Megan Miller

Textile Design BDes (Hons)

Wild & Me. A make-box for primary children aged 5-11.

About

The expressive arts play a significant role in the development of children’s learning and is a key part of the Scottish Curriculum of Excellence. Teaching and learning through art and design enables children to express their ideas, gain confidence and build on key skills such as communication, processing, and fine-motor skills.

A study in 2019 by Education Scotland found that some primary school teachers lacked the confidence in delivering expressive arts activities due to the lack of resources available, and this is where the idea for my project began. The idea behind this project was to create a make-box that primary school teachers across Scotland could use as a resource to deliver the expressive arts subjects.

The Wild & Me make-box enables children to participate in activities that encourage interdisciplinary learning such as natural dyeing. Included in the make-box is a hand-printed apron, activities including "what's in the fridge" and "continue the pattern", the equipment required to create natural dyes, material to natural dye, a scrunchie, and a small box with unique random items.