The Spinney Bell Meadow Pre School
At today’s Forest School we introduced the children to some tools that would be useful to make things with. After the Woodland Circle Time the children spilt into two groups with one group going off to explore the woods and look for insects on a Bug Hunt (keeping an eye out for the cheeky elf that was hiding in the woods). The other group went to the Tool & Crafts area and where shown some of the tools that they would use today to make their very own Woodland Stick People. The Forest School Leader talked about how to use the tools safely and showed them how the protective gloves that are to be worn when they are using the tools. To make the Woodland Stick People the children had to help saw a long branch into smaller pieces to use for the body.
With their gloves on and sat in a safety stance they used the Bow Saw with the Forest School Leader to saw a piece of wood off the branch. With a lot of ‘to you, to me’ they one by one had a go and were very happy when they all had their pieces of wood for the body of the Woodland Stick Person.
Next they were shown how to use a potato peeler to whittle some of the bark off to make a face for their Woodland Stick Person. With their safety gloves on and a bit of help they did a grand job of whittling the bark off. All that was needed was the stick arms and googly eyes and their masterpieces were finished!
After snack and hot chocolate that was made on the fire the two groups swopped over so they all had a go at the Bug Hunt and making the Woodland Stick People. They also managed to find the cheeky elf who was hiding in a tree! Oh that cheeky elf!
The children were once again fantastic at Forest School, remembering the Fire Safety and listening very carefully during the tool use activity. We can’t believe next week will be the last Forest School session before Christmas but we look forward to lots more with the children then.
Links to EYFS:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Managing Feelings and Behaviours – Self Confidence & Self Esteem (making their own item using tools)
- Physical Development: Moving & Handling (Whittling/Sawing)
- Expressive Arts & Design
- Characteristics of Effective Learning: Active Learning
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World