We have already mentioned about how forest skills sessions provide opportunity for physical development as well as enabling children to use their imagination and explore different natural materials and tools. Children are able to develop their communication and language skills too by gaining knowledge of new things, widening their vocabulary, listening and responding to instructions and socialising with staff and peers. Pre-writing skills develop through using sticks to mark make, using natural paints and tools in order to develop gross motor skills whilst producing large art works on the forest floor.
In addition to helping children develop their self confidence, forest skills session also enhance their personal social and emotional development by allowing them to learn to take small risks whilst also getting to know how to remain safe at all times.
Mathematical skills are introduced in the forest skills activities the children pursue from learning how to manipulate tools, to finding their way around, looking at nature’s solutions to problems and studying colour, shapes, size, distance, the list is virtually endless!
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