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Kids love this craft activity when they try it here at the Eden Project, as it involves a bit of bashing, and there’s a big reveal at the end. Just be sure to keep fingers well out of the way.

It's worthwhile thing to do at any time of year, but it works particularly well in spring or summer, encouraging children to notice the wonder in the ordinary…

What you’ll need

  • A piece of lightweight, light-coloured fabric, such as an old handkerchief or a tea towel
  • Something heavy to bash with, like a rounded stone, or a rubber tent mallet

Instructions

  1. Gather a selection of colourful leaves and petals – it’s an experiment to see what works best.
  2. Lay the fabric on something flat (which can withstand your bashing). Arrange the leaves and petals onto one half of the fabric and then fold the other half on top.
  3. Hold the fabric so it doesn’t move and – being very careful with your fingers – gently bash the plant materials through the fabric until they release their colours.
  4. Open up the fabric, discard the bits of plant and see what’s revealed!
  5. What can you do with your colours? A flag could work, or a cloak for a toy?