Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Snow and Ice

As the toddlers arrived today they let their friends know that it had snowed again. The toddlers were excited to make their own snow. We measured out some cornflour and conditioner and mixed it together. The toddlers then found some animals that live in the snow and ice , penguins and seals. The toddlers made icebergs for the animals to rest on when they were not in the water and snow. The toddlers discovered that they could see the penguins footprints in the snow and some seals hid under the water.

Exploration of mark making

The toddlers had a great learning experience exploring and creating amazing patterns and prints from everyday objects.

The children explored a variety of mark making tools to express themselves.

We used large tubes to create circle prints, duplo blocks to make fantastic dotty patterns and the scourers to make clouds.

Some of the toddlers enjoyed the sensation of the paint covering their hands and arms.

We all loved the “gigantic art” experience!

Music and movement fun!

This morning the toddlers were enjoying singing and playing the musical instruments. The children were learning to follow simple instructions such as play them quietly and really loud, fast and slow and to stop.

 

We are learning to repeat rhymes and songs and have fun with musical instruments.

The children enjoyed participating in action songs and moving to Ring a ring a roses and Here we go round the mulberry bush.

We are learning to move our bodies, gain control of co-ordination and mobility of movement but most of all we are having lots of fun!

Dress Maker at Work

The child’s idea when she saw the sheets of coloured felt was to “make a rainbow dress” and that is just what she did. It took her most of the day to sew all the felt pieces together. Here she is in deep concentration sewing two pieces of felt together.

Sewing rainbow dress

The delight is clear to see when she tries on the rainbow dress she made.

This is a beautiful example of what Maria Montessori meant when she said “Play is the work of the child”.

 

 

Australia Day!

This week the toddlers have been finding out all about Australia. They discussed the animals that live there, what these animals eat and how they move around. The children particularly enjoyed being kangaroos! We got creative by designing our own aboriginal dot paintings. The children used small round sponges and many different colours of paint. The pictures were very effective and created an opportunity to talk about patterns with the children.

The children also enjoyed getting out into the garden and collecting the hail that had fallen. They gathered it into a tray, mixed it with blue paint creating an outdoor home for our penguins! The children enjoyed seeing their footprints in the snow and working out whose was the biggest! We had great fun catching the hail stones as they fell!

Chinese New Year Dragons

Today the toddlers were talking about Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed looking at pictures of the decorated dragons in China. We chatted about the different colours and shapes we could see. The children wanted to make dragons. They had fun getting creative making their own unique dragons! They glued strips of tissue paper and feathers onto halved paper plates. We stuck straws on the back for the children to move their dragons around the room like they do in China. Great dragons toddlers!

Creating owls with clay…..

The children have been exploring the story “Owl babies” throughout the family center this week. Today the children choice to extend their learning through creating their own owl babies using clay and loose parts of their choice. The children used their imagination and new knowledge of owls to create their beautiful models which are now on display at the entrance to the 3-5 room.