Our I Spy books have become very popular in Kindercare, and we've been having a lot of fun with them, reading almost daily. In fact, we read them so much that they were no longer a challenge and we decided to create our very own I Spy book!
With a variety of items found around the Kinder Room, we laid out large pieces of paper and carefully arranged things to make pictures just like the ones in our books.
We printed out the pictures and put them in our very own binder, each page asking the reader to find three specific items in their I Spy puzzle. Our Kinders are very proud of this project and our book sits on a shelf in our library, available to everyone!
We've also been exploring the beauty of bird feathers, after one child noticed some peacock feathers we had. I brought in a few from my own collection, and we used magnifying glasses to inspect each one closely.
Once we had fully inspected each feather, the children chose paint colors that matched the colors they noticed and began to create not only their versions of the feathers, but also the birds they came from. Some went on to paint flowers and nature scenes, others kept with the theme and painted bird after bird!
I offered finger painting again on a different day, but this time with just drops of color on one large paper. White, green, blue and purple hues with a variety of "tools" created lovely underwater imagery!
Finger painting is an excellent way to explore sensory, calm your mind, and enjoy a mess. Give it a try next time you find yourself needing a break from your usual routine; You may be surprised at how good it feels to dip your whole arm in paint!