Bel Deering takes us through some useful minibeast basics – very useful for when you are out and about on your bug hunt.

Choose a tree, head out with pencils, crayons and a measuring tape and fill in the boxes to create a record of it.

Cut out the caterpillar cards and place a piece of double-sided sticky tape across each caterpillar. Ask the children to sticky tiny samples of woodland materials onto the caterpillar.

Get prancing, dancing, strutting and striding with our ‘Find the kangaroo’ game.

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  • Role-play and drama
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  • Group storytelling

There are many ways to retell stories, but there’s something about taking it outside that adds an extra dimension of excitement for both the audience and the performers.

Knowledge and skills

  • Patterns and sequences
  • Addition and subtraction

Magnify this famous sequence to a human-sized scale, making it easy to remember and fun to learn!

Knowledge and skills

  • Designing and making
  • Using a wide range of materials
  • Creative thinking
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – position and movement

Make the world of space accessible to children by creating a planet in your playground.

Knowledge and skills

  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Problem solving

You don't need to go white-water rafting, mountain climbing or canoeing. Try these fun ideas that are a little easier on your adrenaline levels.

Knowledge and skill

  • Seasonal changes
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Local environments
  • Designing and making

Use vibrant spring the late days of summer, emerging autumn and creeping winter to inspire natural art and stunning woodland displays.

Knowledge and skills

  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Health and well being
  • Creative thinking
  • Living in the wider world
  • Working as a team

Debbie Fryer tells us why the Forest School concept, which originated in Scandinavia, makes children happy, healthy, wealthy and wise….

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