It has been a spectacularly beautiful week in the forest. The combination of frost with stunning blue skies has made the forest look and feel so magical.
This week the children have been fascinated by the weather. We've been holding science experiments in which we count how long frost takes to melt on our hands. We've been experimenting with ice and frost melting in the sun, the shade, elevated, on the ground and any other combination of factors our children believe could change the rate with which ice melts......including trying putting it in a wheelbarrow! We love seeing their creative side inspired by play like this to learn all about science.
Ice has been a great tool for fun and learning this week. In addition to our weather experiments, we've broken pieces of ice to create sculptures, we've jumped on ice to hear the satisfying crunch and we've monitored how cold it has to be before we find some fun ice to play with.
We've then had some creative arts with painting on ice, painting on sticks and this week we also painted an umbrella then enjoyed taking turns to shelter under our personalised umbrella.
Physical activity always plays a big part in our days and especially with the colder weather we've been encouraging lots of movement. We've been climbing, running...and also absolutely loved the pulley swing that caused laughs of delight from both the children and the practitioners.
Now that our new children are starting to settle a little better we have been able to start introducing campfires again. We do have to be fully confident that our fires can be offered whilst maintaining high levels of safety for the children so we've had to take a few weeks off whilst we get to know our new children. Given the colder weather we are really pleased that we are getting closer to being able to start having fires again most days. Fires are such great learning opportunities for the children, teaching them about maths, about risk, about understanding the world, understanding their responsibilities.....and the fact that we usually have a toasted marshmallow is a bonus!
For our cookery class this week we made a hearty winter dish of a mackerel, potato and cream bake which we followed with a beetroot and yoghurt dip. Yum! Our cookery classes have been so popular that we are working on a trial to offer some more afternoon activity classes - watch this space....
Dressing for the weather
Please can we remind you that during this colder weather it's extremely important to dress your children up warm. When they start to waddle a little from layers that's a pretty good indication that they are going to be toasty warm in the forest!
As a reminder, this week our warmest children have been wearing:
- Thermal layer - M&S have some great thermal long sleeve tops and leggings
- Fleecy trousers
- Long sleeve tshirt
- Thin jumper
- Thicker fleece/wool jumper
- Thick fleecy zip up jacket - Mini Boden have some fab warm shaggy jackets on sale
- Gloves - lots of pairs of gloves to ensure when they get wet we have a replacement
- Thin cotton socks
- Thick wool socks or the horrible polyester socks they sell near the checkout at H&M which are super warm!
- Wellies/thermal boots/snow boots
Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to lots more fun next week!
Little Forest Folk