Forest School


acorn hunt

1st 10 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly


One of our Autumn session at forest school this year has been a little acorn hunt, but with a twist.


We asked the children (with help of their parents) to collect 6 acorns from around the site and then go and hide them all in different places. This is just what the squirrels will have been doing and it’s really fun to see how easy it is to remember where all the acorns are.

Little hint, it’s not that easy and squirrels must be really cleaver to remember all their hiding places even after a long time.

We then had some free play before the kids were sent to go and look for them again. A few found all 6 but most came back with 3/4. It a great way to get them exploring in the woods, to really start looking at the ground and whats around. Piles of leaves, sticks, stones, tree roots, even rabbit holes. The kids found some fab places.

To go with this session i read ‘The Squirrels who Squabbled’ by Rachel Bright. It’s a great rhyming story about two squirrels after the same pine nut and how working together in the end was much more fun than against each other.

This would be a nice little autumn activity on a family walk (if you going back the way you came!) or in the garden.


Ellie x




craft binoculars

2nd 09 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly


We made some binoculars this week so Neive could go bird spotting. She is super keen on looking out for birds and then naming all their parts “wings, two wings, beak” ect.

It’s super cute 🙂


You could use anything to decorate your toilet rolls but we used paint sticks, washi tape and wool. I think gluing them together would have been better if you have the time for them to dry, but we used double side tape that did the job.

They got quite a bit of use in the garden and also came with us on our Sunday picnic and kept Neive busy for at least half the walk so this was a total win craft!



Neive did move on from spotting birds to spotting dada, milo and mum mum quite a lot as we stomped though the fields. After our walk in Tilford we had a picnic near the green and then a fab paddle and play in the stream. It was was colder than standing in a bucket of ice! It’s a good job i lost the feeling in my feet quickly, i doth my cap to the kids in only their pants climbing around the bridge.

If your looking for a nice picnic spot around Surrey head to Tilford, there is a nice pub, cricket on the green, great swim spot for the dogs and a nice little village shop.



I’m now going to look up other crafts like this one that we can take out on walks with us.

Ellie x





Petal Printing

25th 07 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

  I think this has to be my favourite nature craft we have done with the kids at Forest School. It’s so easy but looks so pretty, this is a kids craft you want to hang up at home!     You will need: Matierial – It needs to be light in colour but can […]

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going on a bear hunt

24th 05 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

    Yesterday at Forest School we went on a fox hunt. A nice one! The theme for the morning was the book ‘Going on a Bear Hunt ‘by Michael Rosen. I started by gathering the children on our big story tarp and getting them to join in with all the fantastic sounds and words […]

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wild flower seed bombs

19th 04 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

  It’s Wild Flower week on the first full week of May so we decided to get going early by making some wild flower seed bombs with our Forest School group this week. It was muddy 🙂   After looking at and having a chat about seeds I got the kids to bring over bowls […]

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Cress planting with kids

13th 03 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

    This activity was a big hit and Forest School a few weeks ago and one that kept giving joy. I have been sent a photo of the cress growing by one exciting child and another one  brought his back to show us how big it had got before he took it home and […]

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Balloon Ice Ball

9th 03 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

  This is such a lovely outdoor activity and craft to do with kids. I did this with my Forest School club a few weeks ago and they loved finding all the treasures, getting a bit wet filling the balloons and then opening them to see how magical they looked once frozen. I also loved […]

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Easy Woodland Wands

23rd 11 2017. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

  I’m all about making little magical moments every day. My job involves creating big magical moments for children that take weeks, something months of planning but I do believe in filling everyday with little bits of magic as well. I don’t have tons of time, show me a parent who does. So, my daily […]

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Ellie KellyHello & Welcome

I'm Ellie, mum to Neive who is 2, founder of Buttons Parties and Wonderwood Explorers. I like to let the seasons guide me though the year with play, making and baking inspiration. Get yourself a biscuit and come in for an amble around.

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