We thought we’d do a blog post all about our holiday club service. In this blog post, we’re going to show you our successful Easter holiday club that we held on the 11th – 13th April this year. Our holiday clubs are three consecutive days jam packed with outdoor learning, building skills and boosting children’s confidence all the while making friends and having so much fun. Our holiday clubs are available to children between 7 and 12 years.
Our Easter holiday club always includes an Easter Egg hunt plus all our usual much loved forest activities. We will provide the opportunity to learn more about the forest, develop bush craft skills – fires, shelters, using tools, knot work, woodland crafts, cooking on the fire, making rope obstacle courses, tracking, orienteering, forest crafts, bug hunting, forest games and much much more. Hosting the holiday clubs are some of our favourite events in our calendar, because each child gets to stay with us for three full days (9am-4pm) our teachers get to really understand more about them as individuals, and the children within the group form wonderful friendships. It is also such a reassurance for parents to know that such a big part of the holiday week is filled with being outdoors, in the fresh air using their imaginations and having fun. A lot of our holiday club activities can also vary on what is available to us around the forest, we always like to be lead seasonly with our activities.
Day 1 of our Easter Holiday club started with our jigsaw rules, we hide pieces around the forest and once found they spell out a rule which we then discuss. We always do this at the start of the first day of all our holiday clubs, and whilst health and safety isn’t always the highlight of the day we think we’ve done really well in making it fun and engaging for our little forest explorers. The days then follow with different games, activities and crafts. One of our favourite games to play is our Capture the Flag game. Where we split our group into two teams and two flags. Each team has a flag at their base, and the aim of the game is to try and capture the opposing teams flag and win the game. Within each team, they are divided into attackers, who’s job it is to go and retrieve the other flag and defenders, who stay around their base protecting their own flag from being captured. It is just one of the many brilliant games we regularly use in our groups, as well as it being heaps of fun, its a brilliant team building exercise.
Another highlight in our day is making pizzas in our pizza oven, and toasting marshmallows to make s’mores. Its a brilliant time to wind down after the excitement of the day around the campfire and enjoy some tasty well earned treats.
If you love the sound of our Easter Holiday Club, places are available for this years Summer Holiday Club, but be quick because the spaces always go quickly! Booking can be done through our website, we hope to see you and your little ones there! Refreshments and snacks provided including daily fire snacks – popcorn, marshmallows, s’mores, pizzas in our new forest cob oven and more. Please bring a packed lunch. Full waterproofs and suitable footwear are essential. We do have outdoor shelters and have an indoor classroom should the weather be extremely poor. We do ask children come for the 3 full consecutive days (9am-4pm) as we develop their skills over this time. Please contact us if you are unable to do this but still wish to join us on one of the days as we may be able to accommodate you.