The Benefits of Forest School on Children's Development

Forest Schools are an important part of learning and for children who don't get the opportunity to experience the outdoors.   It can boost their confidence, help with their problem solving skills, can help their communication and they get to learn about risk taking in a safe and secure environment.   Children have the freedom to learn in their own way to suit their own learning style.

Forest Schools enable children to explore, to challenge themselves and learn skills they can use in their adult life .   They are allowed to make a mess and get wet and muddy which usually they may be deterred from doing.   Being able to free play outdoors can improve their language development and they may find it easier to write stories in class.   Forest School can be linked into the curriculum and science is one subject which is used.   The children can learn to understand forces and motion, pushing and pulling and collecting data, for example by noting down how many different types of insect they can find or how many different leaves they can spot.

For children who may be disruptive within a classroom environment, Forest Schools can give them the opportunity to succeed at something which can be good for their self-esteem.   Similarly, children with Special Educational Needs such as ADHD, ADD, Autism or Aspergers being outdoors can have a positive effect on their behaviour, learning and ability to build stronger relationships with those in authority where usually in a normal school environment it can cause stress and anti social behaviour.

It is good opportunity for children who don't get to explore the outdoors very often, if at all, to learn about nature and the environment and also to master skills they would not usually do so at home such as using a pen knife for whittling, learning how to make a campfire for cooking and the importance that safety plays while performing such tasks.   Activities such as learning to climb a tree, making bug hotels and making bark rubbings are...