Magical Moments in Nature


Petal Printing

25th 07 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature 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 be an off cut or somthing like these cotton flags we re perpurposed from Baker Ross
  • Petals – in a lovely selection of colours
  • Bit of scrap paper
  • Hammer – we found a rubber one the best
  • Wool or ribbon


Then simply place the material on the scrap paper (this is so it does not get dirty underneath when you hammer it). Lay the petals out on half the material and fold the other half over so it’s like a petal sandwich.

Then get hammering! You will see the colour start to show though, you can lift it up to check on it if you like and hammer some more if you missed any bits.

Once done, pick the remaining bits of petals off and hand on a stick with wool or ribbon.


Ellie x


Other posts you might be intrested in: 

Going on a Bear hunt Forest school session 

summer play ideas for home 

wild flower seed bombs 

easy woodland wands 


I would love to see the results if you do this, share with me on instagram @_elliekelly_ or @wonderwoodexplorers




going on a bear hunt

24th 05 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature 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 in the book. Swishy Swoshy, Squelsh and Whoooo, to name a few.

Then we had to go on our own hunt for Mr Fox, a woodland friend who was missing.

We started in some long grass on the site and went swishy swoshy through it. Then we had to walk along the slack line over the swomp (made from a tarp) and we went wobble, wobble.


Next we all had to go through the lake (a trug with water in) and we went splish splash, splish splash.

In the woodland area we made a bridge from a plank and two stumps that the children had to go across and say trip trap, trip trap.

Just like in the book we walked into a storm, for this section of the course we all picked up some dry leaves and threw them in the air and said whoo hooo, whoo hooo.

The next challenge on our adventure was to go through a tunnel very quietly as we didn’t know what was on the other side (this was a pop-up tunnel in the woods) and we said shhhh, shhh.

The final thing was coming to a stony beach and walking over the pebbles saying clip clap, clip clap.

The children then looked around for the fox that was hidden in a cave like tree. We didnt need to run away from the fox so instead he got a cuddle 🙂

This was a lovely activity to do and was easy to set up. My two-year-old was with us yesterday and i thought it would be fun to do something like this in the garden for her.

If you fancy giving this a go at Forest School or home just gather anything you have around to make a few different obstacles like a bridge, tunnel, hill, storm, lake ect.

Start by reading he book and then make up your own words as you follow your course looking for a friends that’s lost.

Have fun!


Ellie x


wild flower seed bombs

19th 04 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature 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 Magical Moments in Nature 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 Magical Moments in Nature 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 Magical Moments in Nature 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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I'm Ellie a lover of celebrations, bunting, balloons and bubbles. This is my party and lifestyle blog. I'm married to Mr Kelly, we have a 4 year old Border Terrier, Milo and a baby on the way. Put on your party hat, grab a bit of cake and take a look around.

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