Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Exploring Clay

Children have been exploring clay in the studio since last week. They have been intrigued to explore clay’s texture. Children learned to squeeze, roll, pull and push the clay which helps develops their large and small muscles. Clay has numerous benefits for children’s development for example; playing with clay fosters eye-hand coordination, builds attention span, builds vocabulary – pound pinch, roll, poke, stretch and so on. Children also beginning to tell stories with clay pieces.

Fun in the sun exploring our new garden!

The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill  whilst playing with water.

We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!

They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom.  One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.

We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!

Our creative minds

Today the children decided to use our recycling to make a house. Initially staring off as one child’s idea this sparked the imagination of their friends and soon a small group began to join in. There was lots of discussion around the building of the house “ it needs a roof” and some wonderful idea’s about it’s contents “lots of food in this room”  and “ this opens for the cat”. The children displayed fabulous cooperation, perseverance and creativity working together all day to creat a truly magnificent home.

  

30 Days Wild Art

We are continuing to do random acts of wildness everyday in the garden. Today we decided we didn’t want to use our paintbrushes to paint. Instead we decided to use some natural resources found in our garden. First, we found some pine cones and then we took two baby carrots that had started growing in our flower beds as we thought they looked like pens and then we cut some of our willow to make bushy paintbrushes. What random act of wildness could you do this week? #30dayswild

This carrot is just like a pen!

I am painting a flower

Messy painting with bubble wrap!

Today the toddlers were excited to finish creating their very own cherry blossom tree, just like the one in our garden. They had some sensory fun with bubble wrap before dipping it in pink paint and printing with it onto our tree! This made fantastic blossoms on top of our hand painted leaves! Take a look below at our finished tree! Everyone was very proud!

”Wow, it’s bigger than me!!”