With two perfect weather days this half term, what better time to engage in some new outdoor learning techniques for all ages. We had an age range of between 5 and 14 years, all getting on fine, the older ones watching out for the younger folks, in turn some great examples of emotional intelligence on display between our visitors. Fire striking with ferrocerium rods was definitely a firm favourite
; it’s fantastic to watch the young people’s reactions to actually creating fire by using the generated sparks in conjunction with cotton wool pads! There was plenty of den building, all shapes and sizes, both of natural resources and tarps.
We made unleavened breads and baked those wound around sticks over the hot fire coals. Both girls and boys practiced the art of quarterstaff techniques using poles (under strict slow-motion rules).
Lots of forest trail and outdoor wide games were undertaken.
Some of the older ones practiced their bushcraft skills learning about the correct woods to process their tinders and kindling from; then creating fires to heat their rough-made billy cans to get water to a rolling boil for their drinks.
Other folks, learned about the safe use of sharp edged tools, from the billhook for processing firewood to small pen-knives to whittle their forest chums from!
Everyone made a Woodallion, so they got to use saws to create a round for decorating and wearing! So just have a look at these photos for a flavour of the days and cheers for coming folks, see you all again soon! 🙂