Category Archives: Expressive Arts

CreatingTulips!

Today in the toddler room Spring was in the air! The children were using forks dipped in paint to print lovely tulips on to coloured paper. They were then using paint brushes to paint stems onto their pretty flowers. This created a good discussion about Spring and what flowers appear at this time of year. The children also enjoyed the novelty of painting with forks!!

Planting sunflower seeds!

Today the children in the toddler room were busy in the garden planting sunflower seeds. We were discussing  what might happen to  the seeds when they are watered and the heat from the sunshine beats down on them. The children loved the feeling of the soil in their hands.

“It feels all cold and messy!”

The children then designed their own plant pots with colourful sparkles!

Painting to Music!!!

Music and Art share similar principals such as pattern, rhythm, balance and emphasis.

Children were listening to the music then began to paint.

They were showing their emotions and thoughts through painting. At the same time they were demonstrating developmental fine and gross motor coordination, creative expression through visual art and production.

Different colours represent the children in terms of mood and energy, and they can use music to give them creative inspiration for future painting sessions.

“I made patterns with paint and I really enjoyed it.”

“Fireworks and cracking eggs, it was fast and dancey.”

“I can tap my fingers with a pompom and paint.”

“Colours makes me happy, Orange colour for Orange tangerine, green for cucumber and red for tomato.”

“It’s a Chinese dragon.”

“I am a rock star.”

Preparing for Daffodil tea!

As part of our intergenerational programme, we have some visitors coming next week from Bonnyton house to join us for some tea and crafts.

The children have been creating some of their own decorations to brighten up our family room for our special tea that we are having.

The children have been looking at vases of daffodils and using pencils to draw their own. They then re visited their pictures and added in some colour. This afternoon we selected some green and yellow materials to create collage daffodils!

”The stem of the flower is green”
”The petals of the flower are yellow”
”I’m going to make two so i can take one home”
”Daffodils don’t have any leaves”

 

Cart Mill Coffee Shop

‘Here is your chocolate cake. I hope you lilke it.’

Over the last few weeks the children have been very busy preparing to open their own coffee shop. A group of children visited Costa Coffee to explore the kinds of things we would need. We had a  tasting test to see what kind of tea we would like to sell, and decided on blackcurrant and peppermint along with coffee and everybody’s favourite hot chocolate!

The children also wanted to make some yummy cakes to sell. We made these from a variety of art and craft materials and we all agreed they looked good enough to eat!

We have had great fun this week visitng our coffee shop and taking on the different roles of customers and waiters. We have been  taking orders in our notebooks, and serving drinks and food to our friends.

‘I will make your coffee nice and hot. The machine has sugar in it.’
‘ That will be £1 please.’
‘ I will take my coffee away to work.’
‘Mmmmm yummy hot chocolate.’
‘Here is your cake sir.’
‘I would like the pink cake.’

A Gingerbread House!

Every gingerbread man needs a gingerbread house!!

Today the toddlers made a start on creating their own gingerbread houses! They helped to make boxes into the shape of houses and had fun getting messy painting them brown like gingerbread! Once they are dry the children are looking forward to decorating the houses with their own choice of art and craft materials!

“Our house needs windows and curtains!”.