A Heart of the Wildwood Forest School session around the fire

Everyone is welcome at Heart of the Wildwood free play sessions. Just check what’s on for exact timings and dates, put on some sturdy shoes and come along to see what you think.

A Typical Heart of the Wildwood Forest School Session

We start by lighting a fire and showing the children how to stay safe. As the fire dies down, the children make dough to cook on long sticks in the embers. While the stick bread cooks, we sing our circle song to bring the group together.

We aim to keep guided activities to a minimum as children have the strongest learning experiences when they explore freely, using their imaginations to guide their play. We make activities such as mud kitchens, tree climbing and hide and seek available, but allow the children to decide how and if they interact with them.

There’s usually a kettle over the fire boiling water for hot drinks and sometimes we cook foraged foods such as chestnuts and even fish for the children to try.

We don’t charge for sessions, but donations are always welcome, especially for food and drinks.

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