We went to our first forest school session today. It was a unreserved success - we all had the best time.
Freddie was delighted there was a fire. He spent most of the time tending the fire, adding sticks when they were needed. He did join in with a couple of games of hide and seek, and later went exploring with another 6 year old. We didn't see either of them for half an hour or so.
Betsy warmed up to the group much quicker than usual. Together we made elder drawing sticks, with bits of elder wood, chalk and charcoal. She enjoyed the hide and seek too, and went leaf collecting with the Abby, the session leader.
Then she made a woodland picture with her finds.
Abby had brought refreshments, so the kids munched on cookies and bananas, and I had a cup of tea.
Meg enjoyed throwing leaves onto the fire, and drawing on her face with a red pen. More than one of the kids in the group asked if she was bleeding!
There were some magnificent looking mushrooms (hmm, or toadstools?) that looked edible.
We will definately go back, it was such a lovely couple of hours.