Wimbledon - Making Fossils

Our Week in the Forest...

Ice, ice everywhere! The children absolutely adored exploring the ice and frost in the forest this week. We spent ages at the large puddles covered with large thick sheets of ice, which were too exciting to resist! We loved feeling how slippery the ice was and looking at each other through the large sheets of ‘ice glass’. As a result, our walk-ins to the forest were a little slow…. we had to take the time to look at all the beautiful frosted leaves too, of course! It’s left us all feeling very Christmas-y indeed.
On site, we have enjoyed playing in a mostly sunny base camp. The swings, as always, are a popular favourite. The children are really fine-tuning their negotiation skills as they work out the fairest way to share this resource. On Tuesday, some of the children decided to use ropes in an attempt to build their own swing! It was very interesting to see how they collaborated on this project and they made a pretty decent swing too with only the slightest of adult help!
Also this week, we have been using clay in the forest to make ‘fossils’, following the interests of one of our older children. We are very lucky to have to have an expert in this area and Virginia was on hand to answer all fossil-related questions for the children. This activity then moved on to making clay faces, decorating them with natural items scavenged off the forest floor. Lots of children wanted to stick their little clay faces to the trees, which looked very jolly!

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We’d like to take the chance to thank you all for another wonderful year of forest fun. We really do have the best job in the world, getting to spend our days with your fantastic children in a beautiful environment! None of this would be possible without our special families who choose to send their children outdoors with us all-year round!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018!

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Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Little Forest Folk