Exploring Nature’s Classroom

The Benefits of Forest School for Preschoolers

In an age where technology dominates many aspects of our lives, the concept of Forest School offers
a breath of fresh air, literally. Inspirations Forest School for preschoolers is a unique and innovative
educational approach that takes learning beyond the walls of a traditional nursery and into the heart
of nature. In this blog, we’ll explore what Forest School is, its benefits for preschool children, and
why it’s gaining popularity around the world.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an educational approach that originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s and has been
steadily gaining traction worldwide. The primary goal of Forest School is to foster a deep connection
between children and nature, instilling in them a sense of curiosity, respect, and love for the
environment. Unlike traditional schools and nurseries, Forest School takes place outdoors, often in
forests, woodlands, or natural settings.

Nature Connection: One of the most significant benefits of Forest School is the profound connection
children develop with the natural world. Preschoolers are encouraged to explore, observe, and
interact with the environment, which helps them develop a sense of wonder and respect for the
Physical Health: Spending time outdoors in a natural setting encourages physical activity.
Preschoolers can run, jump, climb, and engage in other physical activities that promote motor skills
development, strength, and coordination. They experience whole body learning, building neuron
pathways through whole body connections.
Emotional Well-being: Nature has a calming and soothing effect on children. Forest School activities
often include mindfulness and relaxation exercises that help children manage stress and anxiety. The
outdoors also provides a space for emotional expression and self-regulation.
Social Skills: Interacting with peers in a natural environment promotes teamwork, cooperation, and
social skills. Children learn to communicate, share, and problem-solve while engaging in nature-
based activities.

Cognitive Development: Forest School promotes hands-on learning, sparking children's curiosity and
critical thinking skills. They observe plants and animals, explore scientific concepts, and develop a
better understanding of the world around them.
Creativity and Imagination: The natural world serves as a limitless source of inspiration for creativity
and imagination. Children can build forts, create nature-based art, and invent their games, fostering
their creativity.
Environmental benefits: Forest School encourages a sense of responsibility and respect for the
environment. Children learn about conservation, sustainability, and the importance of protecting the
natural world for future generations.
Independence and Resilience: Forest School promotes self-reliance as children learn to make
decisions and solve problems in an outdoor setting. They also develop resilience by facing and
overcoming challenges that nature presents.

Sensory Development: Nature provides a rich sensory experience. Preschoolers engage their senses
by touching leaves, listening to bird songs, and smelling flowers. These experiences enhance sensory
Long-lasting Memories: The memories created in a natural environment often become cherished
childhood memories. These positive experiences can influence a child’s relationship with nature
throughout their life.

Inspirations nurseries believe that Forest School for preschoolers is more than just an educational
approach; it’s a transformative experience that fosters a deep and lasting connection between
children and the natural world. By providing a holistic and hands-on learning environment, Forest
School helps preschoolers develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. The benefits
are numerous, and the memories created in these natural classrooms can shape a child’s lifelong
relationship with the environment. Forest School is an inspiring way to give children a meaningful
start on their journey of learning and environmental awareness along with our Reggio Emilia inspired
learning approach within our nursery settings.

Deborah and Becky
Adel Inspirations