Making tipees is a fantastic skill that encourages to children to understand strong structure. Working out how best to interlock the branches, gives stability and coverage to the outer walls of the tipee. As the children become master builders, they can develop those skills to work on a much larger scale.
Today children were given access to a variety of materials to enhance their builds, this inspired some interesting ideas as you can see. Giving children ‘free’ Forest school sessions like this helps them to develop their problem-solving skills and to experiment; they can work imaginatively and without too many constraints, enabling them to increase in self-confidence and resilience.
By observing the children as they work, we can then ensure future activities are led by the children’s interests and learning styles, all whilst enjoying the great outdoors.