Forest School & Outdoor Learning


The World is Their Classroom

I home educate my five children ages 15, 12, 10,7 & 4 who have never been to school. They learn through fun, practical activities to spark their interests in various topics. Between the ages of 0-7 they learn through play and reading lots of books. We take our classroom outdoors as much as possible. High-quality outdoor learning experiences are great for developing key life skills such as problem solving, communication skills and building self-esteem as well as instilling a love and appreciation for nature. Learning outdoors in the fresh air... Read More


Forest school…?

I thought I’d write a short piece about our experience with Mya attending forest school. Before having children I wasn’t familiar with the concept of forest schools in fact I’d never heard the name! What I was sure about was that I fully intended to home educate any children that I had in the future. Fast forward a few years and Mya was on the scene. We’d made lots of new mum friends in the area and somewhere along the line was introduced to forest schools! Initially it wasn’t something... Read More


Gardening with kids: How to create fun and educational wildlife habitats at home

Here at Spotty Otter, we’ve always believed that getting outside is the best way for kids to learn something new. Lisa Lyons, from home storage and garden accessories Plastic Box Shop, shows us how you can teach your little nature lovers about your local wildlife with some hands-on learning. Over the past couple of months, we’ve all been looking for new ways to keep the kids busy at home, particularly when it comes to educational activities. Turning your garden into your own personal nature reserve is a brilliant learning opportunity... Read More


Faffing in the Garden

The lovely Spotty Otter invited me to write a blog about how I was occupying myself and my daughter Verity (2) during these uncertain times of COVID -19. If you follow my Instagram already, you will know I’m a keen gardener and huge nature lover! Thankfully Verity is following in my wellies, so during lockdown we’ve embraced the slower pace and the opportunity to spend more time outside. Gardening is an activity that can be done anywhere, by anyone, that’s what is so lovely about it. It offers great learning... Read More