This Autumn, Forestry Commission England wants to get everyone out and about enjoying their local forest, and to help they have produced a fab free pack of Autumn activities for the home and outdoors. You can get your pack here - Free Autumn Learning Activity Pack - and it is packed with crafts and activities using things that you'll see and find in the forest.
We were sent some crafty bits and pieces so that we could try out some of the activities ourselves. We started with a canvas tree picture, using colours that we found in nature. Mia collected together as many different colours as she could - green grass and leaves, coloured flower petals, berries, and some dirt mixed with water. Then she used them to paint the canvas. The mud worked best, but the coloured petals also worked really well, and she produced a fantastic background for her art.
Then she painted a tree outline and used white glue to stick down different shapes and sizes of leaf that she found to make the outline of the tree. She was so proud of her finished picture that she took it into school to show her class!
Then I tried my hand at making an Autumn themed dream catcher. I found some instructions here - How to Make a Dreamcatcher - and used a small wooden hoop, twine and beads to weave it together. I decorated it with some Autumn leaves that Mia had collected.
Finally, Mia and I enjoyed some adult colouring sheets which you can download here - Autumn colouring sheets - a great way to spend some quiet time together.
Have a look at the Autumn Colour Me Happy Map to find your nearest Forestry Commission forest and see what activities they have planned for the season. In many of the forests you will find Woven Woodlands - giant weaving looms like the one below to which visitors are invited to add their own additions and build a colourful natural installation.
Don't forget to download your own free activities pack to help you get the most from the forest this Autumn!