Monkey and I were in need of some fresh air last Saturday. We decided on a woodland walk and crafting session and headed off to the woods. Monkey’s been asking me to make him a dream catcher for ages, so I suggested we incorporate a few of his favourite things into our design. Armed with a bag to collect twigs, leaves and pine cones he was ready for some fun.
Of course Monkey loves his sticks, so I was prepared that we’d have a bag full before we returned home, but he was having fun.
We chatted as we walked along, identifying leaves and Monkey even spotted this rather handsome caterpillar on the ground. He’s a much better bug spotter than me these days.
Getting out in the fresh air, even for just an hour, makes so much difference, especially after a busy week at school. We found one section of trees with leaves with holes in and when you looked up at the sky it gave a great mottled effect.
I managed to capture Monkey looking up at the trees, his eyes full of wonder.
With a full bag it was time to head back to the car, the first part of a woodland walk and crafting session was complete.
The Forestry Commission are running a Colour Me Happy Autumn campaign this year, you can download all sorts of activities for free. They’d sent us some goodies a while ago and I’d been waiting for an opportunity to make use of them after a woodland walk. Our first creation would be the dream catcher that Monkey was so desperate for. We’d received an embroidery wooden hoop and some beads, perfect for our dream catcher.
Using some material I’d got left over from recovering our dining chairs we covered the hope in fabric and glued it down. I was then in charge of stitching the spiders web effect, with Monkey adding beads as he wanted them. We then worked together to thread pine cones and beads on to the hanging threads below. It was all completed really quickly and Monkey loves it.
Inspired by the Woven Woodland project that the Forestry Commission are showing across a number of their sites this Autumn, we decided to make our own mini version.
We certainly had enough sticks to get our frame made, and had been provided with some garden twine for the task. We bound the corners of the twig frame together, before weaving our framework. Monkey then entwined some of his treasures and hung his artwork up in his room. Another simple and effective craft completed.
A woodland walk and crafting session carried on into this last week. Monkey did some leaf rubbing after school one day and then decided to stick some of his leaves onto a canvas. Not the most artistic of displays, but he likes it, and really that’s all that matters isn’t it.
A woodland walk and crafting session was just what we needed this week. We both love getting out into the woods and exploring, and the craft activities were a nice way to bring nature home. We’re off to the woods again today with friends, I wonder what adventures we will have!
How about you? Been on any woodland trips lately? If you want to find out what’s happening at your nearest Forestry Commission site then pop over to their website. We always have a fun time whenever we visit.
disclosure: we received some crafting materials and activity sheets in exchange for this post.