Spontaneous Rainy days mean we are stuck inside , so today we decided to do a spontaneous experiment with the Joeys . Massa ( educator) gathered some water ,paint ,glitter and paddle pop sticks. " We are going to make colored ice for painting" Massa said . The Joeys gathered around the table and sat quietly and patiently as they waited for their turn. As I started to pour water in each mold Hunter jumped up on his chair and screamed " Ooooooo" and poked his finger into the water. The children grabbed a bottle of paint to squeeze into the water , some needed some assistance as the bottles were hard to squeeze. Nathan had picked up a paddle pop stick and started to stir the paint into the water " Good job Nathan " I exclaimed ," now lets add some glitter ". The children scooped a spoonful of glitter into each mold as Nathan, Hunter ,Mun and Huda used their paddle pop stick to mix it all together. Once it was all mixed I placed the tray into the freezer as the children then asked to paint while they waited. We squirted their paper with paint and let them use their imagination, some children chose to use a paint brush , Lucas used a paddle pop stick to spread his paint around, while Elya decided to use her fingers and hands we rubbed paint all over her paper then after observing Lucas ,Elya picked up a paddle pop stick rubbing it across her paper.
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. Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning . Children use play to investigate ,imagine and explore ideas. Follow and extend their own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration. The children demonstrated this as they each used their own tool/object for painting, paint such as paint brush, paddle pop stick or even their hands.
This experience can 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: As an educator it was great to see the children's excitement during this experience. They all sat patiently and waited for their turn. Being engaged in this experience I was able to support the children in times they needed assistance, (helping squeeze paint from the bottle ). Follow Up Painting with different utensils/objects eg Fruit, bubble wrap