With the dark mornings and hibernation feel of January I had to dig a little deeper than normal to find my enthusiasm and joy of getting outside. I know that in winter adults can make or break the experience for the kids at Forest school, so I got myself some nice new warm layers and got myself on with it. As Murphy’s law would have it every Monday and Thursday morning for the whole month of January rewarded us with blue skies and sunshine and a well needed break from the wind and showers that the rest of the month brought.
So with very view things in nature alive just yet, we had to get creative. On arrival we collected stick bundles to help with our fire over the coming weeks. We enjoyed scavenger hunts and the kids had endless amount of fun when left to their own devices with an old tarp and some ropes. We made bird feeders, clay hedgehogs and dream catchers.
We met a tree and drew a picture of it with mudpaint. The children were introduced to Peelers and went to work making their own magic wands. We read stories and acted them out, Billy Goat Gruff being our favourite this month as it turned into a great game of chase. And the Imbolg arrived and we made our wool versions of Brigid’s crosses. So happy that spring is drawing near!
Written by Niamh Geoghegan Co-ordinator and co-founder at Mucky Boots Forest School