Try these discover centers and invitations to play in your forest school this autumn and invite your children to learn through hands-on play.
Forest school play and exploration ideas for autumn
These forest school invitations to play invite children to explore natural materials through the lenses of play, art, and science.
Try one in your outdoor classroom!
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.
The Forest Classroom is a practical guide which will show you how to engage your children in fun and educational forest-school activities.
These ready-made forest school lesson plans are suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, childcarers and parents with children aged 4 to 10, to learn in a forest, school nature area, local park or your own backyard.
Get your copy of The Forest Classroom here and you’ll be ready to head straight outdoors and enjoy teaching, using our ready-made lesson plans.
Add autumn materials to your water tub. Scoop, sieve, and play!
Imaginary Play and Storytelling
Gather, or offer a basket, of natural materials. Can you make a house? Who lives in your house? What are they going to do today?
Sink or Float?
Gather some autumn materials and bowl of water. Make some predictions: which items do you think will float? Which will sink? I wonder why that happens?
Offer some leaves and scissors: snip away!
Set out some weighing scales and some apples. What happens when you place the apples on the scales? How do scales work? What are the numbers for? How heavy are the apples?
You can add paper and pencils to record your results.
Set out an empty frame (or draw one with chalk). Gather or offer a basket of natural materials.
Offer a question to read: Can you make a picture?
Use a magnifying glass to take a close look at some leaves? What can you see?
Record your observations in your nature journal.
Set out paper, leaves, and pens. Can you make some leaf people?
Add some autumn materials to your mud kitchen, or set up a shop stocked with leaves, twigs, and acorns.
Faces and Emotions
Gather or offer a basket of natural materials. Can you make a face? Is your face happy, sad, surprised? What do faces tell us about how people are feeling? You might have a mirror on hand to look at the expressions you can make on your own face.
Fine Motor Skills
Peg up a line of leaves – great to practice a pincer grip.
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