Forest School How-to guide
“Oh no, you are not going to post about that!!!?”
When taking young children into the forest for longer periods of time, at some point, someone is going to have to poo, when you aren’t anywhere near a bathroom.
Honestly, hearing about forest kindergartens or forest schools, pooping in the forest was my very first big question…. I can’t be the only one!
1. Everyone must go to the bathroom before we leave, whether or not you need to.
2. I aim for about 2 hours of forest play, before we head back in for bathrooms.
But inevitably someone will have to poop 10 minutes into your forest playtime. So what are you to do?
3. Take the unfortunate child to as private a spot as possible… with the baby… So semi-private. As far from the trail as you can, for etiquette’s sake.
4. Either find a good log for them to hang over, like a toilet. But some kids hate sitting on a log because it might be wet, rough or cold,
Spend a few minutes practicing a solid squat… you do not want to be using leaves to wipe up legs and pants because they fell over or got it everywhere. Enough said? I think so.
5. We use leaves to wipe… but feel free to use Kleenex… but be kind and take the tissues with you.
6. Some people bring a trowel and dig a hole, and cover it with dirt, because it may attract animals.
When we are hiking in forested, but mainly urban areas, I have them “go” close to a log or rock. Sometimes urgency also dictates whether or not we have time to dig a hole.
6. Then put rocks or logs or leaves over and around it, so no one accidentally steps in it before it has a chance to decompose.
Parents, have courage. Taking your kids into nature is worth the trouble of dealing with the occasional poop outside!