Mini Rangers & Forest Skills – Guest Review

Toddler & Preschool sessions

2019 is here and its time to blow off the cobwebs! Its also the last few months I have with Amelia at home before she goes off to school in September (how did that happen?) so I decided we need to have as much fun and adventures as possible over the next few months!

We’re a big fan of Avon Valleys mini rangers sessions and attended regularly last year. This year they have had a make over and have also introduced forest skills!

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Forest skills:

Wednesdays & Thursdays 11am

We attended our first forest skills session today, It was a pretty chilly morning so we wrapped up warm, jumped in the car and headed to Avon Valley. We got there for opening time so went to visit the new born lambs before heading to the sandpit at 11am to meet the rangers and the other children.

Each child is given a special Avon Valley jacket to wear and once everyone was ready we headed to the nature garden. This week’s theme was hedgehogs and snails.

The session started with a little introduction and the children (and me) learned some facts about snails and hedgehogs! Did you know hedgehogs like to eat mice, frogs and even snakes! And snails don’t have a backbone!?

After exploring the nature garden we headed into one of the class rooms.. the task? To make snails and hedgehogs out of clay, Rebecca and Henry were great and showed all the children how to make the body shapes and were to stick they eyes. When all the children had finished making their animals they were put into bags to take home.

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Mini rangers:

Tuesdays & Fridays 11am

A firm favourite for Amelia! As I’ve said this became a regular thing for us last year and I’m so glad they are back for 2019!

Each week sees the children meet, handle and even feed a different animal!

We met the ranger and other children by the sandpit popped on her Avon Valley jacket and all headed for the animal barn. When the ranger mentioned that this week it would be reptile handling I knew we were onto a winner with Amelia!

All the kids sat down and had a chance to hold Monty the python. In typical Amelia fashion she showed zero fear or hesitation and popped the snake straight onto her lap. After a good hold she snuck her self further down the line so she could have another turn. She thought Monty was amazing!

Next the kids were given a bucket of tortoise feed and we headed round to meet four lovely tortoises and everyone was given a chance to touch and feed them. “Mum this is the bestest day”

Lastly we headed back into the barn and the kids had the chance to touch some land snails. Amelia has a thing about having stuff on her hands so I thought there no chance she would touch the snail but after watching the ranger get his hand wet and touch the snails she also had a good go and had a million questions! “Why’s is slimy, where’s their eyes, how do they move etc”

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Each session finishes with squash and biscuits for the children and hot drink for the adults (YAY!)

The sessions last around a hour and Amelia absolutely loves them can’t wait to go back again next week!

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Off peak pricing:
Adult: £6.00
Child (2-16) £6.50
Toddler £3.00
Babes in arms FREE

4 thoughts on “Mini Rangers & Forest Skills – Guest Review”

  1. Lisa thomas says:

    Hi, my son is 2 and he would absolutely love the new forest skilks and mini rangers sessions, do you need to book or just come along on the day?

    1. Kim Pounsberry says:

      Hello Lisa, you can just come along on the day. We will be running these sessions every Tuesday to Friday in term time. See you there!

  2. Bev Walker says:

    Looks like a fun, hands on activity… I’m sure all the kids enjoy it! 🐢🐌🐍

  3. Louise says:

    We came across the forest skills session when we came to celebrate our little boys first birthday and he loved making his own bird feeder. Thank you, we will be back!

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