Backyard Forest School
Backyard Forest School are a series of videos created by Mrs Corps with ideas to do at home with a Forest School ethos at heart. Enjoy them below!
Cosy Bug Hotel
Where do all the bugs hang out in the Winter ? ... in nature's bug hotels! Have a go at making one for the mini beasts in your garden and why not make a sign for it !
The trees in Winter make some amazing shapes! Collect some unusual twigs and grasses and have a go at making a marionette!
When the weather is frosty, fill some small fun-shaped containers with water and a few natural bits and a cord, leave them outside to freeze over night and you'll have some beautiful ice hangings in the morning!
Learn to tie a Bowline Knot
It's always handy to know a few knots. With a bowline you can make a fun foot swing!
Braiding in the Outdoors
Take some colourful threads out on a walk, find some little weights, a horizontal branch and make a braid!
Listen to an Autumn Poem and Create a beautiful Leaf Rubbing.
Why not make a Leaf Bouquet on a stick as you go for a walk around your area!
Collect some stunning autumn-coloured leaves and decorate your back garden! Use the stalks as a needle to hold the leaf in place.
Make an Autumn Dragon!
Do you know about the Dragon who takes 365 days to travel the world? He always leaves 'a sign' on our pathways and gardens to show where he's been...
Make a Paintbrush out of a Stick
You can make paint brushes out of lots of natural materials - try using tough grasses, a pine cone, a piece of freshly cut sweet chestnut or hazel twig.
Make a Clay Face Sculpture
You might have clay in your back garden just a few centimetres below the soil - it makes great natural material for making mini sculpture!
Make a Tippy Tap to Wash your Hands
Learn how to make a tripod out of sticks and string to balance a recycled milk carton which tips dripping water onto your hands to wash - it's genius!
Make a Rope Swing
Learn some knots to make a rope swing for your soft toy!
Wild Flower Pressing
Carefully choose some wild flowers and grasses, put them between some paper in a heavy book and press them. You can create beautiful pictures with your pressed flowers.
Learn how to use a fern leaf to make an amazing leaf print onto a piece of cotton!
Trees come in all shapes and sizes. Do you know what trees you have around you? Learn what Hazel, Beech, Oak and Sycamore leaves look like!
Make a Bird's Nest
Birds are experts at creating a home for their young! They use all sorts of natural bits and pieces. Can you make a bird's nest?
Listen to Birdsong
Which birds can you hear in your back yard? Find a comfy spot, relax and have a listen.
Learn about Wind and Compass Points
Do you know which direction the wind comes from? Make a wind catcher!
Discover Colours At Home
Make yourself an artist's palette and explore the garden to see what colours you can find this season!
Create a storyboard
Everyone loves to hear a story! Create an exciting StoryBoard out of nature bits and pieces, get comfy and begin...
Make a Sundial
Do you know you can tell the time by using the sun? Make a Sundial and watch the sun cast shadows as it travels around the sky.
Observe the Moon
Do you know when the next full moon is? Did you know that you can look at the moon through a pair of binoculars?
Learn a Clove Hitch Knot
Learn to tie a clove hitch knot and use it to take a stick or toy for a walk around your backyard!
Make your own Frame
A homemade picture frame can help your children focus on just a small area - it’s amazing what you’ll suddenly notice about the world around you!
Make your own Nature Picture
Have a wander round the garden or your doorstep, what can you find on the ground. Collect some natural bits and pieces like leaves, sticks and flowers to create your very own nature picture.
Make your own Bird Diary
Listen to the amazing bird song outside. Make a quick book out of paper and use it to make a diary of what you hear and see.
Make your own Binoculars
There's so much bird song all around us! Make your own binoculars to have a more detailed look outside.
Make your own Weaving
Birds are clever - they weave amazing nests. What can you weave with nature?
Make your own Den
Use the washing line to hang up a sheet to create your den. Make a pretend fire and cook some pancakes!
Make your own Stick Person
You'll be surprised what nature bits and pieces you can find when you tidy up you garden!