Foraging in the wild – for three year olds

Children as young as three years old are learning about the changing seasons at Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Tots sessions by making delicious blackberry smoothies to drink and then making natural paint with the left over goo.

Weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are designed to connect children with nature through foraging and other activities including exploring woodland and meadows, collecting berries for wild painting, den building or clambering over logs and fallen trees. Sessions are led by Sussex Wildlife Trust’s trained Forest School leaders who will also include bug hunting, arts and crafts with natural materials, creating a mud kitchen and rope climbing to encourage confidence.

Nature Tots for 3 – 5 year olds at Woods Mill, Henfield starts for the autumn term on Tuesdays from 10 September and on Wednesdays from 18 September.

Sue Curnock, Nature Tots Officer said: ‘The sessions are all about getting outdoors and developing physical co-ordination, confidence and social skills through child-led achievable challenges, while having a lot of fun along the way.

‘In our autumn sessions we forage for blackberries and make wooden ‘bashers’ to create the smoothies.  We also make our own willow paintbrushes, so the children can make ‘blackberry paint’ flags to take home with them. During the session we talk about all the animals who eat blackberries in the wild; from foxes to bank voles and birds. 

‘We change the seasonal activities each session and after blackberry smoothies and flags we will be planting acorns and then making apple and blackberry crumble over the campfire.

‘We encourage the children to try as much of the activity as they can for themselves, and parents are often amazed at how resourceful and capable their children can become as the weeks go by.’

Nature Tots woodland fun sessions at Woods Mill, Henfield, on Tuesday and Wednesdays during school term time for ages 3-5 run from 10am -12 noon.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. For further information and to book online please visit: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/naturetots