Our Week in the Forest...
This week in the forest we have had some wonderful muddy adventures!
In the mornings, many of the children radio Tom to tell him what they would like set up. Recently the children have been requesting pulley systems to help transport the lovely, sticky mud around in their makeshift kitchens. They then work in teams to create wonderful mixtures before transporting it in buckets on pulleys across to the dining areas!
With Christmas nearly upon us, many of the children have recognised this and it is reflected in their play. The children have pretended to be reindeer and Santa delivering presents to all their friends. At one point, our climbing tree became a post office where the children wrote letters on fallen leave, sorted them and then handed them out.
The Christmas theme didn’t stop there. Some clay was brought into the forest and the children decided to make snowmen and snow monsters. The children used their hands to shape and mould the clay. First squishing it, then rolling it around to create balls to be the body and head. Some then used their fingers to shape tiny pieces of clay into noses, mouths and ears. Sticks were used to draw on finer details before being stuck in the sides to become arms.
It has been such a fantastic year and we have all thoroughly enjoyed watching the children grow and develop in the forest. Already we have seen some wonderful changes in the children as they learn to become more resilient, independent and all round superstars! From all of us at Barnes we wish you a magical Christmas and happy New Year. We can’t wait to see what 2018 will have in store!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Little Forest Folk