Summer Holiday Success

October 3, 2013

in Forest School Sessions, Holiday Forest School

Nature's Footprints Free Holiday Activities for KidsThis Summer we were kept busy with our first full programme of Summer Holiday sessions at Beaumont Park, and it was a resounding success!  For the first time we had teams of 3 or 4 trained Forest School practitioners who could run weekly sessions for 4-8 year olds and 8-14 year olds and we played out with over 60 children in total from all over Huddersfield.

We had kids from 12 different schools for our younger children, and 17 for our older children, and a good balance of boys and girls and children with special or additional needs.  Our funding is primarily to provide free holiday activities for children in HD4 and it was good to see both familiar and new faces from all the local schools, including  Dryclough Infants School, South Crosland Junior School, Netherton Infants and Moor End Academy, and the schools the we’re currently running Forest School projects with.

The 4-8 year old sessions  focussed on encouraging independence and exploration through activities like pond dipping,  natural art themed games & exploration, stories, and den making, and we made use of all the different setting in the park with clear limits and boundaries.

Nature's Footprints Free Holiday Activities for KidsThe 8-14 year old sessions included a lot of  tool use, role play and more active and competitive games.  Our focus was on giving children choices and independence.  We encouraged problem solving and using what they’d built or created in other activities.  This included fire building and lighting to boil kelly kettles and make drinks or toast marshmallows.  Kids made their own toasting forks, dens, art work, bows, arrows and catapults.

And the holidays finished with The Big Bang at Beaumont Park – a celebration organised by the Youth Action Group with loads of free activities for any of the kid’s who’d attended during the Summer.  Alongside Jo and Vicky from Nature’s Footprints (doing rainbow sticks, activities around Goldilocks and The Three Bears, colour palettes and natural noughts and crosses), there were sports, skateboards, scooters, a climbing wall, arts & crafts, knitting, African drumming, and treasure hunts.

A big thank you to the Friends of Beaumont Park who support us and provide our venue, and the Youth Action Group who put together the full programme of activities across the area.  And we’d also like to thank the gardeners, John Mason and Elaine and the team for all their hard work and the two Police Community Support Officers who called in to see what we were up to and who joined in with the session.  The kids really appreciated having you there.

Our next holiday sessions will be at October Half Term.  The 4-8 year olds’ session will be on Monday 28th October from 10 till 12, and the 8-14 year olds’ session will be on Wednesday 30th October from 10 till 4.  For more information or to book a place, please call Jo on 07843 673011,

And watch out for further details of some trial holiday sessions at Storthes Hall, Farnley Tyas……….. 


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Louise October 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Would it be possible for a child to attend from hd3 area please and do parents stay ?


NaturesFootprints October 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Hi Louise

Apologies for the delay in replying. Our school holiday sessions are free and open to anyone. Parents don’t stay for these sessions (although of course you can, if you want to find out more and see what we do – and sometimes people do volunteer to help out). Our Family Forest sessions (on the first Saturday or every month) are for parents to come along and play with their children. Numbers are limited on all our sessions (for safety reasons) and so booking is essential.

Let us know if you we can help with anything else…… and you can always email or call us direct – Jo is the best person to speak to (07843 673011,



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