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Saturday Minis Sessions

Saturday Minis sessions runs monthly (term time only)10.30 - 12.30 and 1.00 - 3.00. The sessions are aimed at children aged 2.5 - 6 years and last for 2 hours .

*Please note that the booking form for Sat Minis is separate to our week day sessions.


Saturday Minis is a family-friendly day out, designed for parents/carers and children to embrace the woodland’s seasonal changes with their children.

These sessions take place in our Preschool areas. where your children can find a leaf kitchen, a digging pit, musical instruments, hammocks, skittles, charcoal drawing and chalk drawing, tunnels, dens, a mini assault course, to name but a few!

Saturday Minis is designed to encouraging learning about the woodland environment and nature, through various activities. We might look for insects under logs, collect sticks for some craft, learning to identify a seasonal plant to forage for our campfire snack, listening to bird song and enjoying the space of our woodland glade. 

 

As the children gain in confidence they’ll begin to roam independently leaving you to relax! Your little one could join you from the Leaf Kitchen with platters of forest feasts or emerge from a tunnel with a wriggly worm cupped in muddy hands to show and tell. 

 Monthly Sessions

 

The sessions starts with a planned group activity, which the forest school leader will introduce around the fire circle, these tend to be aimed at the 3+child.

 

The activity could involve group games or tool use like a bow saws, palm or hand drills or peelers for whittling. Other activities might involve making a nature inspired craft, foraging for campfire treats or learning to make their own campfire!

 

Once the Saturday Minis have finished their group activity, they are then free to roam and play around the preschool site.

 

We try to keep the activity and snack seasonal and make sure it is always different for every session.

The age of 2.5 - 6 is just a guild line for Saturday Minis, your child can stay with this group as long as they like, every child is different.

When they are ready they can move up to parent free Saturday Adventures 5- 8 years or Saturday Tribe 8-11 

(For these sessions you will need to enquire and book with Aimee: aimeebristolforestschool@gmail.com)

 

 

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A Typical Session

You will be met at the woodland entrance by a Forest School Leader and orienteer through the woods to the preschool areas following coloured ribbons. Once in the preschool area the Saturday Minis are asked to find a seat around the fire circle with their grown ups.

 

The Forest School Leaders will then explain what the activity or activities are.  The Saturday Minis might be divided into smaller groups of Badgers, Squirrels and Fox to allow everyone the opportunity to have a go at a group activity without the space feeling overcrowded.

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The Forest School leader will demonstrate the task to the children, hand out equipment and resources then be on hand to help with their projects. 

 

Once the group activity is completed the Saturday Minis can then continue the session with some free play, which might involve playing with new friends or exploring new areas. 

when the snack is ready, (if they're not cooking their own) the Forest school leaders will ring the bell to let all the grownups and children know that it's time to wash their hands and come and sit down around the fire circle.

While everyone has their snack the forest school leaders will read a woodland story for those who want to listen or your child can continue exploring and playing before it's time to say good bye until next time!

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