HOW TO MAKE – CHARCOAL PAINT

We are very lucky to have some very hands on and enthusiastic friends at our Forest School. One of these lovely parents came along with their own activity to share.
You will need: 
  • charcoal
  • Pestle and mortar
  • tin can
  • water
  • sticks
  • feathers

They collected cold charcoal from the fire pit and used a pestle and mortar to crush it in to a powder.
We then used an old tin can to mix the power with a bit of water in and used a stick to stir it in to a black paint/ink.

If you would like to make a quill to draw with then you can remove the lower bits of a feather to create a long pen and then cut the end of the feather off at an angle. 

We then dipped the quills in to the paint/ink and used it to make marks on a large strip of paper.

 

You can try using other items from nature to paint with. leaves, plants, sticks etc. See what marks they leave. 

We also used the lumps of charcoal to write and draw with. Some children drew pictures while others wrote letters from their names.

Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

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