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”
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.
Some of the children preferred to use their hands.
E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.
“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!”
Our children really enjoyed the story of Rapunzel and wanted to make a Rapunzel castle.
The children quickly got to work selecting their materials and paint to creating their castle.
The children decided to use the big rollers and brushes. We even explored the paint with their hands.
Once the castle walls were up it was time to furnish the inside.
They brought in logs to sit on, card for carpet and a door.
“This is the door”
”we need a carpet”
The children’s story continued to evolve all afternoon. They had great fun sharing their creativity and imagination.
“This is the bed”
“This can be the kitchen”
Along with being fun, using imagination in their play improves their creativity and promotes communication and language, develops social skills while collaborating with others, allows the children time to explore, to process and to make sense of real life situations.
This week has been very busy for the boys and girls. We have all had great fun making Christmas decorations. We have painted our fire place for Santa. We decorated stars to take home and made reindeer dust for Christmas Eve. We have also had a special treat watching a Christmas movie and enjoyed some popcorn.
We have been having lots of fun exploring different Autumn experiences in our toddler room this week. Through curiosity the children have been exploring sensory playdough, printing pictures with apples and exploring touch and texture with porridge oats.
The children chose various autumn colours to create prints using apples.
The children explored different natural materials with sensory playdough.
A is developing his fine motor skills here by exploring the sensory oats to find numbers and then chose to thread them onto a paintbrush. Fab problem solving!