It was a Foggy Saturday morning and we decided to put our wellies on and venture out for a Foggy Forest Autumn Walk. We packed a picnic to take with us so lunch was covered while we were out.
Little N wanted to take her basket again so we emptied all the conkers and off we set ready to go and collect lots of different bits and bobs from the Forest floor.
We visited Clent Hill's today. Here is the foggy view from a very steep hill we climbed.
Little N splashed in every muddle puddle that she could find! Children are like magnets to muddy puddles and it really is a tonic watching them having fun stomping around and getting messy!
Look at the beautiful water droplets on the grass. Little N kept reaching out and touching them which made her hands all wet!
There are so many opportunities to explore textures while outdoors and to really connect with Nature.
Little N collected various things as we were walking along.
I read an article recently (can't remember where it was from, will add if I recall) where a Primary school teacher had given each child in her class a tree to call theirs in the school field. The school was located in an area where there wasn't much green space locally.
They would take regular lessons outdoors where children would sit by their tree to do their work, create their art, listen to stories and to enjoy some quiet time.
They were allowed to invite their friends to sit with them by their trees also.
If children were feeling sad or stressed sometimes they would request to go outdoors to have a few minutes by their tree and this was welcomed and supported.
This gave them a great sense of belonging and a love and appreciation for the great outdoors.
This is exactly how it should be! Giving children the opportunity to appreciate Nature, to be able to make choices, and when they need some time out (like we all do from time to time) to be able to manage their feelings and emotions and choose to do something that will make them feel better, if they are able to do so.
I really was touched by that!
Whilst collecting leaves we came across a leaf that looked like this. I had never seen anything like it before, does anyone know what they are?
Our 2 and a half hour adventure in the foggy forest came to an end by singing 'Incy, Wincy Spider.'
Together we had all collected a great array of Autumn coloured nature that was scattered all over the forest floor.
Such a beautiful time of year!
Little N came back home, had a lovely warm bath (after all that muddy puddle jumping) and slept for 2 hours! What a wonderful way to spend a few hours on a Saturday! We all felt refreshed, recharged, de-stressed and contented and it hadn't cost us a penny!
- Learning Colours
- Nursery Rhymes
- Confidence and Self Esteem
- Exploring Nature
- Following Instructions
Extending this Activity:
We will be using the nature we have collected today to do an Autumn Nature Collage.
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