Who’s That Trip Trapping Over My Bridge?

posted 22 Apr 2015, 11:26 by Rosy Ritchie

With a change to the billed Den and Fire session (now planned for next week) this week our forest fun was all about bridges and eating the sweet green garlic on the other side.

We gathered at the base and enjoyed singing our welcome song and recapping our forest rules, this is our habitual start to all forest sessions. We then talked about some poisonous plants (Dogs Mercury and Lords and Ladies) and had a look at what they looked like. We found some wild garlic and decided to make some wild garlic pesto to have with crackers for snack time. Everyone got the chance to help with bashing the pine nuts, grating the cheese, picking the garlic and mixing in the olive oil. Initially many children were unsure about tasting the pesto however after seeing friends enjoy the flavour many children came back asking for seconds!

There was lots of fabulous creative play going on in the forest: Dinosaur modelling from sticks and fire building in dens to keep the monsters away.

Today we had roped up a Burma Bridge across two trees and the children loved the experience of balancing on it. It was fantastic to see some more cautious children experiment with the wobbly ropes. Before lunch we retold the story of Three Billy Goats Gruff together, our goats had twig horns and the bridge was made of logs. Lovely story language was used.

Fingers crossed for continued good weather. If Forest School were to be cancelled we would open at the Memorial Hall instead and email you by 8.15 a.m. on the morning.