Jam, Worms, Pencils, Leaves and Pumpkins? – Only in the Forest Garden!
October has seen us do lots of different things in the forest school; we have taken Autumn by storm.
The children absolutely loved this activity. We took strolls down the lane to find lots and lots of blackberries. We even got some from out of reach places!! The children all had a go at peeling the apples that we kindly had donated to us and watched the jam being made on the fire before getting to try some on some bread. It was a big thumbs up from everyone. Hopefully you all enjoyed your pots at home too.
Collecting and Measuring Worms
For the October challenge it was all focused on Maths. We all decided that we would collect worms and measure them, collate all our data on a chart and see which worm was the longest. Most of the children were brave and picked up lots of worms. They were all really careful with them and enjoyed watching them wriggle. We measured the lines that we drew before colouring in the chart we had made. The longest worm we found was 14cm!!!
Hannah discovered that we had Elder trees growing in nursery grounds (so after deciding to make elderberry cordial in summer) we thought we would have a go at making pencils. The children used the secateurs to cut the elder to the perfect pencil size before using a tent peg to poke the middle out. The children then cut bits of wood for the middle which we cooked on the fire turning it into charcoal. The pencils were a big success although very fragile so not too great for writing with!!
As the trees really started to fall from the trees, Rhi thought it would be a nice idea to do some painting with them. The children went out and collected leaves, orange, green, brown, and red, yellow and even according to some children pink! They were all different shapes and sizes which we discussed. The children described the leaves as crunchy, soft, bumpy and smooth. We spoke about Autumn and what happens during this time. The children painted the leaves and created beautiful pictures with them. They are all displayed within forest school.
For Halloween we talked a lot about pumpkins. Hannah and Rhi decided it would be nice to make pumpkin soup on the fire. The children all had a go at feeling the pumpkin; they described it as smooth, bumpy, cold, wet and heavy. We discussed the gooey middle and looked at it all chopped up. The children enjoyed watching the soup cooking on the fire and they all had a go at tasting it once it was finished, it kept their bellies nice and warm. With the pumpkins gooey innards we created magical potions in the mud kitchen, we had pumpkin and eyeballs to mix into our creations.
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