Natural Crafts Volume 2
Craft with Confidence
Crafting is a great way for your group to enjoy working creatively and often after some running around games!
After completing this module you will be able to make your own charcoal and charcloth, pick and make cordage from nettles, make a necklace from rowan berries and have lots of fun with clay and other natural materials!
What's Included in Natural Crafts Volume 2?
- 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.
- 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
The Forest School Activities Training
Our foundation training course comes with lifetime access to over 100 step by step inspirational videos and resources. Designed for teachers and practitioners. Single modules are £49.99 +vat or save over £100 when you buy the 8 module bundle
Get All 8 Modules For £295 +vat
Take a look at some of the activities you’ll learn
Making a Mini Raft
This is the simplest way I know to make a raft! You will needs string, scissors and some sticks…then you can be creative to adding a sail or a little clay person?! We have made little ponds digging up a small area and lining it with a plastic bin bag to play with water and the rafts. Even better, you could find a little stream to float your raft.
Rowan Berry Necklace
Autumn berries are wonderful – in September we can find the rowan berry (otherwise known as the mountain ash – Sorbus Aucuparia). You will need some blunt large needles, rowan berries and thread! These kinds of ideas and activities done in a group create a warm village feeling. You could also look into making Rowan jelly too….
We often make charcoal when we are wanting to do some art, or make elder pencils. Willow is best for drawing on paper but any type of wood will make charcoal. Ideally you would use knives for peeling the wood. With early years lots of people feel safer using a potato peeler. Either way follow your knife protocol when using sharp tools. Once again, as with creating char cloth, you will need an old tin, put two holes in it, willow, secateurs and a good fire.
- Elder Beads (4:01)
- Rowan Berry Necklace (4:17)
- Making Char Cloth (3:21)
- Making Charcoal (6:25)
- Dragonflies (5:27)
- Alder Seed Bees (2:21)
- Clay Eggs and Nest (3:12)
- Making a Clay Flower (1:02)
- Making a Mini Raft (3:37)
- Wax Leaves (5:33)
- Nettle Cordage (8:25)
- Natural Crafts Volume 2 Reflection
- Course Feedback
What's Included in Natural Crafts Volume 2?
✔️ 11 video lessons full of creative and inspired ideas using a range of natural materials.
✔️ Lessons include making elder beads, rowan berry necklaces, charcloth, charcoal, nettle cordage and lots more.
Plus downloadable resources:
✔️ A Risk and Benefit Assessment
What will you learn?
✔️ Safely make a range of craft items using woodland materials.
✔️ Explain how to facilitate with client group(s) the making of a range of different items using natural woodland materials.
✔️ Facilitation of making craft items: choice of materials, techniques, and tools appropriate to the task in hand, age and stage of the learner.
Forest School Activities Online Training - All 8 Modules
Over 100 step by step videos and resources - this training will give you a huge tool kit full of activities
Natural Crafts Bundle
Get both Natural Craft Modules for only £40 - 28 inspiring step by step video lessons full of creative activities using natural materials
Who is your tutor?
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 is co-author of ‘Learning with Nature’ (foreword by Chris Packham), a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners, and ‘The Essential Guide to Forest School and Nature Pedagogy’ (foreword by David Sobel) which contains everything you need to know from theory to practice
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.
If you are not happy with the course, you can contact us with an explanation and claim a full refund within 30 days.
Know that your course is available on all devices
Natural Crafts Volume 2 and all of our other courses including The Forest School Activities Online Training Course are mobile friendly and available on all types of devices.
If you have an iPhone you can download the 'Teachable' app from the Apple Store and download the videos onto your phone.
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:
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