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May 12, 2014

A piece of wood and some string!

To help me qualify as a Forest Schools Leader, I’m currently running six practical Forest School sessions with the children from a local Primary school. The sessions aim to provide a variety of learning experiences, including outdoor arts and crafts. This week, the activity was to combine woodland crafts with an introduction to the use of tools.

To achieve this, we made individual Forest Schools medals!


To start the medals off, I cut small discs of wood using a bow saw before the session, and the children would use a gimlet (which is a type of hand-held device) to make a hole at the top for the string to be threaded through. This helps to introduce tool use in gradual and manageable steps.

Making sure we wore gloves and that we worked on a secure surface, the children couldn’t believe that such a small tool would go through the wood to make a hole. First, we marked the area with a cross. Then by pushing down and twisting at the same time, we created a cork screw effect and the hole started to appear.


With very little effort and determination the children were able to twist all the way through. They were amazed and really very happy when they had made a neat hole all the way through the piece of wood.

Next came the drawing and design of their own medals. Each would be totally special and uniquely individual.

When we added the string, a brilliant and very individual wood craft medal was created by each child to take home in celebration of their day’s woodland activities!

This was an activity that took only 30 minutes, but seeing all the children going back to school in the mini bus, each proudly showing off their medals hanging from their necks really was a lovely, happy and satisfying sight.

A very simple but effective teaching-activity and, of course, I had to make one as well!


And here it is!!

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22 thoughts on “A piece of wood and some string!

  1. Kierna says:

    Great to see the tools out & the medals are lovely, I bet they’ll treasure them for a long time. Thanks for linking up xx

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, it was such a successful craft activity. Everybody wanted to make them.

  2. A great activity for the kids to learn about crafts, the use of tools and how to have fun too. You really have an aptitude for this and local schools must be so grateful to have someone in the area able to help occupy children like this while keeping them in order.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx Have a Wonderful Week.

    1. kim says:

      Hi David, I loved making them with the children. Loved seeing the boys as well, they really enjoyed having some tools to work with!
      Take care,

  3. Coombemill says:

    I’ve got to try and make one of these now. It would be so easy here by using some of the wood from the log store. Thank you for the idea, Pinning it to my crafts and country Kids Pinterest boards.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, I really couldn’t believe how easy and quick they were to make. I’m really glad you enjoyed them and thank you for pinning to Pinterest boards.

  4. kid GLloves says:

    Grace says – What a perfect #minicreation, especially with our creation of the Forest den – definitely one of our favourites this week!!! Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you. Glad I could join in. Such a simple outdoor craft but the children loved making a Forest School medal. A real success!

  5. Joanna Chittenden says:

    Love these Kim! Good luck with your qualifying as a Forest School teacher, you’ll be fab of course:)

    1. kim says:

      Hi Jo, thank you. Such an amazing course, really enjoying Forest Schools training.
      Will have to come and do some at the play sessions!

  6. This is a fantastic idea, I’m sure my boys would love making these at half term, I think as well this would be a great way to make Christmas tree decorations as gifts for family members, 1 I must remember come November time

    1. kim says:

      That is such a great idea, they would amazing on a Christams tree! Great gift idea as well.

  7. Those slabs looks so cool! I am actually thinking how to make one w/o those tools! Thanks for sharing. You have the coolest job on earth =) #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, I am very lucky with my job. I do love the interaction with the children and teaching them in beautiful surroundings.
      They really are such a simple but brilliant craft activity to do with children. Good luck!

  8. Love this,what a great idea. Lovely that they were able to get involved in making them. They must have been so pleased with the finished articles x

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, so easy to do, but such a success with the children.

  9. Kate says:

    I love the idea of Forest Schools – brilliant that you’re training to be a leader for it! I think teaching kids to use tools and do other often now so-called ‘risky’ activities is really important – what a lovely way to get them taking responsibility and learning new skills in a safe and fun way! #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much for a lovely comment. The idea of Forest School is so amazing, I have learnt so much from my training. The children are really getting so much out of the sessions and l am very lucky to be a part of it.

  10. This is a great activity for introducing tools. Enjoy your 6 weeks, they will fly by. Have fun with Forest Schools, it really is a great qualification 🙂

    1. kim says:

      I loved introducing tools in such a small and simple way. It was so effective and really helped my confidence. I must admit I was very nervous thinking how I would cope with a group of children and hand tools.
      The weeks are flying past quickly and I have only one more session to go! I love introducing school children to learning outdoors, everyone gaining so much from the experience.

  11. jenny paulin says:

    another wonderful idea and so simple too. You must have so much fun with the children, i think i would too x

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, love simple ideas that work really well. I love the activities too!

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