If the idea of Forest School appeals, or you’d just like to introduce some of it’s ideas and principles to your life, Play The Forest School Way is a book you’ll want to read. It is a woodland adventure book packed full of outdoor activities for both parents and children. Some of the ideas included are making nature jewellery, constructing a bow and arrow, foraging for food and making a fire. The book is written by Jane Worroll, an ex-countryside ranger, and Peter Houghton, a trained Forest School leader.
Whilst aimed at parents or carers, the beautiful illustrations and simply written instructions mean that children could easily delve into the book themselves. It would be a great book for a homeschooling family, and also a great holiday companion for schooled children, who are in need of some fun entertainment through the summer holidays. It also celebrates the Forest School philosophy of encouraging self-esteem, confidence and social skills.
We’ve bookmarked so many activities? to try out this summer. There are great ideas for 1-2 children, and some great activities for larger groups to enjoy together. I’ve a couple of activity sheets, taken from the book, to share with you – click on the images below for a printable PDF so you can get a taste for the book.