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  Hermitage of Braid Nature Reserve, Edinburgh

1st August– 8th August 2013

Bushcraft and Nature activities for children from 5-10 years


Morning sessions for children aged 5-7 years. Afternoon sessions for children aged 7-10 years.


August 1st  and 2nd

Den building and bows and arrows- are you the next Robin Hood?


August 3rd and 4th          

Rope skills- swings, obstacle courses and more.


August 5th and 6th

Art in nature- can you make a masterpiece out of items you have found in the forest?


August 7th and 8th

Forest Magic- elves fairies and pixies- do they really exist? How can we help look after the forest?

Minibeasts- what can we find living underneath our feet?




The magical world of fairies, elves and pixies…

When a boy in one of my older workshops brought an idea to me of making a fairy Pavillion I was a little sceptical inside…. I love magic and I knew he did too however part of me wondered what the other children  would make of the idea of building a home for fairies. Most of the boys in my group are more keen on bows and arrows and catapults.

I  tried the idea of fairy tributes with my younger group (P1-P3). I sat them down and told them a story about the fairies who looked after the forest and helped things grow.I created a fairy tribute circle which we all sat around.

I asked the children how we could thank the fairies and immediately all hands went up. The children were prepared! They were ready to build houses for them to live in….

They were all going to join in to make bridges across the trees to make tree walkways for the fairies. This was a big project requiring team effort by all.

This enthusiasm gave me confidence to make the fairy Pavillion with my older group.

A friend who works for another conservation organisation  came to visit  my workshop.

As I feared immediately all the children said they didn’t believe in fairies but as soon as we started building, they became totally absorbed. They collected flowers, they discussed decoration. They even discussed toilet facilities for the fairies and whether they should dig a hole! It was a fantastic  learning experience for me.

They may be my older group…..but whatever your age, you are never too old to believe in fairies…..