Enjoy taking the children out in the garden or to your local park, and explore different textures from the things around you - bark is a great example.
You will need:
- Paper (not too thick as it will not take on the pattern)
- Wax crayons
- Paint for finger printing
- Encourage the children to explore the texture of trees in a chosen area, looking at the bark and talk about how it feels, using new words to encourage their literacy skills.
- Taking the paper, encourage the children to hold this to the bark whilst the crayon is rubbed over the paper to make a pattern.
- Encourage the children to hold the paper themselves with one hand whilst rubbing the crayon over the bark with the other.
- Using the paints, allow the children to explore the world of mini-beasts either with the use of reference books or the laptop and encourage finger printing onto their bark rubbings to make their own mini-beast woodland.