Discover and Explore: Arranging a forest

Behind our classroom is a forest. Well, not exactly a forest, it is actually a small set of woods but when you are two, three, or even four years old, it can seem like a forest. Today our Explore and Discover theme is the forest and soon, my preschool class will be exploring our forest but for this post, I am sharing a simple idea my grandson and I came up with to explore our woods and to give grandma something to decorate the table…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

We began by going for a walk and collecting a few samples from our forest.  Although it isn’t fall yet, today felt like a beautiful fall day and it was the perfect day to get outdoors and explore…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

We collected rocks, one leaf, a few flowers, and some pine needles and put them all in a basket to bring back with us to the classroom…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

Once we had our forest collection all spread out so we could see what all we had collected, I gave my grandson a ball of play dough to use as our base for arranging our forest in a small pie tin…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

After he played with the play dough for a bit (making snakes and cows) he decided it was okay that we put the ball of play dough into the pie tin and flatten it out and then we began by poking our collections into the play dough so they would stand up…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

We continued to arrange our forest collection into the pan until all the plants were standing up and then my grandson piled his rocks all around the edges of the pie tin…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

Together we arranged our forest and it looked absolutely lovely on my table…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

And just as quickly as we put the forest together, my grandson decided it was now time to take it all apart…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

So in the end, I at least got some beautiful photos of our forest arrangement and my grandson enjoyed the experience of poking plants in and out of the play dough and we both enjoyed just spending a beautiful afternoon together…

Arranging a Forest by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-09-04T06:00:44+00:00September 4th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Sarah September 4, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    This is such a cool idea for sensory play and nature! If you have a moment I would love for you to share it at my sensory play party open today!

  2. Lori September 4, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Oh goodness, I love this idea! I know the children will also.

  3. Wendy September 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I know exactly what you mean about a forest. Our summer play space included a corner about five feet by two feet with shrubby trees that grew “bird berries”. The preschoolers dubbed it “the forest” and played in it all summer. They scared away the bears, used it as a house, and had many other adventures in a small space.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 5, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

      I love that Wendy!

  4. Stephanie September 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Love this, Deborah! Such a simple and beautiful idea for exploring the forest with little ones!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 5, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

      Thank you Stephanie:)

  5. Chelsey @buggy and buddy September 5, 2013 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Just beautiful! I loved watching how your grandson explore the materials. Inspired to try this with my little ones!

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