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It’s Spring… Let’s Go Outside!

March 19, 2017Rabbit Ideas

Joint pic

Now that the sun is out, it is so much easier to get outdoors. This week, at our local Forest School, we had a go at a painting activity which was totally new to both of us; using muddy water and natural, hand-made paintbrushes.


Little loved this mark making activity, especially when combined with the role-play dinosaur set-up:


“This a Raa!”

I was struck by how easy and cheap this would be to try again at home, in the garden, park or woods, for ourselves.

When we first started going to Forest School, Little was more reluctant to get his hands mucky. He was also cautious when walking on stony, unpaved paths, in case he should fall. It has probably taken three sessions for him to grow in confidence, using sticks and other implements in increasingly resourceful ways to play, make marks and begin to solve challenges he faces in the outdoors.


Cost: The group costs £3 to go to, on a drop-in basis. For us, it is well worth the money, as access to the gardens, craft and activity materials, not to mention the hot chocolate (made in a kelly can!)  and biscuit, clearly cover that cost anyway.

Little loves this group, referred to as “My school!” and it has given us lots of new ideas for activities to enjoy for free, or low cost, out-of-doors.

With thanks to Little Woodland Explorers:

Potty Adventures


  • pottyadventures

    May 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I love this. As you say it’s amazing how cheap and easy this is to replicate at home. Forest schools really are a wonderful source of ideas. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling

    1. rabbitideas

      May 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

      That’s right, so cheap & easy- especially moss and stick paintbrushes! 🙂

  • Lauren M

    May 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    We’ve recently spent some time at a local forest school and I love it. Like you, I’ve found that it’s great for building confidence in my cautious toddler. I love getting new ideas to try at home, I love the painting with mud and natural paint brushes and the dinosaurs, my son would love that. Thank you for sharing with us at #AdventureCalling

    1. rabbitideas

      May 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      There is so much more to Forest school than I realised! Thank you for the linky

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