by Sue Curnock
Nature Tots Officer
Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Nature Tots groups of outdoor family fun, building confidence and a love of the natural world in children aged 3-5, are back for November and December.
Sessions are themed around the changing seasons and this winter we will be building dens, making snowy paw print tracks, leaping over leaf mountains, creating tree decorations from natural materials and warming up with mugs of hot chocolate.
The children will explore the woodland, meadows and hedgerows with stories, games and woodcraft activities. From making mud monsters to whittling a toasting fork; there is something for everyone. They will find out all about their local wildlife and how to care for it with hands-on activities such as bug hunting and making bird feeders or winter homes for insects.
Achievable tasks are designed to build self-esteem, develop social skills and physical coordination through successfully completing new challenges. Under close supervision by qualified Forest School staff the children learn to clamber over fallen trees or use traditional woodworking tools such as bow saws and drills to make their own wooden spinner or medallion.
Nature Tots parent and child groups are running in beautiful countryside settings across Sussex: Chesworth Farm, Horsham; Seven Sisters Country Park, Eastbourne; Stanmer Park, Brighton; Tilgate Park, Crawley; Woods Mill nature reserve, Henfield; and our newest group at Standgrove Woods, Ardingly.
So why not give it a go? Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. For further information and online booking please visit: sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/naturetots