Forest School Activities Online Course

Module 6: Using Tools

using tools online course

Empower Children to Use Tools


Gain confidence in using basic tools with different age groups.

There is no doubt that at some point, you are going to introduce tools to children – and why not! Tools give children the opportunity to learn to be independent and self-reliant and a simple tool can help you and your group take crafting to another level

We will guide you through all the safety precautions and teach you how to safely work with saws, knives, palm drills, bit and brace, hand drills, secateurs, loppers and hammers! It gives you an insight into our basic tool kit.

What's Included in the Using Tools Online Course?


The Curriculum:

  • 11 video lessons full of tips, ideas and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to work safely in the outdoors using tools.
  • Lessons include working safely with knives, saws, palm drills and tent pegs to construct a range of items from wooden mallets to duck callers and elder pencils.


Downloadable Resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • Tool Maintenance Document

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

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Module 6: Using Tools Sample Lessons

Using Knives

In this lesson you will learn how to use secateurs and knives for some simple whittling. We will take another look at the ratios you may need to think about when using knives and other tools with children as well as revisiting some typical woods for whittling. We will also show you some clips from our ‘knife protocol’.

Using a Bow Saw

This video gives you direct example of how to use a bow saw and a pruning saw giving you a little more in depth information into how to use these important tools safely! We take time to give you professional training into how and why we are using these tools as any mistakes could result in serious injury. We talk through all the considerations for you to think about, which wood to use and the options you have. In all the years we have worked with groups of all ages, we have not had any problems, rather hours of fun and productivity!

How to make a Wooden Mallet

This activity teaches many useful skills from using the saw to knife work. It can be done with all ages, as long as we apply the different methods of using tools from the other videos.

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Forest School Activities Module 6: Using Tools

Gain confidence in using basic tools with different age groups - a simple tool can help you and your group take crafting to another level.

What's Included?

The Curriculum:

  • 11 video lessons full of tips, ideas and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to work safely in the outdoors using tools.
  • Lessons include working safely with knives, saws, palm drills and tent pegs to construct a range of items from wooden mallets to duck callers and elder pencils.


Plus downloadable resources:

  • Risk and Benefit Assessment
  • Tool Maintenance Document


In this Module you will learn to: 

  • Safely use different hand tools for a range of applications at Forest School
  • Safely check, clean, maintain and store your tools 
  • Support the development of perseverance and risk management
  • Encourage the use and value of green woodwork
  • Demonstrate and explain how to facilitate with client groups, the safe use of a range of hand tools

Testimonials for the Using Tools Course

lisa gylsen
Lisa Gylsen

Home Educator

"​I think the Tools module is an essential resource for any parent, teacher or practitioner that works with children – outdoors or otherwise. It makes you consider safety in all the tools you use. I really appreciate this as we taught our daughters to use knives for cooking around age 6-7, and when they were competent we bought them their own kitchen knives. As a homeschooling mother, we do spend a lot time in nature, but this module has given me more ideas on creative things to make and do in nature or camping. It also uses tools that we already have and clearly shows the best way to use and maintain them safely. I also realised I could do better at maintaining some of our tools. Many thanks!​"

claire samways
Claire Samways

Physiotherapist. Coppice Crafter. Trainee FS Teacher

"I have just completed the Tools Module online with The Outdoor Teacher. I am currently in training to become a Forest School teacher and feel this has given me the confidence and skills necessary to enhance my learning to enable me to deliver activities that involve using tools safely and creatively."

Deborah Lewis

Home Educator

"This was such a great module to bring to my home classroom - it gave me the confidence to allow the kids to begin using knives and other tools whilst at the same time learning about our local flora They quickly became independent in the use of these tools, created some cool if not whacky nature crafts, and I saw in them an enormous sense of achievement."

What Will You Learn?


  • To safely use different hand tools for a range of applications at Forest School
  • To safely check, clean, maintain and store your tools 
  • To support the development of perseverance and risk management
  • To encourage the use and value of green woodwork
  • To demonstrate and explain how to facilitate with client groups, the safe use of a range of hand tools

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      Buy Module 6: Using Tools Online Course

      OR

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

      £30

      Forest School Activities Module 6: Using Tools

      Gain confidence in using basic tools with different age groups - a simple tool can help you and your group take crafting to another level.

      What's Included?

      The Curriculum:

      • 11 video lessons full of tips, ideas and essential safety knowledge for anyone who wants to work safely in the outdoors using tools.
      • Lessons include working safely with knives, saws, palm drills and tent pegs to construct a range of items from wooden mallets to duck callers and elder pencils.


      Plus downloadable resources:

      • Risk and Benefit Assessment
      • Tool Maintenance Document


      In this Module you will learn to: 

      • Safely use different hand tools for a range of applications at Forest School
      • Safely check, clean, maintain and store your tools 
      • Support the development of perseverance and risk management
      • Encourage the use and value of green woodwork
      • Demonstrate and explain how to facilitate with client groups, the safe use of a range of hand tools
      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.

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