Foundation Stage Sessions

Come and explore the outdoors with Blackburn the Bear and all his friends

Foundation Stage

The activities are focused around the seasons and can be adapted to fit in with topics you are doing in your setting. Depending on the time of the year, we can include bug hunting, environmental art, making bird feeders, pond dipping, teddy bear picnics, planting bulbs plus much, much more.

“Nursery is often a difficult age group, with the abilities varying widely, but the session was pitched well and the delivery was excellent. Thank you.” Katie Armitage, Ballifield Nursery and Primary

Foundation Stage Activities 

It’s Great Outdoors in the WINTER: Wrap up warm and brave the cold outside. See how things change, the branches are bare and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Most of the animals are all hibernating away keeping warm. The air is crisp and the ground feels crunchy. There is a cold breeze in the air, or even a flutter of snow.

It’s Great Outdoors in the SPRING: See the difference as everything outside comes to life. Look out for the animals as they wake up from their long winter sleep, see the new buds and leaves start to grow on the trees. If you are lucky, you might even be able to watch new life developing with tadpoles, ducklings, bird’s nests and caterpillars.

It’s Great Outdoors in the SUMMER: Cover up with sunhats and sun cream and get outside because summer is a time for lots more fun, on picnics or following butterflies. Everywhere is bright and colourful. The trees and plants are in full bloom. Search for minibeasts and signs of other animals that live outdoors.

It’s Great Outdoors in the AUTUMN: Get your boots on and go splashing in the puddles and crunching on autumn leaves. See how the colours have changed and get creative making collages and pictures. Blackburn the Bear will help you to collect seeds and leaves and explore this special time of the year.

Forest Skill Activities: Forest Skills aims to encourage and inspire children of any age to learn about the natural environment through positive outdoor experiences and play. These are usually longer-term programmes of activity (at least 6 weeks) – please contact us to discuss how this could work in your setting.

Staff development: We can also arrange staff training sessions at your setting to get the most out of your outdoor environment. To discuss training opportunities please contact the Education team on 0114 2634335 or   


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