Lewisham and Greenwich Woodchips


At Woodchips we play games, tell stories, sing songs and make things, and in warmer weather we go camping. So much like any other toddler groups you may think… What’s the difference?

Introducing Woodcraft Folk values
We try to choose activities that help our youngest members begin to absorb some of the ethos of the Woodcraft Folk – equality, cooperation, peace and friendship.

Parents join in too
Because we encourage parents and carers to get involved, rather than using Woodchips as a drop-off playgroup, there are usually more men involved than in traditional playgroup settings. Parents help out on a rota basis and are encouraged along with their children to get involved in planning our activities.

Everybody’s equal
We encourage the children to play and learn collectively – this is one place where they don’t have to be the best, the fastest or the smartest. Every child is valued equally and this helps the children learn to practice fairness themselves.

What do we do?

These are the kinds of things Woodchips get up to from week to week:
• planting bulbs or seeds
• making lanterns
• making bread
• singing songs and playing instruments, maybe ones they’ve made
• going for walks, perhaps at night to see how different the world feels in the dark
• learning about flowers and insects
• painting and pottery, mask-making etc

Woodcraft Folk is a registered charity in England and Wales Number 1148195

Other Information

You are welcome to come along to some taster sessions before deciding whether you wish your family to join.

Our next meetings are:

Sadly Woodchip sessions are currently on hold because we do not have enough volunteers or families who have signed up to run parts of the session. Volunteers are needed to run the craft, games or leading the songs. If you are interested in joining and helping to run the session please email us, once we have enough interested families we will look to re-start the sessions.

There is a £3 charge for the taster sessions. If you enjoy it and wish to join you will need to register as Woodcraft Folk members which can be done easily online.

For more details, email the team here or visit their website.

Details are subject to change so please make sure you check with the company before using their services. Thanks!