Children explore magical new land

Kayden Gee, Nancy Quaile and Amelia Hadcock with teaching assistant Heather Fletcher.
Kayden Gee, Nancy Quaile and Amelia Hadcock with teaching assistant Heather Fletcher.
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A strange doorway to a mysterious fairy land has been found in a primary school’s newly developed outdoors area.

It was spotted in a tree by youngsters from Blackpool’s Stanley Kittens Nursery during a forestry workshop at Mereside Primary School, which recently spent £25,000 giving its outdoors area a revamp.

Harley Pirie and Jack Kusz with nursery teacher Louise Brown.

Harley Pirie and Jack Kusz with nursery teacher Louise Brown.

The 19 children also saw furniture they believe may have been abandoned by fairies, and forged magic wands from twigs to see if they could make their own woodland creations come to life.

Nursery teacher and early years lead Louise Brown, 43, said: “It was really good. The children made bird feeders using pine cones and the bird feed to put in them.

“The nursery children went out on a bug hunt for mini beasts and made a bug hotel using pallets and twigs they had been out to find.

“They absolutely loved it.”

It was really good. The children made bird feeders using pine cones and the bird feed to put in them.

As well as being an enjoyable afternoon in the autumn sunshine, the forestry workshop also had key developmental benefits, Louise added.

She said: “It increases creativity in children and gets them to work together and develops their social skills.

“It encourages them to look at the world around them and how they can use natural materials to make things.”

Forestry workshop and bug hunt at Mereside Primary School

Forestry workshop and bug hunt at Mereside Primary School

Lilly-Lou Raynor, Mia Yates and Cora Chadwick from Stanley Kittens

Lilly-Lou Raynor, Mia Yates and Cora Chadwick from Stanley Kittens