Forest School Activities Online Course

Module 5: Natural Crafts and Play

natural crafts online course

Get Creative in Nature


Crafting is so much fun and there are so many natural resources that can be used to make beautiful objects!

Our book, Learning with Nature is packed full of crafting ideas and this module includes activities using willow, leaves, bark, clay, cleavers and sticks. Make paint from leaves, hedgehogs from teasel, dreamcatchers, bird feeders, tree faces and much more!

You don’t need to be an artist to have fun with crafting - enjoy endless opportunities to play and create using natural materials to relax, learn and connect through making things together.

What's Included in the Natural Crafts and Play Online Course?


The Curriculum:

  • 17 video lessons full of practical and fun ideas and activities demonstrating a wide range of natural materials with activities for all ages.
  • Lessons include step by step instructions on a range of activities including clay fairies, teasel hedgehogs, bird feeders, leaf bashing and natural paints.

Downloadable Resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment

Each module includes an assessment and on completion you will be awarded a 'Certificate of Completion' issued by The Outdoor Teacher.

You may be interested in Module 8: Nature Awareness Games as a great compliment to this module.

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Module 5: Natural Crafts and Play Sample Lessons

Teasel Hedgehog

From our book ‘Learning with Nature’ I am going to show you how to make a family of hedgehogs using clay. As it’s autumn time, we start to think about the shelters animals live in and what they may need for the winter ahead.

Leaf Bashing

This video looks at some simple ideas that we can use to make natural paints and crafts. Depending on the season and the research you might like to do, it’s incredible how much colour can come from the natural world, from near and afar! We look at what you might need for leaf bashing both as an educational activity for identification and language development.

Dreamcatchers

This is a popular craft that originates from the Native American people. I have shown you a slightly more sophisticated version of making dream catchers. You’ll need willow or a bendy material to make a hoop, some wool or strong thread.

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Module 5: Natural Crafts and Play

Enjoy endless opportunities to play and create using natural materials to relax, learn and connect through making things together!

What's Included?


The Curriculum:

  • 17 video lessons full of practical and fun ideas and activities demonstrating a wide range of natural materials with activities for all ages.
  • Lessons include step by step instructions on a range of activities including clay fairies, teasel hedgehogs, bird feeders, natural paints and nettle cordage.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment


In this Module you will learn to:

  • Inspire a range of natural and manmade crafts, with endless creative opportunities
  • Safely make a range of craft items using natural materials
  • Facilitate how to make a range of different items using natural materials, increasing your knowledge of what works and what doesn’t
  • Choose materials, techniques, and tools appropriate to the task in hand, age and stage of the learner

Testimonials for the Natural Crafts and Play Course

Charlie Irving
Charlie Irving

Forest School Practitioner

"Even after all the years I have been teaching outdoor learning and facilitating Forest School, it was great to be reminded of the power and simplicity of creative play and learning. Marina slowly builds upon simple ideas, layer by layer and the possibilities soon become limitless. What I also love about this module is that you really don’t need lots of equipment to get started as the idea is to inspire and see where it takes you. You really don’t have to be an artist to do this module... just a willingness to have a go!"

kate macairt
Kate Macairt

Play Therapy Trainer

"This module is full of innovative ideas for utilising natural materials for creative fun! Marina describes each process with clarity and it is easy to follow the instructions. There is a welcome diversity of materials and outcomes which will inspire young and old."

Nikki McKnight
Nikki McKnight

Forest School Practitioner

"The modules are a wonderful visual resource to help practitioners in any setting to feel inspired when learning in nature. Whether you work in urban or rural spaces, in health or education, the videos in the Natural Crafts and Play module will help you to try out some new ideas and skills and then apply them to a variety of nature-based crafts in an outdoor environment. When you don’t have lots of time to prepare or you need an activity, these resources will give you something to pick up and use easily in any environment with some simple ideas for equipment and materials. I now have a resource that equips me with an extensive list of ideas. Each video will give you the skills, confidence and courage to use your inner creativity to support those in your care to feel engaged and enriched by the world of nature all around us."

What Will You Learn?


  • To inspire a range of natural and manmade crafts, with endless creative opportunities
  • To safely make a range of craft items using natural materials
  • To facilitate how to make a range of different items using natural materials, increasing your knowledge of what works and what doesn’t
  • To choose materials, techniques, and tools appropriate to the task in hand, age and stage of the learner

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Buy Module 5: Natural Crafts and Play Online Course

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Buy all 8 modules in our Forest School Activities Training Course and save 15%

£30

Module 5: Natural Crafts and Play

Enjoy endless opportunities to play and create using natural materials to relax, learn and connect through making things together!

What's Included?


The Curriculum:

  • 17 video lessons full of practical and fun ideas and activities demonstrating a wide range of natural materials with activities for all ages.
  • Lessons include step by step instructions on a range of activities including clay fairies, teasel hedgehogs, bird feeders, natural paints and nettle cordage.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment


In this Module you will learn to:

  • Inspire a range of natural and manmade crafts, with endless creative opportunities
  • Safely make a range of craft items using natural materials
  • Facilitate how to make a range of different items using natural materials, increasing your knowledge of what works and what doesn’t
  • Choose materials, techniques, and tools appropriate to the task in hand, age and stage of the learner
Marina Robb

About the Instructor


Marina Robb (Bsc; PGCE; MA; Msc; Author) is Founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery Community Interest Company and The Outdoor Teacher Ltd, both leading organisations that aim to transform education and health through nature.

Marina has more than 30 years experience in outdoor learning and nature connection. She provides a deep understanding of effective nature education at all levels and for a range of diverse backgrounds.

Marina is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and since 1989 has studied Environmental Education (MA), Environmental Management (BSc) and Social Research (MSc). She is a leading Forest School endorsed trainer and practitioner (UK and International). Her aim is to share her knowledge and experience with teachers and others wishing to work outside the classroom.

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If you are not happy with the course you can contact us with an explanation for a full refund within 30 days.

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FAQs


When does the course start?

The course starts as soon as you register. You work at your own pace and you will receive a certificate when you complete.


How long do I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course! Unlimited access to the lessons and videos for as long as you like, across all your devices.


Is my instructor qualified?

Yes, Marina Robb is a UK Forest School Association Endorsed Trainer and has been training Forest School Leaders since 2011. She has been working with groups in nature since 1995 and you can read more here.


Our organisation can’t pay using a credit or debit card – can we still buy the course?

Yes, we understand that many schools and other organisations can’t pay by card – contact us and we can send you an invoice to pay us by bank transfer in UK Sterling, Euros or Dollars. We can even accept cheques from UK bank accounts.


Can I access the course on my mobile?

Yes, the course can be accessed on all devices. If you have an iPhone, you can also download the free ‘Teachable’ app from the Apple Store and complete the course using the app, downloading any videos you like onto your device.


What if I am unhappy with the course?

If for some reason you are not happy with the course, contact us in writing within your first 30 days for a full refund. You will need to include an explanation of why you want the refund.


We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a playground or park?  

Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland, park or school playground - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.  

We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards and playgrounds.  

It does take more preparation and consideration of equipment. If you wanted to make fires, you would either designate a small green area of the playground for this purpose or use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground. We have also taken many groups on short walks throughout the seasons to gather some plants for many activities.  

Posts can be put up to replace trees, so that children can still set up various rope bridges or constructions and with a little thinking you can easily set up a rope swing and tarpaulin shelters.

In schools we often ask parents to contribute a log for our wood pile and ask for help to bring in useful materials we may need over the year.


Can I share my course with my colleagues?

No - the license is granted for 1 user to view the contents of the course. This access must not be shared with any other person and only the named user will receive the certificate and be able to answer the assessments. See next question for bulk licencing queries.


Can we purchase multiple licenses for our staff team?

Yes, please contact us for bulk purchasing discounts. We can set up the user accounts for you and send you access codes and you can pay by invoice.


Do I get a certificate?

Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd. You can view a sample certificate HERE


How can we contact you if we have a question?

Yes feel free to call or email us with any questions - our contact details are on the contact page.


Our commitment to Nature & People: 

The Outdoor Teacher, alongside its sister organization Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC aim to transform health, education and family through nature.

We are whole-heartedly concerned about the safeguarding of future generations, human and non-human alike, and the growing understanding of reciprocity between humans and nature. Whilst we are advocates for all people accessing nature and its benefits, we know that this is only healthy if we prioritise the care for the natural world and address issues of equality.

The Outdoor Teacher is working towards becoming a certified B-Corp. Certified B Corps are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We aim to be part of this community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

We are using Monzo Business Banking which is listed as an ethical bank: https://monzo.com/ethics.


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