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!”
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.
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”
Our children enjoyed exploring our garden today and noticed that we had lots of spiders webs under our roof area.
We discussed how clever the spiders were in making their own webs and looked at the different shapes and sizes of each web. We pointed out all the lovely patterns the spiders had made.
We had a look through our books to see if we could find any other nature patterns. The children chose to look at our “Swirls in Nature” book because it had spiders webs in it and lots of other lovely swirly patterns.
We drew some swirls on paper and the children had lots of fun using natural resources such as stones, pine cones and conkers to make a swirl pattern.
We would love to see any patterns in nature you might have found!