What is Forest Kindergarten?


Schooling at a young age has developed in many different ways. In Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, parents can choose for their kids to be taught in forests. The way this works is through child care companies who take their students into the forest and help them learn normal kindergarten stuff immersed in nature. They chose to do this so the kids have more freedom and aren’t forced to sit inside all day. 

learning shapes and patterns with rocks

This process gives the children the ability to learn at their own pace and discover new things. Kids get to play and explore under supervision to push creativity and play with the outdoors and not manufactured toys. They have the chance to build structures, pretend they are explorers, climb trees, etc The lack of walls, ceilings, and manufactured toys allows children to use their imagination to play and create. 

The open environment reduces the amount of noise eliminating childhood stress that stems from loud classrooms. The lack of walls, ceilings, and manufactured toys allows children to use their imagination to play and create. Outdoor classrooms can improve children’s motor skills, they gain more experience of working on their own, they aren’t forced to work with others but encouraged. 

Kindergarten kids climbing a tree

The children, along with learning about nature, learn the normal kindergarten things like colors, shapes, time, and numbers but they are taught these same ideas through activities and are supposed to find naturally occurring items and figure out what they are with a little bit of help. The children learn through trial and error which strengthens their ability to assess risk. The children really have no limitations to what they can do unless it is dangerous. The kids can play with anything they find and if hurt they learn not to repeat. This type of learning is favored by parents wanting to build their children’s practical skills, they do not want to coddle their children but teach them they can take care of themselves with support. If children start at a young age enjoying and learning about nature they will most likely carry that on into their adult life, promoting health.