Under-fives from across Leicester have been out and about enjoying nature, in the first of a series of weekly Wild Tots sessions run by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.
The preschool aged club has been set up as part of the Trust’s Wild Forest School project, which received significant funding earlier this year thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Following demand for places, a second, monthly Wild Tots group is due to begin meeting at Belgrave Hall and Gardens later this month.
Children get to take part in a range of outdoor activities, from wildlife-themed games and minibeast hunting, to treasure trails and storytelling. The groups meet come rain or shine, with children encouraged to have fun whatever the weather.
Martha Rose, education officer at Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, commented: “In urban areas like Leicester, there aren’t many opportunities for children to find some green space and really enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to generous funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Wild Tots sessions now allow us to help little ones have fun exploring the world around them and teach them the joys of nature from an early age.”
As part of the Forest School programme, the Trust is also working with 10 schools across the city. The Wild Forest School and Wild Tots sessions are designed to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation, while building communication skills and confidence.