Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Beautiful Fish

The children are still very interested in the book “The Mermaid’s tail”. They have chatted about the different fish in the book. They decided to use lots of materials and loose parts to create beautiful fish pictures which we call transient art.

Kaile decided to make a blow fish picture.

When Louise described Orla’s picture as “stunning”, Orla asked “Does that mean beautiful”?

The white feather dress

The children continue to explore the book “The Scarecrows Wedding”.

They used lots of craft materials to create their version of “the dress of white feathers”.

The discussion is now about the sort of clothes they believe should be worn to a wedding.

Amelia said you should wear a dress but other children had different ideas and suggested a skirt, a kilt or a suit; but they all agreed that everyone would look nice.

The Scarecrows’ Wedding

The children  listened to the story “The Scarecrows’ Wedding”.

They then made a mind map of their ideas and understanding of weddings, and decided on some things to learn more about.

They decided that they wanted to make an invitation to the scarecrows’ wedding. Ava was able to talk about the story content and shared her understanding with the other children.

The children discussed weddings they had attended and shared that they had seen pictures showing their parents wedding day.

They used a variety of craft materials to make an invitation for Harry and Betty, the scarecrows.

All about Tea

In the home corner, the children have been taking part in lots of role play, talking about cafes and have been writing their own menus and adding prices.

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They have also been creating teabag art to mark make on paper. They have been commenting on each other’s work and sharing ideas. Rowan liked Isla’s the best, because it has all the purple on it.

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At the playdough table the children are developing their senses with a variety of flavoured teas.  Florence said ” I can smell peach in the playdough. I’m sprinkling it onto the playdough with my fingers. I tasted Jasmine and Strawberry. Mango was my favourite. “dsci00881

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Artwork

Our centre is beginning to feel more lived in as we begin to display the  children’s artwork.  We are keen to display the beautiful pieces that your children have created and Siobhan has begun to use unusual spaces on the walls to do this.

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The works of art are inspired by the themes of Scotland, Myself and Winter.  We are hoping to enter a national art competition so watch out for news about this in the future.

 

Room on the Broom

During planning for learning some children decided that they would like to explore the story “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson.

The children discussed the items they would need.

Mhairi said “A stage to pretend to be the witch”

Aine thought they would need a witch hat and Mhairi shared that she had a dragon costume that the family centre could borrow for a short while.

Other children talked about the other characters Harris, Isla, Lewis and Lucas pretended to be the frog.

The children listened to the story, then retold it and acted as characters with some support at first and then they played independently. The children had lots of fun and everyone wanted to try on the dragon costume.

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Christmas is for giving

We want our children to celebrate Christmas with lots of fun, wonder and awe. We also want them to learn about the traditions at Christmas and giving presents is one of them.

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But first the children had to make some gifts and it was decided that tree decorations would be best.  Jillian had made salt dough decorations before so she helped the children to make the dough.

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The dough was made  into shapes – trees, stars, gingerbread people and hand prints.  Then it went into the oven and baked for a couple of hours until… “it’s as hard as a rock”  said Mhairi.

Time to decorate!

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We added some ribbon and a label and got ready to gift our decorations to the local community.  The children started with our neighbours in Newford Grove.

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Unfortunately most of the neighbours were not at home but we left a decoration on their door handle for them to find later on.

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Next we were off to visit Williamwood High School.  We sang for the ladies in the office and gifted them decorations for their big tree.

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Tomorrow we will be visiting Bonnyton House and maybe the pet shop in Clarkston.

 

Santa’s Workshop and Grotto

Today some children decided to help Santa. The children pretended to be Elves working hard in Santa’s workshop. The children took turns loading the presents into the wheelbarrow and then into sacks to be delivered on Christmas Eve.

Other children role played at being Santa and gave out presents to children in Santa’s Grotto.

Abby decided to make a beautiful headband, when her friends asked her what she was making they joined her to make one of their own.

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Isla had a great idea

The children were consulted about the things that they would like to bake or make at the snack and baking area during December.  Isla wanted to make a gingerbread house.

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Here is one we baked earlier for Isla to decorate.

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Soon, lots of Isla’s friends wanted to join in with the decorating of the gingerbread house.  It was lovely to observe how the children cooperated with each other and worked as a team throughout this experience.

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What a beautiful house the childre have created.  It looks good enough to eat!

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