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Forest School

Moorland Primary Forest School 

 

We're all going to be spending a lot more time at home for a while. That's going to be a challenge for all of us. But at Forest School we love a challenge! So let's see if we can work together and play together by using our imaginations and creativity to make up our own games and activities and fun!

We'll be sharing challenges and ideas for you do do at home and in your garden. You will find them on our Forest School Web page and on twitter @MoorlandPrm. Also, if any of you Moorland Forest Schoolers have any thoughts and ideas, please get in touch and share them with us. We would love to here from you!

 

23.3.20

Challenge 1 - Teach your family to play 1, 2, 3. Where are you?

(Every Forest Schoolers favourite game!)

 

  • One child is chosen to be the seeker.
  • All other children (and parents if they wish) are given a set amount of time to hide.
  • The seeker then calls out out "1, 2, 3. Where are you?"
  • The children all have to reply "1, 2, 3. I'm over here!"
  • The seeker moves around the house (and garden if you have one) repeating this call and listening carefully for replies to help locate all the hiders.
  • At any point the seeker can call out "1, 2, 3. Come to me" Then all hiders have to reveal themselves and make their way to the starting point. 

 

This game is really good for supporting communication, language and literacy, physical development and knowledge and undertsanding of the world. It helps to build trust and confidence and is great for developing listening skills. 

Because you're at home you could adapt this activity. eg add camoflage!

 

  • Please consider social distancing and remember to hide in different places, not together. 

 

Have fun everyone!

 

24.3.20

 

Morning Forest Schoolers!

It's really important that we remember to take time to play and have fun at the moment.

So today's challenge is to GO ON A BEAR HUNT!

 

 

Go on a bear hunt

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25.3.20

 

Practise your shapes...

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Top tips when practising your shapes outside...

  • Make sure your stencils are at least 30cm wide or tall.
  • Older children could use this idea to create some outdoor art, creating patterns etc. 
  • When you have finished, make sure you use a brush to remove or spread the flour before it rains!

 

 

Don't forget to WASH YOUR HANDS and if you make a mess surprise help to tidy up afterwards!

This activity is great for concentration, problem solving and helps to reinforce mathematical concepts like 2D shapes.

26.3.20

Build a den challenge...

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27.3.20
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A Scavenger Hunt can be lots of fun! 

Use your senses to find the things or objects that look or feel like the describing words on the checklist above. You could play this game inside or outside in your garden.

Playing games like this help to develop observational and descriptive skills, speaking and listening and literacy skills.

Maybe you could take photographs to record your 'finds' and make a pic collage using an ipad, tablet or phone? 

 

 

 

 

30.3.20

Happy Monday Forest Schoolers!

Today your challenge is...

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It's a little chilly outside today, so wrap up warm if you're venturing outside into your garden. Alternatively, you could try this activity looking though your window. 

It's a great way to you look at things from a different perspective and also helps to develop a better understanding and respect for our natural world.

 

Maybe you could research why some animal like rabbits have eyes on the side of their head?

 

 

31.3.20

Today's challenge is to make a recycled bird feeder. 

 

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Here are a few examples of household items that can be used to create a recycled bird feeder. You do not need to leave your home to source these materials... look through your recycling!

 

Please remember to only feed the correct foods at this time of year (See rspb.org.uk) Also good hygiene is really important. Feeders should be cleaned regularly. Avoid using peanuts and bread at this time of year. They can be harmful if an adult bird feeds them to their nestlings.

Foods such as:

  • Black sunflower seeds,
  • Soaked raisins, sultanas and currants,
  • Mild grated cheese,
  • Soft apples and pears cut in half,
  • Bananas and grapes. They could be thread onto wire etc?
  • Seed mixtures with loose peanuts. (If you use peanuts they must be unsalted and placed in a mess covering. This will stop large pieces being taken, reducing the choking risk to chicks)

 

 

Inspired by Lochlan and Lexi...

Why not taking up bird watching or photography?  

Let us know if you spot anything interesting in your garden?

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You could build a bird hide using some of the Den Building ideas that were posted last week? 

Birds are very timid, so you would need to be very quiet and still!

You would also need to make sure that your hide is camouflaged so that you blend into the natural environment. It's a little bit like going undercover laugh 

Birds are very wary of change, so you would need to leave your hide for a few days while they get used to coming back to visit the birdfeeder. 

 

Why not make a list, draw pictures, or take photographs of the garden birds you see?

 

Good Luck Moorland Twitchers!

1.4.20

Today's challenge - Plant a sunflower seed...

 

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Today is April 1st and we're going to participate in the Grow a sunflower seed challenge!
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Have a look at home to see if you have any seeds. PLEASE DO NOT GO OUT TO BUY SEEDS. You maybe able to get some online? Also some of you have accessed some from a local group...
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If you're unable to plant your own seeds. Don't worry, we've planted some for you!

So you can join in with the challenge from your own home...

 

Ready, Steady, Grow!!!

 

We'll keep you posted!

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2.4.20

Make a natural paintbrush...

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Painting outside can be lots of fun but remember to wear old clothes!

You could use water, mud and paint. 

Why not experiment by mixing mud and powder paint or food colouring together to create your own paint.

Don't worry about what your going to paint or the finished product.

Just relax and enjoy yourself. Experiment with the different textures, be creative and explore the process!

 

Don't forget to help tidy up afterwards wink

3.4.20

Today's challenge is going to be an activity that encourages you to relax and chillout...  

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 Firstly go outside (Or look through your window) Lie on a blanket or a mat. Maybe even get comfy with a cushion: 

  • Then relax. Watch the clouds drifting across the sky.
  • What shapes can you see?
  • You will notice that no clouds are the same and that they are constantly changing.
  • Can you guess which way the wind is blowing?

 

Now its time to play SKY SPY. 

 

This game reminds all players about the importance of turn taking. It's fun and relaxing and provides opportunities for us to use our imagination and communication skills.

 

Easter Holiday fun and games...

So here's a few fun Forest School games and activities that we would have been doing if we'd been in school!

 

So why not try them at home?

 

Everyone can join in the - lots of fun for all the family.

 

Let us know how you get on?

 

 

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There's nothing like a game of 1, 2, 3 where are you?

Easter Bunny style is even better... you never know, you might find a few Easter Eggs too!

Happy Easter Everyone...

Enjoy yourselves!

#StaySafeStayHome

#KeepWashingYourHands

#RememberSocialDistancing

and  

#We'reAllInThisTogether

20.4.20

Welcome back after the Easter Holidays!

We hope that you are well, and that you have had some time to relax and enjoy the sunshine outside?

At Forest School we love being outside exploring the natural environment, finding out new things, taking on challenges and playing with our friends.

This week whilst you're at home, why not recreate some Forest School activities for your family enjoy?

 

 

Family Campfire

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One of the things we miss at the moment is not being able to share the things we've been doing at Forest School with our lovely families.

This week, why not build your own pretend 'campfire'? This could be done indoors or outdoors. Lots of the Early Years children love building their own campfire out of sticks and leaves that they collect from the garden. If you don't have access to natural materials, why not take a look in your recycling to see if you've got some toilet rolls and other things you could paint or colour to design your own campfire?

Design your own campfire.

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At home Family Campfire ideas:

 

1. Tell jokes around your campfire. You could ask members of your family to tell some jokes too? You could write them down and make a joke book?

 

 

2. Sing some silly action songs...

 

Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Now Alice is a horse


 

There was a man who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

 

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

 

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

 

There was a man who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

 

There was a man who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

 

There was a man who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
And Bingo was his name-o.

 

 

 

Squirrel, squirrel shake your bushy tail!
Squirrel, squirrel shake your bushy tail!

Wrinkle up your little nose,
Hold a nut between your toes.

Squirrel, squirrel shake your bushy tail!

 

 

A Pizza Hut, A Pizza Hut
Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut (x2)
Macdonald’s, Macdonald’s Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut (x2)

 

 

Boomalacka boomalacka,
Bow wow wow.
Chinalacka chinalacka,
Chow chow chow.
Boomalacka chinalacka:
Who are we?
We're from Moorland,
Can’t you SEE?!

 

Campfire’s burning, campfire’s burning,
Draw nearer, draw nearer,
In the gloaming, in the gloaming,
Come sing and be merry.

 

Fe
Fe Fi
Fe Fi Fo
Cwmala
Veesa
Cwmala cwmala cwmala veesa
Oh no no no no la veesa
Eeeny meeny decimeeny ooh aah na wanah meeny
Beep diddly odun bodun doo aah skaduda bodun.

 

 

3. Play a nonsense game... ".............. stole a cookie from the cookie shop."

 

 

4. Play Rhythm Tap - Take it in turns to tap out a rhythm of a well known tune and ask you family members to guess what it is.

 

5. Make a campfire snack. 

  • Hot chocolate
  • S'mores
  • Hot dogs
  • Popcorn
  • Soup

 

Sit around your pretend campfire and enjoy chatting together. You could make your own 'Talking Stick'? Don't forget to do Good Listening and remember to Take Turns!

 

Send photographs of your Family Campfire to our Forest School Twitter page @MoorlandPrm.

We would love to see them!

27.4.20

What makes you HAPPY? smiley

This week whilst you're at home, take some time out to think about all the things that make you happy.

What do you enjoy doing?

Do you have any hobbies?

Maybe you could think about trying something new?

 

Begin by making a list of all the things that make you happy?

Why not make a Happiness Tree?

Collect natural materials from your garden or during your daily exercise. Alternatively, you could use your imagination and make a tree or something else to help you remember all the things that make you happy smiley

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Hugging a Tree makes you feel good!
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Forest Schoolers love hugging trees. Trees are important to us. Without trees we would not be here. They produce the oxygen we need to breath...

If you pass a tree whilst out on your daily exercise why not give it a quick hug?

Alternatively you could hug a member of your family or your favourite cuddly toy?

 

 

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Please remember social distancing...

Hug a tree, a member of your family that you live with, or your favourite cuddly toy!

Make a self portrait with a smiley face...

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I collected these natural materials from my garden and whilst out on a walk. You don't have to use natural materials. Have a look around your home to see what's available. Don't forget to ask permission first before using anything!

Let's all get creative...

 

Paddling in the puddles...
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How high can you jump?

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Can you make a big splash?

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You don't need rain to make a puddle! Ask an adult for a bucket of water or fill up your paddling pool...

Pull on your wellies or go barefoot... and get splashing!

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Make a dancing stick and dance to your favourite music!

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Make a Dancing Stick using ribbons and a stick or twig. It you don't have a ribbons you could use wool or old material cut into strips...
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Dancing and singing is great exercise and super fun! Especially when we're worried and a little bit sad, and missing our family and friends. Listening to music can also help us relax. Take some time to sit and listen to your favourite music...

It always makes me HAPPY!

 

Fantastic rainbow dancing sticks.

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Try looking for rainbows...

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You could go on a Rainbow Hunt. There's so many to spot at the moment! 
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Enjoy finding out what makes you happysmiley this week!

4.5.20

This week we're going Dizzy about Dandelions!

Dandelions are a source of early nectar for bees and therefore do a very important job!

The life cycle of a dandelion.

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Dandelion flower to seed.

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Dandelions have a very important job to do. They can be lots of fun too!

Here's a list of some fun things to do with dandelions ...

 

Make a wish...

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My wish is that we'll all be back together again soon. But for now, it's really important that we all stay safe at home.  

What's your wish?

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Dandelion invisible ink.

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Can you write a secret message?

Dandelion painting.

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Dandelion painting is lots of fun. Either paint by yourself or collaboratively with you family to make a giant painting!

Make sure you send us a photograph of your masterpiece yes

 

Other creative ideas using dandelions. Use the seeds to make your own fairies.

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Hapazome using dandelions.

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Dandelion painting using a fork.

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Fine motor fun with dandelions.

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Make some dandelion soup.

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Make some lovely dandelion soup...

(Tune: Hokey Cokey)

 

You take a nice dandelion,

You pop it in a pot.

You add a little water

and you make it nice and hot.

Then you stir it in a basin with a ladle or a scoop.

That's how you make dandelion Soup. 

Oh it smells delicious,

Oh it smells delicious,

Oh it smells delicious,

That's how you make dandelion soup!

Pom pom dandelions.

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Make dandelion cup cakes.

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Have some fun making some dandelion cupcakes.

What's not to like? 

All you need is some dandelions, mud, water, an old cake tin (Or something similar) and anything else you want to add to your own special recipe! 

 

Make some dandelion play dough.

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Recipe for Dandelion Play Dough...

 

  • A big handful of dandelions
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of baby oil/vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cream of tartar.
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We hope you enjoy exploring the properties of dandelions this week:

 

  • The important role they play in our natural world,
  • What they smell like,
  • What they feel like,
  • Use your imagination to create some new ideas for some Dizzy Dandelion play...

 

Don't forget to make a WISH and remember to share with us what you've been doing!

Have fun, stay safe and keep smiling smiley

 

11.5.20

This week we're going STICKTASTIC!

Sticks are the world's oldest toys!

 

1. You can find them anywhere.

2. Anyone can play with them.

3. They're fantastic for inspiring adventures.

4. There's no such thing as an ordinary stick! Use your imagination to make your stick into anything you want it to be.

5. THEY'RE FREE!

 

 

 

 

Stanley's Stick.

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Can you make Stickosaurus like Stanley?

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Can you think of 10 more imaginative and fun ways to play with a stick?

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Make a Stick Family?

Can you make your family using sticks?

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Make a Bubble Wand!

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Here's a few more ideas.

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Make up your own game of Pooh Sticks at home.
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During this time of Lockdown, playing real Pooh Sticks is tricky. Why not invent your own game? Ask an adult for some help. Maybe you could play in the bath? In a paddling pool? You could ask for a bowl of water and make tiny Pooh Sticks. You might have to think about ways to get you Pooh Sticks to move without the natural current of a stream ? Maybe try blowing them with a straw or some other means of creating movement? Get you thinking caps on Forest Schoolers!

Rainbow Stick printing...

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Rainbow stick printing creates some beautiful mark making pictures. When you've finished why not leave the sticks to dry and then turn them into a Stick Wind Chime?

Stick Wind Chimes.

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Enjoy this weeks FUNTASTICK STICKTASTICK challenges. Let us know how you get on with the activities and keep those photographs coming! We love seeing what you've been doing at home.

Stay Safe, Stay Well, and keep in touch!

 

18.5.20

This week we're focusing on the importance of playing games. During these times of uncertainty and anxiety it is so important for us all to engage into a playful mind set.

Play is vital. It helps us to understand and process things, encourages curiosity, helps us to relax and have fun, and is really good for our mental health and well being.

 

Here are some ideas to try to try out at home. 

Tic Tac Toe (Or noughts and crosses)

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Why not create your own version of Tic Tac Toe?

You could use cars or duplo or maybe get creative and make up your ideas of things to use?

Make a maze.

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Make a chalk maze.

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Why not make a giant maze outside in your garden? Perhaps a member of your family would like to try your maze out. (Using a blindfold if they're feeling really adventurous! Please ensure that you guide them safely around your maze, giving them clear instructions.)

Alternatively, you could make a mini maze inside your home. Maybe create a few dead ends? Or why not draw a maze? Whatever way you choose to make your maze, challenge your family to see if they can find their way out. Maybe you could time them to see how long it takes?

 

Make your own chalk assault course.

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Play Simon Says...

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This is a great game for using your imagination. All you need is a dice.

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Make a paper aeroplane.

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How far does your aeroplane fly?

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Find the longest or shortest competition.

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Make the longest daisy chain.

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Enjoy playing some new games this week. Even better, devise some of your own and then share them with us!
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