Forest School Activities Online Course

Module 8: Nature Awareness Games

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Learn how to deliver games for all ages with clear instructions and video demonstrations.

Help the children to become aware of the nature around them by getting them to walk silently like a fox or to cup their hands around their ears to be able to listen like the deer. Encourage them to use all their senses through play to be alert for predators or prey.

Our games will encourage an understanding of the ecology and the web of life, how things relate to, communicate with and consume each other!

What's Included in the Nature Awareness Games Online Course?


The Curriculum:

  • 16 video lessons full of tried and tested nature based games that are a fun way of learning through nature. The lessons include examples of games that can be played with early years, primary and secondary children.
  • Lessons include making animal tracks, deer ears, fox walking, bat and moth, nursery animal sounds and lots more.

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 5: Natural Crafts as a great compliment to this module


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Module 8: Nature Awareness Games Sample Lessons

Fox Walking Game

Many of the games we enjoy enable a group to develop their natural senses and begin to increase their self and nature awareness. Fox walking, a way of walking that derives from watching and learning from predators like the fox, provides a skill to walk slowly and quietly through the woods.

Tracking Games

The first thing you need to do is to make a stencil creating the shape of an animal track. Using a stanley knife is really helpful with this. Once you have your stencils, you can create many fun and engaging opportunities to build connection with animals. This activity develops the skill of shape and pattern recognition and stimulates ongoing curiousity about animals. You may decide to extend this activity by finding out more about what the animal eats, where it sleeps, what its habits are and what time of day or night it is active. Using animal toys also gives the opportunity to tell some stories and set up different tracking challenges which fun and exciting!

Bat and Moth Game

Another classic nature-based game, Bat and Moth is always fun and requires the group to work together and apply skills and strategy. As with all these games we begin to consider ecology and the web of life, how things relate to, communicate with and consume each other!

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Forest School Activities Module 8: Nature Awareness Games

Games, games and more games, so much fun and learning to be had together.

What's Included?


The Curriculum:

  • 16 video lessons full of tried and tested nature based games that are a fun way of learning through nature. The lessons include examples of games that can be played with early years, primary and secondary children.
  • Lessons include making animal tracks, deer ears, fox walking, bat and moth, nursery animal sounds and lots more.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment


In this Module you will learn to:


  • Deliver tried and tested nature-based games for all ages that increase nature awareness
  • Inspire young people to observe their environment by heightening their senses and awareness of space
  • Apply teambuilding activities to increase group unity, sense of fun, cooperation and social skills
  • Cover all health and safety considerations

Testimonials for the Nature Awareness Games Online Course

Deborah Lewis
Deborah Lewis

Home Educator

"Wow! This is the first time I've found such a comprehensive resource for teaching outdoors and it has been very rewarding to try these games out with the children in nature. There are so many hidden treasures in the games​ that have real and valuable lessons, empowering them, reconnecting them to nature as well as their own self awareness and self esteem. I highly recommend these to anyone working with kids!"

Jennie Casey
Jennie Casey

Forest School Practitioner and Trainee Play Therapist

"These nature awareness games give children of all ages an opportunity to tune into their senses. In the classroom we can spend time and money on creating sensory work; in the outdoors, with Marina's guidance, nature does a lot of the work for us. This module is particularly helpful for providing ideas of embodiment games; nurturing the student's awareness of their vestibular and proprioceptive systems as well as their other senses. I find that once children are grounded in their body, through work such as this, learning flows easily. This enables facilitators to spend time focusing on supporting students' emotional, social and cognitive skills. Marina's course teaches us games which we can use with children of all ages. It is brilliant and anyone can do it!"

Margarida Pedrosa

Forest School Practitioner, Portugal

"The course was a very helpful tool to learn new nature awareness games. It was very interesting to have access to both early years and teenage games as well and to see how to progress the learning and complexity as needed during a session."

What Will You Learn?


  • To deliver tried and tested nature-based games for all ages that increase nature awareness
  • To inspire young people to observe their environment by heightening their senses and awareness of space
  • To apply teambuilding activities to increase group unity, sense of fun, cooperation and social skills
  • To cover all health and safety considerations

Buy Module 8: Nature Awareness Games Online Course

OR

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


£30

Forest School Activities Module 8: Nature Awareness Games

Games, games and more games, so much fun and learning to be had together.

What's Included?


The Curriculum:

  • 16 video lessons full of tried and tested nature based games that are a fun way of learning through nature. The lessons include examples of games that can be played with early years, primary and secondary children.
  • Lessons include making animal tracks, deer ears, fox walking, bat and moth, nursery animal sounds and lots more.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment


In this Module you will learn to:


  • Deliver tried and tested nature-based games for all ages that increase nature awareness
  • Inspire young people to observe their environment by heightening their senses and awareness of space
  • Apply teambuilding activities to increase group unity, sense of fun, cooperation and social skills
  • Cover all health and safety considerations
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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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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