The Children's Forest - Book

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Stories and songs, wild food, crafts and celebrations. Perfect resource for an outdoor or Forest School education or anyone wanting to help spark children's love of the outdoors.

A rich and abundant treasury in celebration of the outdoors, this book encourages children’s natural fascination with the forest and its inhabitants. The authors have produced an enchanting book where imagination, story and play bring alive the world of the forest. Full of games, facts, celebrations, craft activities, recipes, foraging, stories and Forest School skills, The Children’s Forest is much more than a manual: it is an invitation.

The book is organized into the eight Celtic seasons of Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Summer, Lughnasa, Autumn, Samhain and Winter. Within each chapter are the following sections: The Life of the Forest; Plant Lore; Imaginary Journey; Tree Lore; Activities, crafts and games; Animals; Celebration. The appendices at the end of the book cover woodland skills, safety, the Ogham alphabet, story sources and further resources.

  • Follow hidden tracks, build a shelter, carve an elder fire stick, sew a woolen cloak, and practice the art of deep listening
  • Cook dandelion drop-scones, make daisy ointment, drink herbal infusions, sip honeysuckle honey, brew rosehip tea
  • Welcome the summer with song, play the waggle-dance game, make a hazelnut mouse
  • Play secret squirrels and hibernating hedgehogs, dance the bramble-reel, make a broom from birch twigs

The foreword is by Jon Cree, one of the UK’s leading Forest School Trainers and former Chair of the Forest School Association.

Wonderful for ages 3-12 it will also be enjoyed by adults, families and younger children.

Softcover; 336 pages

Authors: Dawn Casey, Anna Richardson and Helen d'Ascoli