This morning I decided to do chalk painting and I asked the children who were very excited, so I got the ingredients and containers and we all went outside.
We sat at a table and the children enjoyed watching me add the water, corn flour and food colouring to the mixing bowls, Jenayah and Amelia were eager to help me mix it all together. Sandra (educator) and I talked about the different colours we were making and occasionally they would repeat the colour word after we said it. We then placed it on the ground with paint brushes for the children to paint the ground and explore the different colours. I then decided to make some more when the Possums came outside, and Pippa was eager to help me make the next lot with her tiger to help supervise. We make 5 more very vibrant colours for the children to explore and paint with and not long after the Possums came outside and were straight over to see what we were making.
Once finished I gave a few children a cup filled with the paint and brush and they went straight over to the ground and began painting. I asked all the children what they were making and got some responses.
Daphne "I'm making silly scarecrow"
Michael "I'm drawing my name"
Mikaere "me too"
Ruby "I'm making a rainbow"
Kade "more paint"
So we decided to make more paint and the possums helped to mix the colours in and the repeated the colours as we made them. Soon after educator Massa suggested going over to the grassed area and painting on the ground there so we carried our paints over and begin to paint again.
New children now joined us and created new pictures.
Amelia "I'm painting the fence" and Neveah copied her really excited to be helping.
Mark "I'm making a monster"
Ruby and Pico simultaneously said "we making a snake"
The children continued painting just random creations and mixing their colours until they ran out.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children are able to freely express and use their imaginations with colours and painting.
This learning experience can be linked to Gardner's theories. He saw the arts and creativity as playing major roles in children's learning. Children are able to explore many cognitive concepts through their play and creative explorations.
Critical Reflection: This experience went really well but some paints didn't turn out as vibrant as I had hoped but the children still enjoyed it, I set up this activity based on their interest. I had positive conversations throughout the experience and used open-ended questioning to encourage them to learn about colours. I supported and encouraged children to participate.