Language and culture barriers in the classroom are overcome in nature as staff members can help children to gather items, point out areas of interest, demonstrate smell and texture and work with children to use tools safely.
Children who may not want to spend creative time at a table top may well feel compelled to be creative in the woods. What child could fail to be captivated by making mud faces in the knots on trees for example!
Reluctant writers may well spend time using ‘homemade’ charcoal on sheets hung from trees but not normally choose to go near the writing resources in the preschool rooms.
Children who lack confidence or have difficulty in socialising with others may find that they are free to be themselves in the woods as they have the opportunity to shine with what they produce too.
© Copyright Zoë Hendy 2011.