Forest School Wild Play | Nature Skills | Outdoor Skills - Alder & Alouette

Forest School Wild Play

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Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a Forest School leader or anyone else looking after children, this invaluable guide to nature-based play is full of ideas to get kids outdoors, learning about and connecting with nature, developing new skills and having fun. These new Forest School crafts, games and survival activities are all themed around the elements of earth, air, fire and water, with an underlying message of sustainability and wonder at the amazing web of life.

For earth, make a mud slide or try Bogolan mud painting on cloth. For air, make a whistle, build and fly a kite, or predict the weather by reading the clouds. For fire, dig a Dakota fire pit, make a bug-repellent torch or learn to navigate using a shadow stick. For water, mix natural dyes, build and test a rainproof den, or drink foraged birch twig tea from a crafted log cup. There are also four magical stories to tell the children - one for each of the elements -guaranteed to spark their imagination and help them hang onto that imaginary wonder we all lose too quickly as we grow up.



  • Written by Jane Worroll and Peter Houghton.
  • Published by Watkins Publishing, June 8, 2021.
  • Written for parents and outdoor educators of multi-aged children.
  • 0.7” x 7.8” x 5.7” (1lbs) 168 pages
  • Softcover