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Wild play ideas for the summer holidays

Our education officer Helen Robinson shares her tips on getting kids playing outdoors in the New Forest this summer, and invites you along to our Wild Play Day on 19 August.

Many of the school visits to the New Forest that we have led this term have included time to enjoy the Forest in a more relaxed way. It makes it difficult to believe that we’ve worked with over 2,300 students and pupils since Easter.

The most memorable experiences for us and for pupils this year have been playing pooh sticks, bouncing on the bog, stealthily creeping through the woods and finding tracks and signs left by deer.

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Each of these experiences act like glue to hold together the pupils’ memories of facts, figures and fieldwork. We heartily believe that learning never stops, and hope that many of our students will return as visitors in the summer, bringing their family and friends with them.

So if you’re a group leader, or mum or dad looking for ideas to keep children busy this summer, remember that wild time in the Forest doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or led by an expert. Why not try some of these?

  • Just walk. Take turns to choose whether to turn, left, right or straight on and leave yourself secret signs to find your way home
  • Relax by the river and find out what floats
  • Stare at the clouds and make up your own names for the different types
  • Spell with shadows. Can you plant sticks, or work with friends to spell your name in shadows on a sunny day?

If you’re stuck for ideas, or worried about what to do in the woods, get started by coming along to our free Wild Play Day at Anderwood car park on 19th August between 10am and 4pm.

Come along for free and try den building, minibeast hunting, clay modelling and much more in a safe, supervised environment. It’s suitable for any age, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the meantime, have a wild holiday!

This entry was posted by Matt Stroud on Thursday 31/07/2014

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