Warli Art is a Tribal art to communicate a sense of balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm or movement.

After a read aloud session of the book Elmer by David Mckee, our Nursery children discussed the word ‘unique’ and how everyone in the world is different from each other - although we have similarities to others in terms of how we look or our likes and dislikes. Children were helped to understand that everyone is different and that being unique is good.

Warli Art form, a tribal art which originated in Maharashtra provided an extension into the continuous provision and children used a set of basic geometric shapes: a circle, a triangle, and a square to create their versions of Elmer. These shapes are symbolic of different elements of nature. The circle and the triangle come from their observation of nature. The circle represents the sun and the moon, while the triangle is derived from mountains and pointed trees. In contrast, the square appears to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land.

They also learned about where all elephants are found around in the world and were encouraged to share their own experiences of seeing elephants. Children also drew connections to festivals that feature elephants, such as Diwali.

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