and exercise your creativity. There are many different materials that can be used to make spiders, such as twigs, leaves, pinecones, and acorns.
One of the fun aspects of making spiders from natural materials is the challenge of finding and selecting the materials. For example, the children might need to hunt for just the right twig or leaf to use as the spider’s body or legs. They found this to be a fun scavenger hunt that encouraged them all to explore the outdoors and appreciate the natural world.
Once they have collected all their materials, the process of assembling the spider was enjoyable and fun for the children at Forest School today. We used string to attach the various pieces together, and the children experimented with different techniques and styles to create a unique spider that reflects their own personality and aesthetic.
The children loved seeing their creations on display as a reminder of the fun and creativity they experienced while making it, as well as a celebration of the natural beauty and diversity of the world around us.
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I forgot to add this wonderful mini clip of the children in action playing and designing their very own shelter constructions today.
Shelter building requires physical activity, which is essential for children’s health and development. It can help them develop gross motor skills, coordination, and balance.
Building a shelter requires planning, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Children will need to consider the materials they have available, the terrain, and the weather to build a functional shelter. This process can help them develop problem-solving skills and improve their ability to think creatively.
Shelter building allows children at Forest School to use their creativity and imagination to design and build their structures. This activity provided an opportunity for children to explore their ideas and develop their imagination.
Teamwork was at its best today with this shelter building activity, allowing children to work together and develop their teamwork skills. They can learn to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, and support one another.
Shelter building can encourage children to appreciate nature and the environment. It can help them understand the importance of protecting natural habitats and ecosystems.
Overall, shelter building is a fun and educational activity that can offer children a range of benefits, including physical activity, problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and nature appreciation.
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A huge leaf pile is a great place to develop visual motor skills by playing look and find games and scavenger hunts. These are just a few of the many benefits of leaf play. Leaf play provides opportunities for language development, fine motor development, and creative dramatic play. Not to mention the hours of fun!
Today the children at Forest School made a leaf mobile and decided to wrap it around the oak tree in the school grounds. They managed to thread the string onto a darning needle and attach the leaves.
Afterwards they played with the leaves and as usual buried themselves under them.
Lots of giggles today at Forest School.
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Pushing and pulling are actions we use every day to move objects. There’s a fun game we can play that involves pushing and pulling with our school friends!
For this game, the children found a large object (a bucket filled with water) that they could push and pull. It could be a box, a toy wagon, or even a big stuffed animal.
The children then took it in turns to explore pushing and pulling the buckets along the rope.
You can make the game even more exciting by adding obstacles to the path. For example, you could put a pile of logs in the way that you need to push the object around.
All the group learnt how to work together with their friends and take turns pushing and pulling. This game is not about winning or losing, but about having fun and learning how to cooperate with others.
A great morning at Forest School!
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Children love the simple pleasures of playing in nature, and throwing leaves in the air is one of those activities that can bring so much joy and excitement. When children throw leaves in the air, they get to experience the thrill of watching the leaves flutter and dance in the breeze. The sound of the leaves rustling and crunching under their feet is music to their ears.
As they toss the leaves, they can experiment with different throwing techniques, like tossing them high into the air or gently tossing them at each other. They might even make up their own leaf-throwing games, like trying to catch as many leaves as possible or seeing who can make the biggest pile.
Throwing leaves in the air can also be a sensory experience for children. They get to feel the texture of the leaves in their hands, smell their earthy aroma, and marvel at the beautiful colours of the leaves as they twirl through the air.
Overall, throwing leaves in the air is a simple yet magical activity that can bring endless entertainment and delight to children. It’s a wonderful way to encourage them to explore and appreciate the wonders of nature while having fun with their friends at Forest School today.
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Burying themselves under leaves proved to be a playful and lighthearted experience, for the children who enjoy outdoor activities.
It is a way to connect with nature and immerse oneself in the beauty and tranquility of the natural world.
The children explained their feelings of the leaves and the different textures and smells proving this activity to be a unique and enjoyable sensory experience.
Lots of fun and laughter today at Forest School
Todays mushroom spotting has been a valuable educational experience for children in school, as it combines elements of science, nature study, and environmental awareness. It helps children learn about the different types of fungi, their habitats, and their ecological roles, which can foster an appreciation for the natural world. Additionally, by participating in mushroom spotting, children can develop important observation and identification skills, as well as critical thinking abilities as they try to determine the specific type of mushroom they have found. Overall, this mushroom spotting was a fun activity that helped the children develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world and the important role fungi play in it.
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To make a fallen leaf mobile with early years children, you can follow these steps:
Collect fallen leaves of various shapes and sizes, making sure they are dry and free of dirt and debris.
Provide each child with a length of fishing line or thin string.
Have the children tie a knot in one end of the string, leaving a small loop.
Demonstrate how to thread the leaves onto the string, tying a knot in between each leaf to keep them in place.
Encourage the children to experiment with different arrangements of leaves, such as grouping similar-sized leaves together or alternating between large and small leaves.
Once the children have arranged their leaves to their satisfaction, they can tie the other end of the string to a stick or branch, creating the base of their mobile.
If desired, you can add additional decorations, such as small flowers, acorns, or bird feathers, to the mobile.
Finally, hang the mobile in a sunny window or outside in a sheltered area, where the leaves can move and twirl in the breeze.
This activity can help children develop their fine motor skills, creativity, and appreciation for nature. They each tried their hand at knot tying today and identified the oak leaves fallen from the tree in the school playground.
A lovely windy day at Forest School today.