On arrival at the woods today, we found that a treasure hunt had been set for us by the 'Little Friends'. We worked together to search for clues in the hope that we would be rewarded with a special Easter treat!
Searching for clues
Solving the puzzles.
Yummy hot cross buns
Batty enjoying a GF bun on her 'special' seat.
After a morning spent exploring the woods and searching for clues, the children successfully completed the treasure hunt and were rewarded for their efforts.
The Easter Bunny delivers eggs!
Delicious - Happy Easter everyone!
Thank you to the Co-op for providing our special Easter treats this week.
Teamwork was essential for the activities planned for this week so we started the session with the rope circle game.
Would the children be able to give advice and encouragement to one another without shouting orders?
Were the children able to listen to one another and not talk over each another?
The children proved that they were able to work well as a team as they achieved the challenge in record time!
Rope circle game
The next challenge for the team was to learn how to master two knots to enable them to erect a shelter. However, each member of the team was taught just one element of the knot. They then had to return to their group to teach them a particular step before somebody else was sent off to learn the next stage. Good listening and communication skills were essential together with a dash of patience and good humour as some people found it tricky to remember how to complete the knots.
Having revised the timber hitch and quick release tension knot, the children used these knots to have a go at erecting tarp shelters and hammocks.
In preparation for next week's camp fire (when we are hoping to toast hot cross buns) some of the children practised their fire lighting skills. Great determination and resilience was shown by the children as they worked hard to get a spark to light their 'Fairy Fires'. We now have several expert fire lighters so I am confident we will be able to have a roaring fire next week.
Special thanks must go to the children who moved vast quantities of woodchips to help resurface the pathway to Sweet Chestnut camp. Well done everybody and apologies that we didn't manage to snap all of you in action!
This year Larch Group will be working in Sweet Chestnut camp for the first time.
We spent the morning exploring our new woodland home and reminding ourselves about our Forest School rules that are in place to help keep us safe and protect our woodland environment. I was very impressed by how much the children had remembered from their previous sessions.
Remembering the rules.
The children then took it in turns to make some natural bird feeders to help our feathery friends survive the cold winter months and build them up in time for the nesting season.
Softening the lard-a very messy job!
Once the lard had been smeared onto the pine cones they were rolled into bird seed and attached to string. The children then chose their own special places to hang the feeders.
Whilst some of the children were making their bird feeders, others were busy exploring, building shelters and making plans for next week.
The camp was a hive of activity today with busy bees everywhere!
The group were keen to carry on making their games. We introduced the clove hitch, square lashing & frapping to children who were interested and I was very impressed by how quickly they picked up the skills. Others wanted to 'go it alone' and showed ingenuity and persistence in developing their own binding techniques!
Larch group have enjoyed their three taster sessions in the woods.
Highlights have included:
Exploring the woodland.
Discovering wildlife, especially toads and slugs.
Creating homes for Stick Man.
Woodland craft activities.
Fun in the mud kitchen.