FOREST SCHOOL OUTINGS

FOREST SCHOOL OUTINGS

Taking children to learn through play in the forest is a great opportunity to develop new skills, create a connection with nature and experience a fun adventure in the forest with schoolmates.

Nature plays organize school outings for kids from ages 3 to 10 years old. Outings have a duration of 2 hours. Choose between our activities: Den building, bugs & insects, habitats, hikes, mindfulness, nature arts and crafts, and enjoy the forest with our slacklines and hammocks.

INSECTS: Bugs & their habitats

Allow your class to learn about insects first-hand, and discover bugs from our forest environment. They will learn about insect and minibeast anatomy, make their own bugs from clay, learn about insect’s habitat, and make bug hotels. Let your learner develop their awareness of Earth’s big world of small creatures while they have fun and learn in the forest together.

Forest School Outings Brochure (1)
Forest School Outings Brochure (1)

INSECTS: Bugs & their habitats

Allow your class to learn about insects first-hand, and discover bugs from our forest environment. They will learn about insect and minibeast anatomy, make their own bugs from clay, learn about insect’s habitat, and make bug hotels. Let your learner develop their awareness of Earth’s big world of small creatures while they have fun and learn in the forest together.

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Shelter building: Constructing dens

Empower your learners to work together as a team! They will collaborate in teams to design and build a shelter structure out of nature materials. We prompt questions about why we need shelter, different kinds of homes for animals and humans, what materials work well and how we can work effectively as a group.

All about birds:

Did you know there are around 10,000 different species of birds? Let’s learn about our local South African birds. Our bird session features a bird-spotting walk, real feather and egg interactive discussion. Make your own nests with natural materials or make a bird-feeder to take home.

All about birds:

Did you know there are around 10,000 different species of birds? Let’s learn about our local South African birds. Our bird session features a bird-spotting walk, real feather and egg interactive discussion. Make your own nests with natural materials or make a bird-feeder to take home.

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Seeds: plants & growth

Bring your class to explore and learn about the world of seeds! From the smallest sesame seed to the giant sausage seed we will examine different seeds, the plants
they grow into and how they grow. For a hands-on learning experience, we go on a seed walk, children will paint their own pots, and plant indigenous seeds to take home and watch them grow. We grow our environmental and botany knowledge and develop an awareness about plants and seeds.

Water: Our footprint and cycle of this precious resource

Our water session is available all year round. We chat to learners about the water cycle and water conservation. Learners have first- hand experiences of river creatures like tadpoles and crabs. We play a game to find out or water footprint and discuss ways to reduce our water footprint. In the rainier seasons, learners make their own rain gauge to measure rainfall.

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water

Water: Our footprint and cycle of this precious resource

Our water session is available all year round. We chat to learners about the water cycle and water conservation. Learners have first- hand experiences of river creatures like tadpoles and crabs. We play a game to find out or water footprint and discuss ways to reduce our water footprint. In the rainier seasons, learners make their own rain gauge to measure rainfall.

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Our country: We are proudly South African!

Local is Lekker! We are lucky to live in such a naturally beautiful country, and we believe the forest is a great place to experience this beauty and diversity. We invite the class to learn about South Africa in a dynamic and energetic way! Learners engage in our Big Five scavenger hunt, make an artwork of our national flag together and craft their own clay pots or bead necklaces to take home.

We conclude with a story about Ubuntu and celebrating our differences!

Let’s go hiking:

Join the experienced Nature Plays team on a forest hike for school learners. Get out into nature with us and learn about the local flora and fauna ecosystem, forest
climates and weather patterns, navigation and compasswork, and hiking safety. Learners will make and decorate their own hiking stick! Our aim is to ignite a deep care and love for the natural environment in children.

hiking
hiking

Let’s go hiking:

Join the experienced Nature Plays team on a forest hike for school learners. Get out into nature with us and learn about the local flora and fauna ecosystem, forest
climates and weather patterns, navigation and compasswork, and hiking safety. Learners will make and decorate their own hiking stick! Our aim is to ignite a deep care and love for the natural environment in children.

Recycling - Nature Plays _ Forest School

Recycling: caring for our environment

Educating young people about environmental sustainability is vital to their future! Recycling is a big part of this awareness. We learn about climate change, pollution and learn how WE can make a difference. Learners make their own musical instruments out of 100% recycled materials, or be part of the “ trash to art” movement and make 3D art sculptures made out of recycled matter. Let’s empower our young Earth-savers!

Navigation Outing

What better way to learn about navigation than by experiencing it outdoors? Our Navigation outing allows children to learn and apply the relationship between directions, landmarks and graphic representations on maps while working as a team! During the compass adventure hunt, learners use compass directions and landmark pointers to find clues and complete the route. We discuss manufactured vs natural landmarks and look at various types of maps. Learners then apply their knowledge to create a 3-dimensional map as a team, using recycled materials.

Navigation Outing

What better way to learn about navigation than by experiencing it outdoors? Our Navigation outing allows children to learn and apply the relationship between directions, landmarks and graphic representations on maps while working as a team! During the compass adventure hunt, learners use compass directions and landmark pointers to find clues and complete the route. We discuss manufactured vs natural landmarks and look at various types of maps. Learners then apply their knowledge to create a 3-dimensional map as a team, using recycled materials.

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