ISBN: 178678131X
EAN13: 9781786781314
Language: English
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 0.67" H x 7.87" L x 5.75" W
Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

More games, crafts and skills Forest School style, building on the success of Play the Forest School Way. This book is organized by season to encourage kids to get outdoors come rain, shine or snow

Following on from the bestselling Play the Forest School Way, here is a brilliant selection of brand-new games, crafts and activities to get kids developing new skills and exploring the natural world all year round. Structured around the four seasons of the year, each chapter is packed full of step-by-step Forest School games and activities that harmonize with the weather and what's happening in nature at that time of year, with a nod to seasonal festivals such as Easter and Christmas. In spring, for example, you could make a mud birthday cake to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April, or (inspired by bird song) craft sistrums from sticks and bottle tops, or make a clay hare and enjoy dandelion tea and a chocolate egg hunt at a spring day out. At Forest School, children return to the same location again and again, building a lasting connection with a specific part of the natural world, and this book in its year-round approach will bring this aspect of Forest School play to the fore. Each of the four seasonal chapters includes a description of an extended session (combining active and quieter activities plus, for some, an idea for foraging/cooking) to guide Read More chevron_right

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   Title is misleading 😔
I like the seasonal activities, but I was saddened that this was not an actual year of the forest school, as the title seems to imply. It is actually seasonal ideas and activities around 10 per season-encouraged to enroll in a local forest school '' to get what I thought I was getting in this book. The table of contents is shown in my photo, which is lovely, but not at all what I expected. Sadly, I didn 't get to sit with it to go over it until after my return window was closed or I would have sent it back, as this is not helpful for my purposes. I think that this could be a good resource with a different title that doesn 't make you think that this has a year of good outdoor activities for recreational purposes.
   Not what I expected. Disappointed
I expected not what I was. I wanted to give this to my kids for some fun and wild ideas. This is more geared towards teachers. Teaching games for toddlers.
   For groups
It has a lot of cool ideas, but a lot of them require things that a child is not likely to find in the woods, like power tools and cream. Other activities were geared towards groups, which makes sense if it is for a school group. I did not realize that's what the forest school was until after purchasing the book. I heard it only as a homeschool technique. It would have been nice to have the title clarified before purchasing it. I could see the book being good for people in co-ops if you're okay with the amount of not free forest play in it. If you're looking for natural forest, pure activities, this is probably not a good buy.
   Remarkable Resource
This has been a remarkable resource for preparing a daily activity plan.
   Egg hunt?
No outdoor activities... egg hunt? There are also no pictures.
   Fabulous Introduction to Sharing Nature with Children
With the very British feel to this unique resource, just perusing it brought me back to England in the wooded area and fields north of Fairford, where we lived with our tree friends and hedgrow residents wth my oldest daughter. Has very nice outdoor learning activities that I plan to use with her 5 year old son once the snow melts some here in Montana. While not comprehensive, it is a small introduction to forest school activities that work well with beautiful groups of children. I wish I had this resource when I was educating my children from 1989-2005 at home. While I grew up near wooded areas and spent much free time exploring and learning, this book is useful and valuable for those with little to no experience in outdoor woodland.
   Incredible tool for childhood inspiration! Did not disappoint.
My 10 year old and I have been through this together and we both love it! So many great ideas that inspire, but don 't dictate.
   Note of caution
I did not love this book, but I also didn 't hate it. 2.5 stars : But this is kind of a random collection of stuff, a lot of it not feasible for me to do or frankly, too much futz and not enough fun. Had it meh, plus slimy greens, not a kid favorite under the best of circumstances. Bramble Cordage has been there, done that, not worth the time and trouble. Bark masks made them very fragile, easily broken by the children wearing them, carving tent stakes. . I guess a good introduction to using a jack knife, but rather an underwhelming use of space in the book. Of course, your mileage may vary, you may want to try these exciting activities!
   Good for Pre-School to Grade School Age
Even as an adult, I am personally interested in quite a few of these activities. They usually have activities in the book classified as 3+, 4+ and 6+. It's an easy to read book and I would say that this book is a nice compilation of items that I don 't even have on my pinterest board of a similar theme. I give it a five-star rating.