Welcome to Muddy Bugs Forest School

Muddy Bugs Forest School is fantastic opportunity for children from birth up to age 5, and their adults, to learn new skills and be out of doors.

Muddy Bugs Forest School is located within a private 50-acre site in Tilford.

Click here for the location map.

Our woodland stay-and-play sessions run from
9.30 to 11.30am on Mondays.

Click here to book & we’ll see you in the woods soon!

At Muddy Bugs Forest School we aim to use nature to make a positive change to everyone’s health and wellbeing.

The forest school experience perfectly promotes sensory child-led outdoor play, encouraging and stimulating curiosity, exploration, understanding and self-reflection – and this is true for children of all ages. We welcome children from birth up to age 5.

The great outdoors is an ideal learning environment for even tiny infants, as here all of their senses are engaged. Their physical development is advanced in response to the many different sources of stimuli. The environment motivates them to move their bodies in many different ways, encouraging them to learn to pull themselves up, to reach, to grasp, to sit, and also to walk. Being outside also supports children to use their hands, as natural physical support (e.g. sitting between logs) helps them to concentrate on other activities, rather than the sitting itself.

Babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children are offered many activities. For example, tool use, bug hunting, den building, mud painting, collecting and touching. Child-initiated activities are followed by the adults. The basics of building and tool use are introduced via the use of natural objects as building blocks and handling sticks. At the end of the session, we gather together to reflect on our time in the woods.

Please note that inside the woodland is not overly suitable for pushchairs. Pushchairs can be left on the grassy area by the cabin. The carpark is directly next to the site.

See you in the woods soon.