Rain or shine we are always outside! We can cope with any weather just so long as we have shelter in our cosy tipi to eat and rest throughout the day. Below are some examples of the kinds of things we will do in different weather.
Rain is brilliant for catching, measuring, mixing and pouring. It adds a new element to the mud kitchen. Puddle splashing is always a favourite but building bridges over puddles adds a whole new learning opportunity. Making boats, floating and sinking are all part of the day. Our tipi provides a space to eat and rest without getting soggy sandwiches where we can cuddle and read a story before heading out again!
On very hot days children are reminded and supported to drink plenty, apply sun cream, keep hats on and spend time in the shade. We will provide calm activities in the shade to help us cool down such as paddling pools, yoga, drawing and painting. Visiting the wider woodland area and the ponds for a quiet meander as the temperature is often a couple of degrees cooler. Experimenting with water painting and mud painting watching it dry and change colour is a brilliant learning experience. Warmer weather and the summer season brings opportunity for growing and planting, natural dyes, foraging in the forest garden and much more.
open your coat and get blown away! Feel the wind move your body and make you sway. Kite making, running with fabric and ribbons are simply joyous as well as fun around the parachute. Leaf catching in the autumn is one of our favourite past times! On days when we feel it is unsafe to be onsite we will put an emergency plan in place which is likely to involve the use of Weston park Museum or Broomhill Library, staff would contact you on the day to inform of any change of plans.
Ice and Snow
Most of our team live within walking distance so we never close for snow. Extra snacks and warm drinks are always essential on super chilly days, which we provide. We enjoy creating ice sculptures and art work, painting snow, building snowmen, making trails and following tracks. Snowy days are the best!