Tuesdays, 12.30-2.15pm Cuckoopen Woods, Coleshill, on the Oxford / Wiltshire border SN6 7PT (half way between Highworth and Faringdon - click on the link for a map, parking is at point 1 on the map)
Our Family Forest School sessions are aimed at parents with children of pre-school age.
We have a beautiful location in the woods, and start our adventure with a relaxing walk through the woods to our basecamp, as we become absorbed in the sights and sounds of nature. We learn to recognise bird song, flora and fauna along the way and relax in our natural surroundings. Forest animals are hiding in the woodlands for children to find and look after during the session, activating their focus and goal hunting skills. We greet each session with a song using movement to help rhythm and memory. Collecting sticks for the fire is the next task, learning to count and estimate amounts, learning how to tell dry sticks from wet and which will burn. We learn to keep ourselves safe around the campfire and encourage appropriate risk taking during all of the session. These are critical life skills to develop. A hot or cold drink and a snack is a welcome break as we get social round the campfire and maybe tell a story. An optional activity or craft is introduced, or children are free to explore and play as you choose. We offer a self-selection of some safe tools and resources which builds up as skills expand and are practised over the term. We also offer 1-2-1 supervision of traditional Scandinavian Forest School activities involving safe use of knives and saws. Believe it or not in Scandinavian Forest School pre-school children use these tools everyday. We will play nature games; hide and seek; use the bug hunting kit; climb on the ropes and trees; swing in the hammocks; swing on the rope swing; experiment in the mud laboratory; create a den; balance on the balance trail; make bows and arrows; make natural art........... We close the session with some nature games and a goodbye song to remember what we have learnt and listen to the children's ideas for next time.
Spring Term: 2 May - 6 June £30 per adult & child over 2yrs. £45 per adult & 2 children over 2yrs. £20 Parent & baby only under 2yrs.
Summer Term: 13 June - 18 July £36 per adult & child over 2. £54 per adult & 2 children over 2 yrs. £24 Parent & baby only under 2 yrs.
Autumn Term: 5 Sep- 10 Oct £36 per adult & child over 2. £54 per adult & 2 children over 2 yrs. £24 Parent & baby only under 2 years.
Additional Options: Siblings under 2 years go free. Occasional Siblings: £3 cash on the day Occasional Adults: £2 cash on the day
Payment is taken via eventbrite for regular attendees, if you occasionally bring an extra adult or sibling, payment can be made in cash on the day.
Booking is easy!
- Fill in the membership form at the link below. - Pay for your session via eventbrite. (Membership is secure once payment is made)
All done! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!!