Last Day in the Sun

The last Forest Craft school session was spent making homes for the Stick People the childrenĀ  had made last week.

Here are the pictures taken by the children who made them. Then a celebration of strawberries was held and the winner was crowned. Well done everyone and have a great summer!

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Showering, Shoving and Showing

Today’s Forest Craft Club began with giving the plants and vegetables a well needed shower of water.

Then came the ‘shoving‘ part! Dirt and dust had collected under the tables by the Secret Garden, so some children got on with shoving the dirt away.

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Now the ‘showing‘ part!

Alicia and Kodie showed us their ‘Fairy Fantasy Hotel (with pool)’.

 

Olly and Darcy created a ‘Kangaroo Buffet’, here they are with the ‘milk’ course.

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Meanwhile, Catelyn had been busy with her camp site idea which she called ‘Roasting Marshmallows’. Finley had gone literal with his ‘Flower P’, whilst Albert had created a piece called ‘Lion’s Den.’

Such a busy session that they barely had time to show each other what they had done. Thank goodness for a Blog!

Bugs in the Sun

Summer is well and truly on its way and Forest Craft Club are out and about in the sunshine!

 

 

Armed with ‘pooters’, specimen tubs and magnifying glasses, they set about locating potential individuals to observe at closer quarters.

Discarded birds’ eggs were found and the parents observed from a respectful distance.

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Of course, all good scientists record their findings.

To finish off the session they all decided that they would hold an animal style race. This is where they race in the style of their chosen animal. Some might have chosen cheetahs, whilst others prefer snails and tortoises! All good fun though!

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Nature

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Here is a wonderful poem written by Jack in Year Six;

Under the seas and everywhere,

Nature is there and we need to care,

Animals, plants and trees,

Especially the little bees,

Dirt, soil, mud and leaves,

Lay under , around and on the trees,

Fish, birds and lots of sheep,

Roam around for us to keep,

Farm animals like pink pigs,

And little doggies who like to dig,

In the desert life is there,

But no big grizzly bear,

Under the seas and everywhere,

Nature is there and we need to care.

 

All fired up!

This week the children in Forest Craft Club had a chance to use some ‘swedish fire steels’. After a safety talk about how far away children should be and where the water was, the first four children had a go.

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The others decided on some craft/art activities, but actually spent most of the time cheering their friends on to keep trying, and watching the results of their friends’ efforts.

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After patiently waiting turns, the children all had a go.

The trick is to persevere, until the spark takes hold and then to make sure that the flame is watched until it burns out. All to make sure aboutĀ  safety!

Fruits, stones and leaves.

At this time of year many birds that are visiting the UK search for food. Hawfinches are keen on cherry stones, and Forest Craft Club began today’s session by searching around the base of the school’s cherry trees for cherry stones.

 

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After a few minutes collecting the children had a good collection of the stones. Let’s hope the birds come to eat them!

Next, everyone went into the Secret Garden. Some had decided to practice making ‘Andy Goldsworthy’ style art, others wanted to create some kind of nature art, and some children wanted to practice an exhibition-style display.

Finally, they all visited each others work so that next week they can create some amazing things to show.

Here are their ideas, watch this space for next weeks work!