Makin' Mudcloth: Painting with soil

Grade Level: Kindergarten


Students learn about bogolanfini (mudcloth) from Mali in Africa and create their own cloths.  Students create patterns with shape stickers and apply mud paint by stamping with sponges.  They observe the color and texture of the mud paint.  They sort and count shapes, measure their cloth, and record information on worksheets.



K- ESS3.A. Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do. 


SKE2. Obtain, evaluate, communicate information to describe the physical attributes of earth materials (soil, rocks, water, and air). 

Guiding Questions:

What kinds of household items can be made out from mudcloth?

What shapes do you see in these examples of mudcloth?

Mudcloth is used to make all kinds of items for people and homes.

Mudcloth is traditionally made with mud-paint and a sponge brush, creating geometric patterns and shapes.

Students use stickers and strips of tape to create patterns which resist the mudpaint and are removed after drying to reveal the canvas below.