It’s their art: Autumn

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By Michelle Powellfreelance writer

Invite children to explore autumn using wood, wool and fabric in this new creative series

Scarecrow craft

The aim of this new series is to give children the flexibility in order to be more expressive and creative with their art and craft projects. Throughout each article, children will be introduced to three familiar materials and challenged to use them creatively, in any way they like but within a given theme. A step-by-step mini project (this month: a cute scarecrow!) will also be provided that will make a fun plenary, follow-up lesson or after-school activity.

This month’s theme is ‘Autumn’ and the three given materials are: wood, (specifically, a disposable wooden teaspoon and a lollipop stick or coffee stirrer); fabric (scraps from old clothing, sacking, tea towels, and so on) and wool (especially any that has been previously knitted into a jumper or used). Choosing three previously used materials fits in perfectly with themes of recycling and biodegradability, while the theme of autumn provides a wonderful opportunity to explore how the seasons change and the effects of passing time.

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