Today the children needed to create a safe Tool working environment.
They gathered sticks and slices of tree stumps.
This is a safe Tool working area, also known as a blood bubble. No one must enter the circle when the person in the circle is using a tool.
They gathered leaves, got a piece of bunting and very carefully had to use the hammer to tap the area of the bunting with the leaf underneath it
The Chlorophyll in the leaves comes through the bunting when hit with a hammer creating a beautiful leaf print.
It was quite tricky, we did get tired arms but the children were so happy with the end result.
It also left left a lovely pattern on the slice of tree stump.
The children thought they sounded like Wood Peckers tapping.
The children thought the leaf patterns looked like mini trees.
This one looked a bit like a Christmas tree.
Next we went on a hunt for an Elder tree.
We had to look at the shape of the leaves.
The children used their leaf dials and compared leaves from different trees.
They found the Elder. We coppiced the Elder and I cut the branch into small pieces.
The children had to use a tent peg and carefully push out the soft centre of the Elder.
The children knew the safest way to push out the middle of the Elder was to push the tent peg down towards the tree slice.
Next the children needed to peel off the bark leaving a nice white bead.
When they had peeled the Elder beads they needed to thread them onto some string to make it into a necklace.
Pushing the string through the Elder bead was a bit fiddly.
The children loved their Elder bead necklaces.
When we went back into class the Forest School children showed their friends what they had made and told them how they'd enjoyed their sessions.