CHILDREN from a nursery school in Worlington have been getting in touch with nature – nettles and all.
Firm Foundations Nursery has been running forest days to introduce children to the great outdoors and teach them about their environment.
The children spend every Tuesday playing outside, regardless of the weather.
Barbera Smith, owner of the nursery, said: “If they are inside they may play with a doll, there’s only so much you can do with a doll, but outside you can have a stick – it can be a lead for a dog, a sword, a digging tool or an arrow.”
The children are given time to explore their surroundings and ask questions about the things they find, which often become the subject of the next week’s activities.
They also spend time learning about plants and basic gardening.
Recently, they have been planting 100 small saplings donated by the Royal Horticultural Society and pruning with them with secateurs.
Barbera said: “We are there watching but they choose to handle them safely and they learn the thicker branches are more difficult to cut so will go for the smaller ones.”