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On Tuesday The Mayfly (our mobile studio) returned to Buck Wood, dressed in her brightest colours. The fabulous bunting the children from Idle School made last week looks spectacular under the leafy green canopy.

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Children from Year 1 and Year 2 were on the site of the old Open Air School all day long, with artists Angie and Viv and lots of helpers. We looked all around where the school used to be, and found more pieces of old plates, medicine bottles and inkwells! Next we went on a tour through the wood, looking at all the wonderful trees, and how their leaves are so many different shapes.

The children very carefully collected a few samples of leaves from each kind of tree to take back to our base. We found Oak, Beech, Holly, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Silver Birch, Ash, Rowan and Sycamore, plus the shiny green ivy that grows all around.

The children know that paper is made from trees, and so if we recycle paper we are helping to save trees from being used up too quickly. The paper that Viv and Angie gave the children to use for their artwork was all collected from old envelopes.

We used the paper from the inside of the envelopes – there are Manila ones and dark blue ones and most of all, pale blue ones with loads of different small patterns. All the children enjoyed looking carefully at the leaf shapes and then drawing them using Oil Pastels. Angie and Viv think the leaf artworks are excellent and they are going to make them into a big book.

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