It’s fascinating watching how even the quietest child can come alive in the woods.. There is something magical about the effect that the forest has on a child’s mind and mood – transporting them out of the everyday, into a world where they and their imagination can run free. Give a child the opportunity to create in a natural environment and they will take you places we adults can hardly fathom.
On one of our summer Bushcraft Adventure Days, I watched while ‘Ben’, age 6, decided to leave the group activity and edged off to find his own adventure. He carefully started to build something out of various bits of woods, leaves and moss. He seemed happy so I left him to it! After about 45 minutes,curiosity overcame me and I decided to go and have a look at what he was up to… ‘Ben’ had found and made a friend – Sligo the Slug. Sligo needed somewhere safe to live in the forest so ‘Ben’ had decided to combine his architectural and building talents to create the most amazing bug hotel! Sligo was firmly ensconced in the Penthouse Suite.
When we returned to camp the next day – ‘Ben’ was a little disappointed to see that his friend had departed for a new adventure but pointed out that the bug hotel was now available to any creature that needed a home for the night!
“Children see magic because they look for it.”
― Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal