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Pounding Colors from Nature

What will happen when you pound on fabric that is over a leaf? It’s an interesting discovery to see what happens! Experience Curriculum curriculum includes STEAM Stations like this one, with This is one of my favorite nature activities – pounding colors from nature.

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nature items used to make dye STEAM Station

Pounding Colors From Nature STEAM Activity

Our Big Question with this STEAM nature activity is: What nature items can be used to make dye?

It was a beautiful day so we took this activity outside. We used our garden wall for a place to pound. Each child used a plastic hammer and a piece of white fabric. I cut a white craft handkerchief in squares which worked out perfectly – each child had a small piece to work with.

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We went around the yard and selected different colored leaves and pieces of plants to pound. Some released more color than others. Fall is a perfect time for pounding colors, when we see all the colors in the yard – roses, berries, changing leaves, fading flowers, and new sedum.

Pounding Colors

This is a great example of hands-on learning! Every child was busy and interested in what we were doing. Here’s a video so you can see learning in action:

pounding colors science and nature activity for preschoolers #MGTbloggerThey began to realize that some plants offered more colorful results than others so they asked for “more orange” or “more red” plants. Beautiful results! Some of the parents questioned what the fabric piece was and their child was able to tell them what we did – and it was a good time to tell parents that it’s definitely about the process, not necessarily the end product.

Pounding Colors From Nature STEAM Activity
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I sent them home. I'm not sure the stains would come out if you washed them.

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Nice activity! Where did you get your hammers? Thanks!


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I picked some up at sales & we also have the Lakeshore Learning Super Safe Hammer set (affiliate) Hope this helps!

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