In Forest School sessions the leaders always try to link the children’s outdoor learning to their learning in class. This half term Reception Class have been learning about Africa, using their class book ‘Handa’s Hen’ as a hook into their topics. In Forest School last wee the children looked at African trees and did some still life drawings of our British trees, leaves and flowers and compared them to those in Africa.
This week, following on from that, the children collected some natural grasses, leaves, sticks and stones and used them to create their own African Batiks. They used candles to draw some repeating patterns and simple shapes, then used their natural materials to create a pattern on the fabric. They then sprayed the fabric and leaves, flowers and stones, with dye. Take a look at the process they went through and see what beautiful African batiks they made!