Forest School Wild Play by Jane Worroll

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Aimed at parents, teachers and Forest School leaders, this new book from Jane Worroll & Peter Houghton is packed full of fantastic new Forest School activities. It has a special focus on the elements and on making children feel connected to the natural world through imagination and storytelling.   

The ultimate antidote to screen time – outdoor play with your kids! Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a Forest School leader or anyone else looking after children, this invaluable guide to nature-based play is full of ideas to get kids outdoors, learning about and connecting with nature, developing new skills and having fun. These new Forest School crafts, games and survival activities are all themed around the elements of earth, air, fire and water, with an underlying message of sustainability and wonder at the amazing web of life. 

For earth, make a mud slide, try Bogolan mud painting on cloth, or hurl mud missiles at a moving target. For air, make a bullroarer or a whistle, build a kite and fly it, or predict the weather by reading the clouds. For fire, dig a Dakota fire pit, make a bug-repellent torch or learn how to navigate using a shadow stick. For water, mix natural dyes, build and test a rainproof den, or drink foraged birch twig tea from a crafted log cup. There are also four magical stories to tell the children – one for each of the elements –guaranteed to spark their imagination.


Jane Worroll (MSc) and Peter Houghton are qualified Level 3 Forest School leaders, running their own London-based Forest School ( The Forest School Way) as well as The Crafting Shed, which offers creative courses. They are the authors of a bestselling Forest School series that includes two other books and a deck of activity cards. Jane is a former Countryside Ranger and Peter is an artist and a master woodcarver.

Watkins Publishing

Pub Date: June 08, 2021

0.7" H x 7.8" L x 5.7" W

168 pages