Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Nikki Hills is looking forward to welcoming a new crop of Nature Tots for outdoor family fun and games at Friston Forest this spring.
Nikki fills her two-hour sessions with all sorts of different seasonal activities; from bug hunting to den building, exploring the woodland for signs of spring, building a campfire or den, to creating works of art from natural materials - it’s amazing how much muddy mayhem she and the Tots can achieve in two hours!
Nikki said, “While I’m always impressed by the can-do attitude of a new starter handling a bowsaw for the first time, some children take a little longer to gain confidence to join in and learn the woodcraft skills, but that’s what the sessions are all about – building their self-esteem, physical co-ordination and social skills through child-led achievable challenges.
“We encourage the children to try as much of the activity as they can for themselves, and the accompanying adult’s role is to keep a watchful eye, but sit on their hands and let them have a go. It is such a pleasure to watch the Tots learn by doing hands-on tasks and grow as the weeks go by – and parents are often amazed at how resourceful and capable their children can become.”
Why not give it a go? Sessions run from 10-12 at Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne on Wednesday mornings during school term time - now booking for spring. Children aged 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. You can book the sessions online. For further information call Nikki on 01323 870100, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo copyright Sue Curnock, Sussex Wildlife Trust