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Let’s Get Busy With Paint!

Using paints that the children selected, they explored their self expression and created their own masterpieces! The children mixed colours to make new ones, discussed their works of art with their peers and explored what tools they could use. Using our hands to paint was a favourite!

Take a look at these fabulous paintings in our garden gallery!

 

Some comments from the children. 

“I’m making a rainbow with all the colours”

“I’m painting a picture of me”

”It’s a picture for my mummy. Her favourite colour is  blue”

“It’s a picture of the sky. Look at the clouds that are so big”

Mark Making fun in the sun

The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.

Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.

They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.

Mopping the ground! Look at the patterns!

Some of the children preferred to use their hands.

E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.

E wrote the letter ‘M’

“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”

“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”

Helicopter Stories

Today in the studio room and outdoors the children have been super creative, taking part in helicopter stories.  We sat down in a small group and went round the circle, allowing each child to have a go and share their brilliant stories. After the story has been written, the author choses what character from their story they would like to play and with the help of their friends, the story is acted out. We used materials to help us get in to character while we acted out some of the stories. The children had so much fun participating!

Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down exactly as they are told by the adult. There are such great benefits, some being :

~Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life

~Creates confidence and self-assurance

~Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas

~Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience

~Facilitates high levels of engagement

Here are some of the children’s fantastic stories!

Making and creating music!

This week in the studio room the children have been super creative. They have shown an interest in our music area with all the different musical instruments there are. Some of the children asked if we would be able to create our very own! So that is exactly what we did, we decided on rainbow shakers. The children choose a variety of loose parts to put inside the bottles and then used their fine motor skills to get the string through the hole.

Fantastic work!

The children the next day were asking lots of questions on how to play the musical instruments. So we had a wee discussion and used the smart board to show examples of musical note sheets. They decided they’d like the make their own so we did!

 

Let’s make banjos!

Today the children were super creative and made their very own banjos!

We gathered all the resources needed and got started. Music ignites all areas of child development so why not create our own musical instruments to play.

First we glued the lollipop sticks together then coloured and decorated them.

“I’m going to make it a rainbow”

Then we painted the lids

“I’ve painted it my favourite colour”

Lastly we used elastic bands to put around the lids.

“It’s tricky”

The children’s end product! Fantastic!

”this sounds cool”

There are many benefits to making your own musical instruments, some of them include:

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Writing fun in the Home Room

Today in the home room we were practising our writing skills.  We had a look at some food magazines and some of the girls decided to write some menus and a recipe for lentil muffins.

We looks up some recipes and one of the girls asked me to write out the recipe so that she could copy the letters for her recipe.

When writing out the recipe we were developing our numeracy skills as we looked at the measurements for the ingredients.

The children spoke about opening up our own Cart Mill Cafe in the kitchen and thought about the different foods we would serve!

Leaf painting

The children were having great fun this afternoon leaf painting. We went outside to our garden to collect a variety of leaves.

Once all of the leaves were collected they got started, we used our fine motor and creative skills to dip the leafs into the paint and then print them onto the paper.

The children were experimenting with mixing colours together, using their problem solving skills to mix the paint and create another colour.

Creativity outdoors

The children enjoyed exploring creative messy arts this week outdoors. We used shaving foam and powder paint, creating lots of different patterns using the rakes. This experience helps develop the children’s large muscle control and hand eye co-ordination. Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. The children pointed out all the different patterns they had great fun making.

I’ve made waves in the ocean”

I made lots of squiggly lines”

We used large rolls of craft paper and cello taped it to the walls and used tubs of paint, allowing the children to dip their large paint brushes into the paint and have great fun being creative. The children were using their gross motor skills, strengthening their arm muscles and learning how to use everyday tools.

We then looked at all the colours of paint mixed together at the end and if they could see any patterns.

“Look at all the colours mixed together”
“Looks like a peacocks tail”