OUR WEEK IN THE FOREST...
If you go down to the woods today, you may end up tapping your feet. If you go down to the woods today, come and dance to our woodland beat!
Following an awe inspiring music session with the talented Emily Gresty last week, our children have really enjoyed exploring musical instruments in the forest. Using a range of percussive instruments, the children have expressed themselves through a variety of play. We’ve seen group ensembles, experimented with playing instruments in different ways, and even made our own sound effects when we’ve been reading stories!
“You can shake it and you can tap it with a stick.”
The children have also been using stories to inform their play elsewhere in the forest. After enjoying a morning story about forest creatures who made their own hats, it was our turn to get crafty! It wasn’t long before the forest clearing was bejewelled with children adorned in crowns, decorated with what nature has provided us. The children took a real sense of pride in their crown creations, with each child putting their own signature spin on their decorations.
Even though our children appreciate the beauty of fine forest headwear, it doesn’t stop them chasing nature’s wonders down deep muddy holes or high into the forest canopy. After finding a wonderfully structured climbing tree, our children’s inner monkeys came to surface. Watching the children find their best individually suited climbing routes, purely through trial and error, has been nothing short of inspiring. Through sheer persistence and problem solving, the children quickly became more confident in climbing out of their comfort zone. It all comes down to practise. Remember, even monkeys fall from trees!
With another fantastic week in the forest under our belts, it’s exciting to think what mother nature might gift us next. Who knows, we may even see some snow before winter is over (fingers crossed!).
Food in the forest:
We have some new additions for our February menu, which can be found on our website HERE
Moroccan Roast Chicken with Lemon, Olives and Cous Cous
Whole chickens, roasted with fresh herbs, lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper. Roasted slowly until the meat falls off the bone. The cous cous is cooked with the marigold vegetable stock and sliced olives. We also add all the lemony, savoury cooking juices from roasting the chickens. Next, we mix the chicken through the cous cous with fresh coriander and add a little more lemon and seasoning if needed.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Little Forest Folk