Nature Tots: how children can make the most of Kent’s outdoors

PUBLISHED: 11:14 08 April 2019

Make sure you give your pre-school children the chance to experience outdoor play

Make sure you give your pre-school children the chance to experience outdoor play

Archant

Are your pre-school children getting enough outdoor play? Kent Wildlife Trust’s new Nature Tots course could be just the solution

We all look back with fondness to our own experiences as children of nature. Long, endless summers, playing out from dawn until dusk; a never-ending adventure with nature as the backdrop.

A lot has changed. Phrases such as ‘Nature-deficit disorder’ have entered the language as more and more evidence leads many to believe that children today are not getting the multiple benefits that experiences in the natural world appear to offer.

To address this, at the end of November last year an intrepid group of toddlers and parents spent an afternoon in the woods at Kent Wildlife Trust’s Sevenoaks Nature Reserve.

They had lots of fun exploring, splashing in puddles and searching for bugs among the logs. They worked as a group to collect firewood and make a fire and the tots were full of wonder when it was lit, fascinated by the flames and looking at the different shapes and colours. They kept warm with a delicious hot chocolate, a plate of cookies and sang a Nature Tots song.

It is an incredibly exciting time as we launch our first Nature Tots course, initially at our Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, to give as many pre-school children as possible the chance to spend time immersed in nature and benefit from various activities outdoors.

Nature Tots sessions are based on Forest School principles and activities, but tailored specifically for pre-school age children.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for little ones to explore, discover and learn from nature and gain a sense of achievement from a variety of nature, art and craft-based activities. Children are encouraged to lead their own learning, doing as much for themselves as possible with help from accompanying adults. It’s great for problem solving, communication, creativity and physical development.

Outdoor play and contact with nature is really important for children’s development and wellbeing, encouraging them to gain a deeper knowledge of themselves, others and the world.

Growing up with fun experiences in wild spaces can help inspire a love of nature that lasts a lifetime. It’s also a great way for adults to experience the natural world through the eyes of their children, feeling the wonder of first discovery together.

Find out more

The course will run weekly on Fridays at the Sevenoaks Reserve, Bradbourne Vale Road TN13 3DH.

All dates are Fridays, two-hour sessions from 9.45am-11.45am and will be booked in blocks, running in line with school terms.

The next two sessions run over from 26 April and 3, 10, 17, 24 May and then 14, 21, 28 June and 5, 12 July 2019.

The cost is £8 per child, with a discount for a second child. Activities are held outside in all weathers, so it’s really important to be appropriately dressed and prepared to get muddy.

For more information, contact Kathryn Barton, ForestSchool@kentwildlife.org.uk or 07717 367944.

@KentWildlife

More from People

Monday, December 21, 2020

So you think you know your county? Take our New Year quiz and put that local knowledge to the test | Words: Adam Jacot de Boinod

Read more
Sunday, December 13, 2020

Kent has always been noted for its rebellions, its involvement in the Peasants’ Revolt 635 years ago its most famous manifestation. But what were those other Kent rebellions?

Read more
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Kent Life spends a festive morning with Christmas Bake Off star Jane Beedle in her Faversham home. Article first published in Dec 2019

Read more

With light at the end of the Covid tunnel at last, we take heart from how Kent recovered from previous calamities, from the 1930s depression to two world wars and the credit crunch. Article first written in July 2020

Read more

We’re all familiar with blue plaques, but could Kent Life come up with 10 notable births in our county – avoiding the most obvious ones? See if you agree

Read more
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

How the sheep farming heritage of Romney Marsh, an area of great natural beauty but high unemployment, helped inspire the creation of Romney Tweed | Writer: Sarah Sturt - Pictures: Manu Palomeque

Read more
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Who was your favourite doctor? Tom Baker regularly appears in the top two in Dr Who polls, is still acting and would never rule out a come-back | Words: Bernard Bale

Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2020

You might think you’re a bit of an expert on Kent but when the clock starts counting down, simple facts may start to elude your memory...

Read more

Pets are proving a lifesaver for many, providing companionship and consistency in uncertain times, as these Kent Life readers reveal

Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Working closely with the most seriously ill of patients, Joanna Mitchell knows only too well the difference it can make when they are cared for at home.

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Latest Competitions & Offers



Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Latest from the Kent Life