Forest Play

Join us Wednesdays 11am!

Where: Ealing, West London. Please email me for exact location.

Who: Ealing home educating families, ages 4-10 plus siblings. Parent/Carer must be present.

What: Free play with some options for learning about the plants and animals in that space, creating nature art, sharing poems and stories, etc. Basically, another excuse to gather, and making it up as we go!

Register: You are welcome to turn up without registering, but to receive regular forest play updates and fun resources, register HERE.

One of our favorites!

Spring Poetry Walk

Calling all poets, readers, and reciters! We will be creating a digital spring poetry walk and are looking for children who would be willing to recite some spring poetry. Even more amazing, would be if your child wanted to write an original spring poem and record it. Please reach out for specifics as to how to submit your child’s recording. Click on the image to the left to download the poems and other spring poem topics to inspire original poems.

by Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé 

Stinging Nettle

Young nettles are out now. Can you spot them? If you pick them, make sure you are wearing gloves and pick the freshest leaves from the top. Download your journal page by clicking on the image. Find out more about stinging nettles here:

Handmade Apothecary

Eat Weeds

Forage London

The Herbal Academy

Signs of Spring!

Click on the image to download the “Signs of Spring” journal page. As you find each object, color it in. Can you find your own signs of spring? Use your eyes AND your ears!

by Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé 

Cleavers

Cleavers are beautiful spring “weeds” that have some fun properties to enjoy after a long, sluggish winter. Click on the image to download a free pdf journal page. For more information about Galium aparine (aka Sticky Willy) and its uses, visit the sites below:

Handmade Apothecary

Forage London

Eat Weeds

The Herbal Academy

Journal and Sketchbooks: I will have several of these journals available on Wednesdays, but feel free to print off a cover onto either plain A4 paper or card paper, add some A4 paper and staple or stitch the booklet together. Children can then color or paint their sketchbook covers. At the orchard, children may want to take some time observing and drawing their surroundings.

Could you donate a utensil?: I will bring some mud kitchen supplies for imaginative play. If you happen to have any old wooden spoons, spatulas, or bowls laying around, consider bringing them along! Here a great little book about constructing your own mud kitchen at home.

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