The Toddlers at Oakwood House have enjoyed taking part in some environmental forest art. They collected leaves and berries and put their findings on a piece of fabric. They then used a mallet to bring the natural materials print into the fabric. This activity was great for developing their communication and language skills by widening their vocabulary and listening and responding to instructions. It provided an opportunity for physical development as well as enabling the children to use their imagination by exploring different natural materials and tools.
We have displayed these works of art on our Forest School display in toddlers as bunting.
This is a great activity to try at home and can be enjoyed by very young children and adults! Why not try creating an original environmental artwork by bashing petals and leaves onto cloth.
Cotton cloth cut into pieces (old sheets or pillow cases work well)
A mallet or log
Freshly picked leaves, berries and petals
Place the petals and leaves onto the cloth fold over and carefully bash them with the mallet. You will see the art appear before your eyes!