Wild Family Fun

Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors


February 21, 2015

Half-term Outdoor Fun

Half-term holidays are great for my work, as the children we deliver activities to have all day to be in the outdoors with us.

We can have longer outdoor activities and adventures, and so we decided to use a whole day of Forest Schools activities for our group on the Monday of the half-term. We use a local woodlands near to Cardiff so; along with my daughter, my sister joined us with her two boys, who were all so excited to take part.

We donned our wellies and waterproofs, (ready for the mud and the puddles), and carried our equipment to our little hide-away area at Cosmeston Lakes near Penarth. The first priority was to build a shelter as it was due to rain, and it’s always good to have a “dry” area for bags, equipment and lunch.

We had a variety of activities planned, and the children loved having the ability to choose what they wanted to play with. They loved having wild freedom and soon dumped their bags and were off playing in mixed groups.

We made tree monsters from clay, made dens from tarpaulins and string, hunted for a variety of bugs, (observing how and where they lived), made bows and arrows, waded up the nearby stream, (splashing each other along the way), made a make-shift swing with a rope and two trees, and toasted marshmallows with the fire from our Kelly Kettle. It was great to see how the generational gap was filled, as all the children and adults played together.

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New friends were made and hands got dirty and everyone had so much fun.

We were all disappointed when it was time to go. It was a fantastic start to the holidays, and my sister said she was amazed that (apart from her packed lunch) the day didn’t cost her a penny and her boys had the best day ever.

So much so that they wanted to join us on our next activity the following day!!

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I really do enjoy our Forest School days. Everyone involved has so much fun, and it’s a great excuse for me to eat lots of toasted marshmallows!

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A muddy, wet forest…… what’s not to love ??!!

{Sadly I am unable to post images of the children I work with, all images are of my daughter and my nephews from todays adventures.}

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18 thoughts on “Half-term Outdoor Fun

  1. Leeanne waters says:

    Amazing two days, we all enjoyed our selfs so much, harry hasn’t stopped talking about the waterfalls and can’t wait to go back. thank you so much for letting us come along and join in so much fun.xx

    1. kim says:

      Hey,
      I had the best two days and so glad you and the boys were a part of it.
      Harry was great and so good with the fire for his age.
      Thanks for looking in and commenting!

  2. Coombemill says:

    forest schools always seam such a great way to introduce kids to nature. I love the things you do and it looks like your nephews had a wonderful time there. Toasted marshmallows and a camp are always winners with children. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      I adore being able to deliver Forest Schools, great for the children who are a bit unsure of the outdoors.
      My nephews had so much fun and its great to be able to do it with them.
      Glad to be able to link up!

  3. vicky says:

    Sounds like a fantastic day hun, My older 2 shud to go to forest school when they went to preschool, they loved it when they had it, it was their favorite part of preschool. Keep up the fantastic work hun, who enjoys it more you or them?

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      A brilliant start to the half term. We had so much fun, we all loved every minute.
      I’m so glad to hear of Forest Schools being introduced to younger ages, its great to start a love of nature from a young age.
      I think I do enjoy them more! Especially when you see the children freely playing.
      Thanks for looking in.

  4. I love this! I saw a camping post earlier and made me miss camping. This sealed it. I Want to go out camping again!!! #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I cant wait for the weather to get a bit better and start camping again too. I miss waking up in a tent on a crisp morning.
      #countrykids

  5. How come my invitation always goes missing in the post. It’s been ages since I was able to splash anyone or someone trusted me near an open fire.
    I know you absolutely love your job Kim, it’s fantastic to hear about how much you enjoy yourself because I know the children with you must be haveing a great time.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      I would love to have on a Forest School days and would make you the biggest hot chocolate as well.
      I do love my job, I could never see myself in an office all day. The mud and rain has never bothered me!
      Take care,
      Kim

  6. Karen Bell says:

    What a great job it sounds like you have, to be able to get out in the forest with children to have natural fun, teaching them about the great outdoors and the best playground ever! It looks like everyone must have had a great time!
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      I’m very lucky to be able to do this great stuff in work. Its wonderful spending time with them in the outdoors and watching them play and have so much fun.
      Glad to link up to #LetKidsBeKids

  7. Linda says:

    Kim, this looks absolutely lovely! What a fun day for the kids and adults. Thanks for linking up to the #outdoorplayparty.

    1. kim says:

      Hi. Thank you for a lovely comment. Thats what made the day so special. Adults and children having so much fun together, it was brilliant. #outdoorplayparty

  8. I bloody love Forest Schools. I miss being involved so much and your post gets me wanting to be involved all over again! Thanks so much for linking up with the Outdoor Play Party, looking forward to seeing you again from tomorrow 🙂

    1. kim says:

      Thank you. I do enjoy Forest Schools so much, everyone involved gets so much out of the experience. Its wonderful to be a part of it. #outdoorplayparty

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much. Its so lovely to know that people enjoy reading about my outdoor adventures and see the benefit for everyone involved. I love being part of an experience where children can just be children. Thank you again, its made me so happy to be mentioned.

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