Saplings: A Parent & Toddler Nature Group in St Andrew’s Park

Along with the arrival of some Spring sunshine comes a new term of ‘Saplings‘, a weekly parent and toddler nature group for young children in St Andrew’s Park.

The Saplings Project is run by The Outdoors Project and is inspired by the forest school ethos and principles. All activities are nature based with a different theme each week, all with the intention of helping young children to learn more about the Great Outdoors.

Saplings sessions are run by qualified outdoor leaders who are also first aid trained and DBS checked. There will be bug hunts, outdoor art, stories, games and many more fun outdoor activities planned in future sessions of The Saplings Project over the coming weeks!

The first trial session of The Saplings Project this week was a great success. The theme of the week was Garden Birds and children spent the session enjoying all kinds of bird-related activities!

Activities included a little hunt around the park for little furry birds hidden in the trees and bushes. Children discovered robins, black birds, blue tits and more and were especially delighted to discover that each bird would sing when gently squeezed!

Children also learned about different birds and the different bird songs and looked at different feathers, matching different colours with feathers. There was another nature hunt, this time for pine cones so that children could then make their very own pine cone bird feeders.

Children loved doing this and thoroughly enjoyed mixing their little birds of lard and bird seed with sticks and then pasting the mixture on their pine cones.



There is a choice of two sessions of Saplings every Thursday in term-time 10 – 11.15am or 1.15 – 2.30pm. Sessions will be held in rain or shine!

If you would like to book a place for your child please contact Rowan Hibbett on 07722 996 025 or email

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