The session began with a recap of Forest School rules. The children were then asked if they knew of any natural materials that could be used to make woodland art pictures, instead of using the normal paint and brushes they use in school. The group were able to think of mud and blackberries as paint and using sticks instead of brushes.
We then showed the children different materials such as moss, lichens, Elderberries and fungi for paint and using grasses instead of paint brushes. The group were reminded about not putting things in their mouths or rubbing their eyes. Hand washing facilities were provided for the children.
The children were then sent to find such items in their pots to use in their art work. Blackberries were a great success, the children also commented on how the items smelt. Some of the children found most of the things on their own, only needing help with items such as Elderberries and lichen. One child even though of using leaves to paint with, while another remembered using leaves to print with.
It was a delightful afternoon, which was obvious by the way the children were so engrossed in what they were doing.
Some children worked on their own, while others worked in groups to produce amazing results. All the children really proud of their work.