January: Build a Nest

On our first Saturday Forest school session, we set ourselves the challenge to build some birds’ nests.

As soon as we arrived, we set off to start a fire in the dedicated fire space to warm ourselves up for the wak we’d be taking later to find materials for the nests.

Then after we warmed up around the fire, the children took a basket each and went for a lovely walk along the River Lea to forage resources that would be fit for a bird’s nest.

Then we went to the gallery, a lovely space that Cody Dock rents out for events and activities, where the children consulted a few resources about nests and nest-making. Everyone took turns to read out loud some interesting facts about birds and showed their favourite images from the books

We then spend some time building the nests with the resources we had foraged and other resources (such as sheep’s hair and naturally dyed wool) that we added to the table to aid the process or just to add some colour! Below are some of the nests that the children together with the parents created.