These forest school literacy ideas make use for the twigs, leaves and seeds of the season for fun, hands-on letter and spelling activities.
Forest school literacy ideas for autumn
Grab leaves, twigs and seeds and let’s take our literacy centers outdoors this autumn season!
Keep a basket of leaves, twigs, acorns, and fir cones handy, and you can quickly and easily set up one of these activities anytime you like.
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Ready-made forest school lesson plans
A forest classroom is a place of adventure, discovery, and imagination. It can also be a wonderful place to learn about math and science, explore art and crafts, and develop language and social skills.
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More forest school activities
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What letter does your name start with? Can you make that letter out of twigs? Can you write your whole name in twigs?
Make some leaf letters; I used metallic pens. Draw a chalk tree and add some letters.
Can you match the leaves and spell a word?
Use your leaf alphabet to spell out word families or sight words.
Draw out ‘bubble’ letters in chalk. Use natural materials to fill them in and explore which letters have straight lines, and which have curves. Do you know what sound each letter makes?
Use your leaf alphabet with a sand or salt tray. Can you write this letter in the sand/salt?
Draw shapes on the floor with chalk. Use the forms used to write letters: straight lines, curves, loops.
Can you follow the line and materials along its length? Trace the shapes with your finger.
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