Fun, adventure & learning in the woods…
Join the Wild Tots, a weekly outdoor toddler & pre-school group for ages 0-5 based at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Near Exeter. Your toddler or pre school child can play, explore and get muddy as we take part in exciting woodland themed adventures, have fun and get closer to nature. There will be a different Forest School activity each week as well as a variety of activities such as den building, campfire cooking, minibeast safaris, storytelling, woodland games and much more.
We are in the woods come rain or shine and can promise you a toddler group with a difference, where your child has the freedom to explore nature, learn new things and foster a lifelong love of the great outdoors while you get the chance for some great outdoor time with your toddler as well as a cuppa round the campfire and a chat with like minded mums and dads!
What will we do…
Sessions will vary depending on the weather, the time of year and the wishes of the children; but to give you an idea a typical session might look something like this:
It’s a short walk from the parking area to our camp, where your toddlers can explore the woods, help collect sticks for our campfire, take part in one of our Forest School activities, playing hide and seek, build dens or get stuck into a craft activity. There’s a mud kitchen where we create our wonderful mud pies and more! No problem if it’s raining – our camp has a large covered area around the campfire. We know how to keep this age group interested, so the activities are quite short and we vary them each week.
Each term is different too and we plan our activities according to the seasons and what is happening in the woods at that time. Our weekly cook-ups are very popular and with a different healthy snack each session, from apple pancakes to choccy bananas, they are often keen to try things that they may not usually like! There’s always time for hot chocolate and tea/coffee for the adults, followed by story time or a song to end the session. Please note: one or both parents (or carers/grandparents) are welcome and can swap or take turns to attend but at least one parent/carer must stay for the duration of the session. Babies in slings are welcome or you can bring a buggy, as it’s easy access to camp.
A Touch of the Wild was established in 2005 by Hannah Standen – a qualified Teacher and Forest School leader with vast experience in outdoor learning. A Touch of the Wild aims to inspire a life-long love of nature using Forest School principles and offers a unique opportunity to experience the natural world through a variety of activities for kids and adults alike.
A wealth of Forest School experience…
The staff members who help Hannah run the various A Touch of the Wild activities are qualified Forest School Leaders (or equivalent) and each have a vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna that inhabit the forest, as well as Greenwood work, Bushcraft, wild food and environmental arts and crafts. Their knowledge and enthusiasm feeds into all our work with children, young people and adults.
0-5 years old (Wild Tots)
Other activities for 0-13 years
Forest school / toddler group / birthday parties / holiday club
Session times and addresses:
Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Ashcombe, Exeter, Devon EX7 0QE (nearest postcode).
£37.50 / £75 per 5/10 week term – per 1st child booked. 10% discount for Little Devon readers. Please quote ‘LITTLEDEVON10’ at booking.
30% sibling discount available – each sibling accompanying a full cost child receives a 30% discount. Siblings aged under 1 year are free of charge with an older sibling.
Taster sessions: Depending on bookings we may offer Taster Sessions at £7.50 per session/child. Please enquire directly for details.
How to book:
Contact A touch of the Wild via email or book online through their website.
Parking: Yes and free.
Public transport: Not available
Food and drink: Hot drinks available free of charge
Buggy friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes (basic)
Baby changing: No