Nest in the Woods Grappenhall

Nest in the Woods Grappenhall

Fully outdoor Preschool for children aged 2,3 and 4 years old. Our philosophy is based on the Forest School approach, which puts the child at the centre.

Operating as usual

22/07/2021

This week we've said lots of goodbyes to some of our wonderful children as they move on to new adventures and see you soon to those who we look forward to seeing again in September.
Thank you so much for all your kind gifts, cards and words. They are all much appreciated. Have a lovely summer.
Love Gemma, Lesley and Sam.

This week we've said lots of goodbyes to some of our wonderful children as they move on to new adventures and see you soon to those who we look forward to seeing again in September.
Thank you so much for all your kind gifts, cards and words. They are all much appreciated. Have a lovely summer.
Love Gemma, Lesley and Sam.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 22/07/2021

We made sure that our last day had plenty of time to enjoy playing with friends and enjoy being outside. We went hunting ๐Ÿฆ‹ and then used ๐Ÿ”จ to create our own Hapazome versions from cloth and pegs. The climbing tree was a pirate ship with a motley crew ๐Ÿ˜† this morning then the perfect place to sit with a book this afternoon. We had pretend fires built this morning and ice creams this afternoon. As a special treat our mud ice creams turned to real ones to end the day as a real ice cream van came to visit ๐ŸฆWe finished by creating our own rain shower to cool us all off ๐Ÿ˜Ž .
Happy holidays everyone. Enjoy ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ› hunting and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 21/07/2021

The walk to the woods this morning was very interesting because there was just so much to see and talk about. We spotted a rabbit ๐Ÿฐburrow this morning by our favourite hill, we found ladybirds ๐Ÿž and ladybird pupae, vole holes along the path, and butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹. We decided to go pond dipping to see what else we could spot... Unfortunately there were no tadpoles, but there were a few pond skaters. While exploring we collected a few colourful nature items and the children had a go at Hapazome and made their very own butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹ to take home with them.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 20/07/2021

Today has been the perfect weather for making pancakes on the fire, relaxing in hammocks, reading lots of books, making mud pies and potions and using the tools to make wooden mallets. The children's imaginations have taken everyone on an exciting train ride to unicorn world, and made up a very giggly game of don't run granny and grandpa over ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 19/07/2021

Some of the children worked very hard today making their own mallets to take home. They learnt the safety of using tools and followed the safety procedures really well. There was lots of imaginative play of happy families with mums, dads and babies, and an influx of vendors selling ice-cream. The perfect weather for it ๐ŸŒž

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 15/07/2021

Hanging out in hammocks, bonding over books and giggles galore. We've had a lovely day under the cool of the trees today. A bunch if trainee ninjas stopped by for a lesson in sword skills. There was a bus trip to Chester zoo ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฏ. The bear cave turned into an ice cream cafe ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ. We just managed to squeeze in enough time to toast marshmallows for s'mores.

14/07/2021

Just a video today. We've been having too much fun sawing wood cookies, decorating them, drilling holes and trying to master spinning them to take photos to share. This one was the last of 17 made and it spun the best ๐Ÿคฃ. Thankfully the children didn't care whether it spun or not they were just rightly proud of themselves for making it, as were we. Super tool work by all today ๐Ÿ†
So parents a challenge for you can you master the wood cookie spinner ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 13/07/2021

After a special request from the children, we decided to make log dogs๐Ÿถ today...... Or so we thought ๐Ÿค”, as our imaginative bunch had other ideas! ๐Ÿคฃ We had dogs, cats, a tiger๐Ÿฏ, a pig๐Ÿท, dinosaurs and a lemur for good measure! ๐Ÿ˜ We used a ruler ๐Ÿ“to measure 10cm before using a saw to cut through the log. The children used their listening๐Ÿ‘‚ ears to follow instructions, learning how to handle tools๐Ÿ› ๏ธ safely ๐Ÿ‘After yesterday's pulley success, we tried to make an even bigger one! This one stretched across the whole field, with teamwork a must ๐Ÿ‘

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 12/07/2021

Today involved teamwork operating the pulley system... One child had to pull the black rope to make the bucket go to the middle where another child filled it up, before a different child had to pull the red rope to bring it back to empty the bucket. It took a little bit of practise to get the coordination but they did it ๐Ÿ™‚. The rest of the rainy day was great for playing with diggers, giving elephants ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ mud baths, and playing the traffic light ๐Ÿšฆ game.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 08/07/2021

Happy Thursday. We've had a fun filled day with lots of going on, thankfully we managed to take some photos so you can imagine you were there too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 07/07/2021

Talk of superpowers over snack led to a wand making masterclass for the rest of the day and lots of spells being cast. We all had a go at learning the actions of whittling to remove the bark from our wands using peelers. There was lots of perseverance shown to work out the angle needed, how much pressure and having the resilience to keep going. Well done everyone ๐Ÿ˜.

06/07/2021

Thanks for the letter! We have enjoyed watching the transformation over the months and the children will definitely miss the diggers! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Thanks for the letter! We have enjoyed watching the transformation over the months and the children will definitely miss the diggers! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 06/07/2021

After the recent downpours, we decided to make the most of the rainwater and puddles ๐Ÿ˜ Using the hand drill and listening carefully to instructions, we made holes in wood to attach masts to our own โ›ตboats. The children chose leaves to make sails, before taking their boats to the puddles for their maiden voyage ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Attention soon turned to a huge pile of soil, perfect for digging and mud sliding ๐Ÿคฃ , and the inventive explorers used stones to build a bridge right through a huge puddle! ๐Ÿ˜ As we settled down for lunch under the tarps, the sun came out and we all watched with fascination as a blanket of steam๐Ÿ’จ rose from the ground. The children tore across the field to investigate, dancing around in the swirling spectacle ๐Ÿ˜Š

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 06/07/2021

Animal ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ”๐Ÿถ๐Ÿท families, superheroes, watching football โšฝ, magic traps turning you into dinosaurs, concocting in the mud kitchen, trapping each other, reading stories, climbing trees ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒด, swinging and our all time favourite... Puddle jumping (or bathing ๐Ÿ˜‚), are just a few of the things the children have imagined up and being doing.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 01/07/2021

Dinosaur disaster! We had to put our thinking caps on to work out how to rescue the dinosaurs after they got trapped on the wrong side of a fence! The children thought rope might work so we put our cowboy skills to the test and had a go at using a lasso ๐Ÿค . Perseverance paid off in the end and all toys were saved.
We've also been making masks using natural materials to decorate them to create superheros, monsters and the best camouflage ๐Ÿ˜‚

30/06/2021

Down in the deepest darkest woods today were our intrepid explorers. They scaled mud piles, balanced along walls, trekked into the darkest parts of the forest and walked a long way too. Along the way we identified lots of different plants with some great names: Great Willowherb, Tufted Vetch, Nipplewort, Goutweed, along with amongst others Dog Rose, Poppies, Giant Daisies and Hogweed.
We also found lots of ladybird larvae crawling around on the path and 1 ๐Ÿž.
We love having the time to follow the children's interests and let them take the lead in our adventures. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Down in the deepest darkest woods today were our intrepid explorers. They scaled mud piles, balanced along walls, trekked into the darkest parts of the forest and walked a long way too. Along the way we identified lots of different plants with some great names: Great Willowherb, Tufted Vetch, Nipplewort, Goutweed, along with amongst others Dog Rose, Poppies, Giant Daisies and Hogweed.
We also found lots of ladybird larvae crawling around on the path and 1 ๐Ÿž.
We love having the time to follow the children's interests and let them take the lead in our adventures. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 29/06/2021

Today has been full of traps and construction ๐Ÿ‘The children were trapped in a giant web ๐Ÿ˜ฑ and took it in turns to be spiders๐Ÿ•ท and flies. They added wool to the rope web, making a complicated and tricky trap to escape from ๐Ÿ˜ฑWooden mallets and sticks were used to make structures for the animals, more ๐Ÿ•ท spider webs and a tractor๐Ÿšœ barn, complete with a gate. This morning, we were lucky enough to see a group of ๐Ÿ›ถcanoeists setting sail from the hut and we followed them along the canal, pausing on the bridge to cheer them on, (or should I say, offer constructive criticism๐Ÿคฃ) with shouts of "come on, you can do it!...... Go faster!! " and "Can you go as fast as a speedboat๐Ÿšค?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 28/06/2021

On our walk to the woods this morning we spent some time talking about why it's important not to touch a plant / flower if you don't know what it is. Investigating the flowers as we walked past we saw nettles which will sting, brambles and thistles which are spikey, and hogweed which can make you very itchy. Once in the woods there was team work den building, helping friends out, reading lots of stories, making pictures with ropes and spending a lot of time making our nature ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ crowns ๐Ÿ‘‘.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 24/06/2021

Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? Our mini garden in a bottle is doing very well. Lesley brought it in today so we could check k how the compost we made was doing and re-pot the miniature sunflowers ๐ŸŒป because they have grown too big for the bottle now. We talked about the parts of the plants and found the seed shells the plants have sprouted from. Our diggers had great fun in the left over soil.
In the woods we set up a rope trail for children to try to follow by feeling their way along with their eyes shut. It was very popular so they found more ropes and extended it themselves ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
We've also enjoyed loading and unloading diggers in the damp ground of the woods; trying out different ways of swinging; making and testing fishing rods ๐ŸŽฃ in the pond.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 23/06/2021

We made a sad discovery when we arrived this morning to find a dead rabbit ๐Ÿ˜ข There was lots of discussion and questions amongst the children about what could have happened and what we could do. They decided we should carefully move it to a dark spot so it would be safer. A valuable learning experience.
Who remembers cats cradles? We began this morning with wool learning how to make a cats cradles or as the children called it "a spiders web"
On our way to the woods we used our colour wheels to search for different colours. We also got crafty today using natural finds to snip and stick to create nature bracelets.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 22/06/2021

Colours, colours everywhere.... which ones can you see? ๐Ÿค”Today, we went on a colour hunt. We used colour wheels and pegs to identify the different colours we could find. The children moved their peg around the wheel as they spotted lots of colours in the environment... brown mud, green grass, a red moth, yellow buttercups and even a lovely blue๐Ÿ”ตsky! โ˜ We used scissorsโœ‚ to trim grass and leaves, visited the pond to see how much it had changed ?๐Ÿ˜ฑ and watched the grass and hedges being cut by the big mower ๐Ÿ˜„

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 21/06/2021

This morning we talked about how today is the summer solstice so it's the first day of summer. The children were interested to know that today is the longest day of the year. Once we were in the woods we decided to continue our summer chatter by collecting and threading yellow things to make our own Suns โ˜€๏ธ. The children were really engrossed and put so much effort into threading buttercups onto their Suns.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 17/06/2021

We've had a lovely day playing together and following the children's ideas. Ropes became a triangular (pizza slice ๐Ÿ•) rope course to climb all the way around. We watched baby earwigs on the pipes and spiders climbing on the crates. We've kept a survey of boats passing by talking about their names and noting down if they waved or not ๐Ÿ˜‰
The afternoon was filled with turning elder into beads and creating bracelets.
Have a lovely weekend

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 16/06/2021

After our elderflower fritters yesterday the children had no problem identifying elder for our secret tool project today. ๐Ÿ˜‰
The forest was filled with babies! As some children are expecting new siblings imaginative play followed. They were very good at caring for their newborns ๐Ÿ‘ถ.
Ropes for swinging like a ๐Ÿ’ and climbing like one too were popular, giving lots of opportunity to develop upper body strength ๐Ÿ’ช.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 15/06/2021

We began the day drawing and writing with pieces of charcoal, before going on an Elderflower hunt. We talked about how Elderflowers usually have five leaves and five petals on each flower. As we searched for the pretty white flowers, we found similar plants and compared them with the elderflowers, reinforcing the importance of knowing which things are safe to touch and eat and which aren't ๐Ÿ‘Once we'd collected a small amount, the children carefully checked over the flowers for any insects before preparing to cook them. After dipping them in batter, we fried them over the fire๐Ÿ”ฅ to make delicious vegan Elderflower fritters ๐Ÿ˜‹ The warm afternoon was filled with storytelling using the story cookies, lots of books, hiding and chasing๐Ÿƒ games and a treetop performance of The Greatest Showman ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ˜

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 14/06/2021

World record chocolate cake ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚ and fluffy vanilla ice cream ๐Ÿฆ were some of the menu items that children created to entice the gruffalo to tea today. The teddy bears ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป had to have a nap after their picnic today, and there has been endless story reading ๐Ÿ“– today. The children commented on the changes in the woods that have taken place over the half term holidays, with a favourite being seeing that the buttercups were nearly as tall as them.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 27/05/2021

We've had a very relaxed end to the half term today. On the request of a child who'd seen photos of the pancakes we made on Monday, we started the day with ๐Ÿฅž. We experimented by creating traditional mini pancakes and also dairy free oat pancakes. The oat pancakes were a real hit with everyone . We then strolled to the woods where looking at ๐Ÿ“š, climbing and swinging turned into making bow and arrows and fishing ๐ŸŽฃ rods.
Have a lovely half term. We look forward to hearing all about your adventures from the 14th June.

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 26/05/2021

We made good use of the recent rain today. From jumping in puddles to perfecting the perfect mud paint. The diggers worked hard to move all the mud around.
We spotted lots of insects trying to keep their feet dry as we searched for sticks to build a den. Which then became a brilliant hiding place for "1,2,3 where are you".

Photos from Nest in the Woods Grappenhall's post 25/05/2021

What fun we've had today playing and exploring huge piles of wood chip left over from the tree surgeons ๐Ÿ˜ The children used their senses and fabulous imaginations to create a beach ๐Ÿ–to be buried in๐Ÿ˜, a ski โ›ท๏ธslope complete with a tin tray sledge ๐Ÿคฃ, a busy kitchen and also managed to narrowly escape a pretend avalanche ๐Ÿ˜ฑWe talked about how piles of wood chips can get and remain warm, so the children decided to dig deep to check it was true ๐Ÿค”Lots of excitement followed when they discovered it was lovely and warm underneath the surface ๐Ÿ‘After discovering a ๐Ÿญmouse hole this morning, we went on a hunt to look for more creature hideouts and were very excited to find Peter Rabbits๐Ÿฐ burrow ๐Ÿ˜ We collected interesting treasures found on the ground to create fantastic nature pictures, before using the frames to take funny face photos ๐Ÿ˜‚The very long grass led to games of hide and seek, followed by a Food Festival competition, leaving just enough time for a quick trip to Mars ๐Ÿ˜

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