Recently I have been helping out with Mouse’s forest school lessons, which is where this activity came from.She has really loved everything she has learnt and has been keen to replicate it all whilst out exploring.We visited our local woods to make muddy faces she, with just a bit of dirt and water from a nearby stream.Each child mixed and shaped the mud in their hands before pressing onto a tree.Then they looked around on the woodland floor searching for twigs, cones, acorns, leaves and flowers to make the muddy faces facial features.
Muddy Faces: Forest School Lessons
Mouse’s forest school lessons have brought much joy to her and me.The group of children I have been really wonderful to supervise over the past couple of months, making the muddy faces has been her highlight.I’ll be posting more forest school activities as and when we go to the woods, we will be using Facebook live when we do.
We discussed the natural materials used, what they were and where they came from.The kids really got stuck in, creating wonderful muddy faces around our favourite bit of the woods.Forest school lessons can be done throughout the year, as long as everyone is suitably dressed for the weather.All children must listen to the instructions carefully before proceeding.Please make sure you don’t pick anything poisonous or rare. There some great guide books to help you identify trees, plants and flowers.
My favourite was Cat’s tribal warrior, with the feather and grass beard it really stood out against the tree.Had we had more time, we would have moved deeper into the woods for a longer forest school lesson.But my mum was expecting us for lunch, so unfortunately we had just a short time to make them.