We had great fun in Forest school today creating leaf prints using the Japanese artistic technique of Hapa Zome (pronounced Hap-pa – zo-MAY). First, we learnt the names of the trees in the secret garden and played I-spy to test our knowledge.

Then, we worked in pairs to create our leafy prints by placing leaves onto cotton, folding it over and bashing it (carefully!) with a hammer. With our partner, we took it in turns to keep each other safe by watching our partner’s fingers and warning them if the hammer was getting too close!

When we unfolded the cotton, the leaf shape was left behind in green and reflected on the folded side. We also managed to create some yellow shapes with yellow leaves!