How to Make a Campfire Popcorn Cage

A campfire popcorn cage is great for showing kids exactly what is happening to popcorn as it cooks. And because they are cheap and easy to make, you can make enough for everyone to have one each. Cooking things on sticks has to be the most fun way of cooking…

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How to Make Clay Boggart Sticks

Clay boggart sticks are a fun twist on the perennial Forest School favourite activity that turns the old ‘face on a tree’ task into a take-homeable craft. This is such a simple activity that it doesn’t really need a tutorial. But here are a few tips and inspiration to get…

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How to Make Stinging Nettle Crisps

Making stinging nettle crisps is an activity that never fails to please both adults and children alike. It’s quick and easy to do, and the results are deliciously crunchy and moreish. What’s more, you don’t need to limit your foraging to nettles, as there are plenty of other plants whose…

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How to make a beautiful ribbon tree rainbow dell

Made by hanging up several different ribbon curtains or ribbon backdrops (whatever you want to call them), this beautiful rainbow dell is a simple but really successful activity at my Forest School sessions in the summer. And is just as popular with the parents as the kids! In fact, while…

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Cinnamon Damper Bread on a Stick

Cinnamon damper bread is a sweet and moreish twist on plain damper bread. Damper bread can be very bland if you use only the basic ingredients of flour, salt, and water. But add just a couple of extra ingredients, and suddenly that boring bread becomes a whole lot more exciting.

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Making charcoal on a campfire

To make sticks of charcoal on a campfire, you only need a few commonly-available items and a bit of time! This simple activity is great for demonstrating the basic method used by charcoal burners for thousands of years, to turn wood into charcoal – one of the most useful materials…

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Easy Bird Seed Cake

Making this easy bird seed cake with children is a great activity to get them engaged with the local wildlife Not only will they have fun making these little bird feeders, you’ll also encourage birds into your garden, where the kids will be able to watch them more easily. Bird…

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Easy Apple Bird Feeder

This easy apple bird feeder is a great nature craft to do with children, especially in late autumn and into winter when the birds are struggling to find food. Stringing up a feeder or two is also a great way to bring birds into your garden if you want to…

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Campfire Welsh Cakes

Campfire Welsh cakes are a vegan spin on traditional Welsh cakes that I cook over the fire at my forest school sessions. As there are usually large groups of children in my sessions, I try to ensure that the food we cook can be eaten by everyone. That means making…

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Santa Sticks – Kid-Friendly Woodcraft

These twiggy Santa Sticks are an old Forest School favourite woodcraft, and would normally be made using a sharp knife to carve Father Christmas’ hat, face, and beard. But the sessions I run often include preschool children who might be a bit young or inexperienced for knife work. So I…

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