Earlier in the week we had a play session in the Wood, we were blessed with glorious weather and had a lovely day.
Lots of hot drinks brewed on the fire
I showed everybody how to make fire with a fire steel and char cloth
and then every one tried to light a fire of their own without using matches.
Everyone managed it without using matches and they were all very pleased with themselves - as they should be - it is not as easy as it looks!
We had lunch and hot chocolate and then I then showed them all how to make char cloth in the hot embers of the fire, using a lidded can, with a hole in the lid (very important!) and cotton rags. Char cloth is useful as it is really easy to get an ember going when you strike a spark onto it. You can make charcoal sticks for drawing in the same way
The children ran around and played lots of hide and seek games and built a den and gathered firewood and enjoyed themselves - no mobiles or games consoles in sight!
The adults sat around the fire and chatted and listened to bird song.
Everyone had a great time :)