The ladybugs have been focusing on the 'how to' aspect of their creations. As the educators observe we are seeing the children talk a lot about the process rather than the outcome itself! For example when building a snowman... how to we make the ball? what if the snow isn't sticky? how can we make them all different sizes? These are all questions that are being considered while making a snowman, and once it is complete the mission is over! On to the next creation!!
I wanted to see what would happen if I gave them the 3 primary colours of paint at the art table, would they be able to create their picture with only 3 colours? would they ask for different colours such as green, purple, orange, brown? Or, would they figure out how to construct these colours themselves? What does this look like?
During this experience, I noticed a couple of things... I observed that the children came to the table with an idea of exactly what their picture would look like. Each child had a plan in their head of what colours they would need, and in what order.
Hold your curser over the images below to see what they were saying!
The children took their time while making the colours. We learned that when you add blue and yellow it makes green... but if you add way more blue than yellow, it might just make a lighter blue and won't look green! This activity provided the children with a chance to get creative and really practice their problem solving skills as they worked through making each selected colour!
The pictures turned out beautiful, as if the children had a full pallet of paint. They were all so proud of themselves at the end seeing the finished product knowing that they created many of these colours on their own, and that theirs stood out from the others!
For awhile now, the Caterpillar group has been exploring play through role play! This could mean that they set up the kitchen are to become an ice cream store, maybe a restaurant or sometimes it is a pizza place! This has grown and grown over the last few months and the educators in the room are working on finding new ways to expand on this play every single day.
We decided to set up a soup making activity at one of the tables. The activity involved the book 'Duck Soup,' and various spices, extracts and other scented liquid to mix up and get creative! The children were given mortar and pestles to grind up the spices and a jar to mix the spices with the other liquid.
The children mixed up their soup/potion and talked a lot about how each one smelt, or looked during the process. Everyone agreed that the mix of smells made us hungry and wanting some yummy baked treats!
Up next, we are going to explore these spices in a new way... What do you think we will be able to make with spice paint? Will it be spilt soup? Will it be dough? So many opportunities!