Springtime activities for young children at Little Badgers Forest School

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Now that Spring  is here, young children at Little Badgers have been busy making the most of it and having some wonderful woodland adventures!

In case you didn’t know, Little Badgers is a carer and toddler forest school group for young children aged 1 – 4 and their parents/carers and meets weekly on Wednesdays in Badock’s Wood, Henleaze and Thursdays in Wraxall Piece, Beggar Bush Lane.

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At Little badgers grown-ups explore the natural world with the children, watching, listening and joining in when invited. It is a journey of discovery together so every week is different. Woodland activities include nature trails, storytelling and singing seasonal songs around the campfire, crafts using natural materials, woodland parties and many more fun activities.

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Of course, now that Spring is here, the birds are singing! Little Badgers have been enjoying a musical theme with the aim of serenading the birds and have been singing songs and telling stories around the camp fire. The group reports that last week a woodpecker joined in with their story!

Children have also been having great fun rigging up pulleys and making zip wires for Teddies, plus making see saws and obstacle courses for them too!

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Other activities have included children making drums and rhythm sticks to beat them, learning how to peel the bark off green hazel safely using vegetable peelers; vegetable peelers are a great way to introduce techniques needed for safe knife use when they get a little older.

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Little Badgers regularly enjoy natural crafts and last week made medals for mummies for Mother’s Day. And in the next couple of weeks leading up to Easter, they will be making nests and hunting for eggs.

Because activities at Little badgers are often child-led, mud play has been a very big feature this term as has worm hunting!

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And while the group has been enjoying the recent Spring sunshine, Springtime showers does not stop Little Badgers either! On recent rainy days children have sat under shelters and listened to the rain, noticing new green shoots coming up and have even found some new badger holes in Wraxall Piece.

Spring is definitely in the air!

To find out more about Little Badgers Forest School, please visit http://www.badgersforestschoolbristol.co.uk/index.php?page=what-is-little-badgers or email jenny@badgersforestschoolbristol.co.uk

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