a few readers asked me to write about “what is forest kindergarten?” and about “forest kindergarten equipment”. well, actually i didn’t want to write about it now. first, because we are “the new ones” in forest kindergarten and i think it takes a while to come out with founded information about it and also a reflected feedback of what we treasure most about it and of what we see a bit critical. and second, i thought it would make more sense to write about forest kindergarten equipment in the winter or next spring, after we actually tested our clothes in the colder ‘minus degree’ and in the wettest season.but since some of you are looking for some information now, in the fall, i’ll give you sort of an overlook with this post of what forest kindergarten is and how forest kindergarten life looks like in our case.there will be a second post coming soon about our personal equipment and their sources.
what is forest kindergarten?
a few nights ago we were looking at eric carle’s illustrations and i was reading ‘brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?’. a favourite book of them we were reading to them when they were still babies.it even travelled to patagonia with us.and because colours and re-telling stories are really big over here, yesterday morning after breakfast one of the girls was re-reading and telling the story again.the golden fish, maybe because of its unique colour, was fascinating and her favourite.it was a foggy rainy springmorning that was fantastic for a little craft project.so i suggested we could make a golden fish just like in the book.and the girls were all on fire.
‘let them be little’ or ‘wild and free’ have been “the” words or hashtags in the last couple of months or years used from a lot of young mothers.and i have been using them as well.they speak of freedom, a desire.they address a childhood we dearly want our kids to live and experience.for some of us, those words or sentences speak of a childhood we were never allowed to enter and for some of us, they speak of a childhood we enjoyed so much and still live/eat off it.