What is a forest kindergarten?

The idea of "a forest kindergarten" originated from a Danish mother's wishes regarding her children's upbringing: "I want my children to grow up freely and joyfully in harmony with nature. Stemming from this one mother's words, the concept of 'a forest kindergarten' spread rapidly in Germany; especially in the 1990s. A forest kindergarten has no building and no curriculum. Programs are conducted outdoors by grown-ups and instructors.

Cultivating the five "ki"s

"Suki (to be in favor of/to like)", "Yaruki (motivation)", "Sonoki (to be spontaneous)", "Honki (earnest/to endeavor )", and "Genki (energetic/cheerful)".

By exploring nature and playing out in the open, the children will be able to develop spontaneity, sensibility, and imagination. Under the theme of nourishing the five "ki", KKNS began conducting bimonthly 'forest kindergarten' events. KKNS 'forest kindergarten' and 'forest elementary school' accept kindergarteners (0-6years) and elementary school students (6-9years) of various ages.

Children can play with anything they find which interests them along the forest trail. There is basically nothing that is "prohibited" as long as the children's safety is not at risk. The children's spontaneity and creativity are respected. We also convey our vision of the forest kindergarten to the parents and try to integrate the parents into the events as well.

Diary of the forest kindergarten