Start of summer holidays

It’s been a very warm and busy this week at Woodland Beasties. The last few weekends we’ve had a stall at The Alrewas Show and Burntwood Wakes. We demonstrated safe use of a bow saw to cut discs of wood, which then we invited people to use the bow saw with one of us and make tambourines and dream catchers!


Have a look at this video of Sarah demonstrating safe use of a bow saw.

If you would like to learn a new skill like this and other forest school skills, drop an email to us to

As it was so warm this week for our playgroup sessions we had lots of water play and bubbles to keep us nice and cool.

waterplay bubbles


Sarah and I would like to say thank you so much to all our pre school beasties that have come along this last year, we’ve had great fun with all of you. We wish you all the best in your big school, please send us photos of you at your new school.

Just a reminder that we are open all throughout the summer holidays every Tuesday and Friday mornings. Looking forward to seeing you!

Enjoy the sunshine, Woodland Val


Lava lamps and bubbles

Another fantastic week at Woodland Beasties!

We started out on Saturday by doing a workshop at the Lichfield Fuse Festival making instruments out of recycled materials.   We made guitars, shakers and tambourines.

Then at playgroup, we did lava lamps and bubbles.  Lava lamps are loads of fun and easy to make.  All you need is an empty bottle, water, vegetable, food colouring, some effervescent tablets such as Alka-seltzer and a torch. Glitter can also be added as an extra option!

Pour your water and food colouring into your bottle and fill the bottle about a quarter of the way full.  This is when you would add your glitter if you’re using some!  Use as much or as little as you like.

Then pour in your oil, very carefully until the bottle is almost filled to the top.

Break up the Alka-seltzer tablet and drop the pieces in little by little and watch the bubbles form and replace the lid.

Shine your torch through the bottle to add an extra cool glow to your lava lamp!


Tomorrow, we’re at the Alreawas Show doing some tool demonstrations and activities!  Come on down and join us there!

Woodland Sarah

Experiments with water

We had great fun this week experimenting with water, we figured out that pears sink and apples float! We made steam and then made condensation but a lot of the time we just played with pouring one cup of water into another cup, good fun!

Apple and pear

We also want to thank all the girls at Rainbows in Fradley, for an amazing Forest School session! Each girl learned to whittle their own marshmallow stick and learned different ways to build a fire. If you would like to learn how to do this too, we are running Woodland Experience Days in the summer holidays have a look at our website for more information.

Rainbows fradley

Once last note before I go, Woodland Beasties will be at Fuse Festival in Lichfield next Saturday July 9th. Its a fantastic music festival, suitable all the family and it’s free!! Come along and say hi to us. Have a good week.

Fuse festival