Free Activity Plans

Introducing our free Activity Plans and Skills Builders

Check out our initial offering of 32 free Activities plus Skills-Builders. Please note that with a bit of adaptation, many of the Activities are suitable for an entire Key Stage. See what’s on offer and what might work for you (click on image to see more and access downloadable pdf).

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Skills Builders 

The skills-builder series consists of presentations exploring basic skills that are useful for Forest School at different stages in a child’s development. These include the safe use of saws, hand drills, sewing and weaving with tapestry needles and shelter construction.

The presentation format enables you to explore the content at your own pace and to share with colleagues.

Copyright

Permission is given to download, save and print the Activities and Powerpoints for personal use only. Copying for a third party, use of the content in the training of others or transmission by any means whatsoever requires the written consent of the author.

The Books

Forest School Freebies works in tandem with our publications

Book 1 - Forest School for the Primary Setting

Woodland stories, Role-play and Craft Activities for Children

Activities for 4 – 10 year-olds with age adaptability in mind. Each of the 52 lesson plans has an accompanying story, based in an imaginary wood. The stories provide a context for the craft activities as well as providing a framework for engaging children in imaginative play. Illustrated with photographs.

Publication date Spring 2024

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Book 2 - The Power of Outdoor Learning

107 Lesson Plans & Projects for Schools (second edition)

This is the second edition of our activities for children and young people aged 11 – 16 and contains over 100 activity plans, together with explanatory diagrams and photographs. Many of the  activities in this book are intended for half day sessions. There are also projects that require several sessions to complete.

 

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Book 3 - The Power of Labyrinths

 100 Activities & Projects for Schools and Community Groups.

Written for schools and community groups this book provides guidance in the construction and use of labyrinths. This is a valuable additional tool for Forest School Leaders and curriculum leaders wishing to expand outdoor learning and spiritual and emotional development. Fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs.

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Safety

All our activities were developed with children and continue to be used in a school setting. No child or setting is the same however, and safety is ultimately down to your own risk assessments, competence and staff:pupil ratios. Please read our disclaimer and advice on safety.