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Leaf and Flower Pounding

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Children can collect flowers and leaves to pound to make colourful prints.

Materials Needed:

  • White fabric (these can be pre cut into different shapes etc). 
  • Wooden board
  • Old newspaper
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Flowers and leaves

What to do:

  • Get children to collect different flowers, leaves and grasses etc. 
  • Lay down a wooden board and place a sheet of newspaper on top.
  • Arrange the flowers and leaves collected on the newspaper. 
  • Cover the arrangement with white fabric.
  • Use the hammer to pound the fabric (Observe what happens as you pound the different areas of the fabric).
  • Remove the fabric and brush off remaining pieces of flowers and leaves.
  • Let the fabric dry.

Hints and Tips:

  • Use muslin cloth
  • Try leaf and flower pounding on white paper
  • A plastic hammer can be used for younger children
  • Display these leaf and flower prints around the room
  • Use paper towel instead of white fabric
  • Use the same technique to create cloth bags, t shirts for mothers day

Reference: 
Spring Banner from Leaf and Flower Prints, Buggy and Buggy 

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    established hand preference
    manipulates small objects
    holds object between thumb and first two fingers

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft, Science and Nature
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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