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Natural painting

Year1 had their last session in the woods on Monday of this week. As always, they listened, worked well, helped each other and achieved their task brilliantly.

Our main task this week was painting. However, there are no paints and no brushes in the woods. What to do? Well, we made our own. Matthew demonstrated how we could grind up charcoal to make black, how we could use mud to make brown and asked the group for their ideas. After a short discussion, we decided we could try and make green and red at least. We went for a walk to collect leaves and grasses and Mrs Pearcey discovered we may be able to make yellow from buttercups, so we got loads of those too.

Back at camp, we ground, pummelled, scraped and hit our plants to extract some colour. After dinner, Matthew demonstrated how to make a ‘paintbrush’ from a Willow branch, everyone had a go and we got painting. The children had made their own holes through the wood pieces,and once they were painted, Maria put some brown leather cord through. They looked fantastic!
After a few games of Eagle Eye and some archery using Matthews new arrows, it was time for home. 
Year 1, you have been amazing over the last few weeks.