Today was the children's last session at Forest School and they had been asking if we could have a fire.
We played a game before we lit the fire where the children had to swop seats with someone sitting opposite them.
They had to remember to stand up and walk behind the seats, never across the fire circle.
Some of the children tried to get a spark using the flint and steel.
The children all took turns sharing 'something they had learnt at Forest School'.
At the beginning of the session the children collected tinder for the fire, then they collected twigs and logs.
We talked about what we needed to have close by before we lit the fire e.g Water, sand, first aid kit, fire blanket.
If the smoke got in the children's faces they knew to stand up and walk behind the seats to sit in a different seat.
The smoke does get into your eyes sometimes when you are cooking on a fire.
The children all took turns cooking the popcorn.
Flint and steel practice.
Perfectly cooked popcorn.
We put the popcorn into bowls.
The children waited very patiently to try the popcorn.
The children tried really hard to get a spark.
My very helpful helpers handed out the popcorn to their friends.
The popcorn was a big hit.
"Who would like to roast marshmallows on the fire?"
In small groups the children roasted their marshmallows.
The children had to count out loud up to 20 before they could eat their marshmallows, to allow them to cool down.
The children had the opportunity to make spider or pumpkin necklaces out of wood slices.
The children always find time for tree climbing.
The Halloween necklaces were very popular.
The children were excited to show me their necklaces.
"Look we have made a see-saw".
The boys Spider and pumpkin necklaces.
"We have had so much fun and Forest School".
When the fire was heating up, there were some activities available for the children. This was a Halloween nature trail.