The toddlers have opportunities to explore a range of diverse art forms through provocations. Today we gathered some interesting natural resources to use in our clay. The toddlers rolled out their clay, pressing down hard. ‘It feels cold’ ‘Its very smooth after its rolled’ The children decided they were going to press the leaves into the clay to see what mark they left, they then proceeded to do the same with the flowers and the pine cones. They decided that the leaf left the best imprint, the toddlers talked about how the texture of the clay had changed to bumpy after using the pine cone to mark make.
They noticed that all the leaves were different sizes shapes and colours. ‘The green one is the biggest’ ‘I like the wee red leaf the best’ The older toddlers put the leaves in sequence from the smallest to the biggest. They squashed and rolled the clay improving hand eye coordination building gross and fine motor skills learning new vocabulary. The children were pleased with the end result.
Some of the children also decided to use the pipettes for colour mixing on paper towel, promoting colour recognition and developing fine motor skills including building hand eye coordination and of course always encouraging creativity and imagination.
We talked about the colours and how they changed when they mixed. The children liked the bright colours ‘The yellow and red has gone orange’ ‘the pink looks red on the paper’
Welcome back to the Studio and hello to all our new children. We have spent the last week exploring all the Studio room has to offer. The children have been taking part in a wide variety of expressive art activities and exploring their creative sides.
Today we have been discussing other ways we could create non conventional art. We have previously discussed the work of Henri Matisse who used scissors to create his art work. Today we used nature paint brushes to create ours.
We spoke about the different natural objects we collected and had fun exploring what prints, patterns and designs we could create by using them.
We printed, stamped and spread the paint using the different natural objects to ignite our creative spark.
We discussed what colours to use and decided to use natural colours that we would find outside in natures colour wheel. Browns, yellows, greens etc. We talked about what these colours represent in the world.
It was lovely to see the end result of the process and the wonderful creating thinking our children shared. Our children were very engaged in this learning experience, sharing their expressive thoughts while developing their creative design skills and linking real word objects to arts.
Can you find things in the local area to create art as well?
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.
Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.
Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.
When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.
When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.
The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.
The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.
Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.
The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.
A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.
The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!
WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?
Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?
1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.
They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.
Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.
The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.