here, he can be seen hiding his eyes
while he counts to ten.
We used eye droppers to see how many drops to fill the circle. Natalia demonstrated her own creativity when she said “look I made a purple caterpillar.”
Until next post
But the reason of my excitement shifted from seeing their artworks to the story and process behind each child’s painting as I observed them create their masterpieces.
Mateo only wanted to use green because that is his favorite color and it looks like the grass.
Dayna was focused on making a purple and green pattern.
Iris started painting with yellow then added blue in the middle. She noticed that when the blue and yellow paint mixed, it made a different color- green. Iris then added blue on the other parts where the yellow paint was. She mixed and mixed until different shades of green were present.
This activity reminded me on how I should focus more on the process of how these artworks are created rather than the final artwork themselves. It is through this process that the children get to express themselves creatively.
The children were all full of questions, such as where are we going, are we going on the bus, what about the playground, are we going to the field? We told them we are going on an adventure, it was a mystery. You could feel the curiosity building and more questions were asked. We gave them a hint and told them it was a pink place. Oh boy, that got them going… So off we headed down the walkway with no toys, no bubbles and no wagon, just ourselves.
Do you know what happened? We had many adventures, all with our imaginations, our bodies and the cherry blossom trees. The children loved the way the ground looked with hues of pink below them and above them. The wind would gently blow the petals down which the children thought was like snow. Some children chased the petals while others thought of a way to make the trees rain more petals.
We had a parade that the children orchestrated and performed. There was also some super hero role playing and some dinosaurs running around too. The children also picked flowers from the ground and used them as props for their imaginative playing.
The time we spent exploring on the hill was proven to be a success. The children were so engaged in interacting with their peers, moving their bodies, using their imagination and building their growth in so many areas of their development, simply by being present in nature.
Until next time,
The children voted and named the spa, Lollipop Spa. In their spa, they will have hand scrub, tattoos and a café.
The children were then given crayons, to add colour to their drawings:
The children had fun looking at the extra large panel from a comic strip. Each were eager to share what they had found in the detailed drawing: