Spontaneous:This morning, I decided to put out a painting activity for the children. I took out four different types of paint rollers and four different colours of paint. On A3 paper, the children could use the rollers to create patterns across their paper and use the different colours by swapping with each other.
Eddie, Hunter, Isaiah and Salo came over to the table first. As I was setting the paint up, I put blue and white on the one tray, and Eddie said, "Blue and white make blue". I asked, "What type of blue?" Eddie replied, "Light blue". As I was putting red and white onto the tray, Eddie said, "And red and white make light red". I said, "That's close! It's the colour that starts with the letter P". Eddie replied, "Pink!" I then went to add purple when Hunter said, "Me do it". So he helped me put the paint on the next tray. Evie, Lucas, Evan and Annalise were next, and they were very eager to use the rollers. Lastly, Aarvi, Pilar, Asna and Tilly came over to have their turn, and when Tilly was about to start, she picked up her roller and said, "Green green green," referring to the paint she was about to use. As Pilar finished her painting, she told me, "I make a rainbow". They all did a great job and enjoyed using the different rollers and mixing all the colours.
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop a growth mindset and learning dispositions such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. This experience allowed the children to be curious and enthusiastic in their learning as they got involved and tried painting with a different tool. It also allowed them to be creative and cooperate with others when swapping colours.
Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children become strong in their physical learning and wellbeing. This experience also helped further develop and strengthen the children's fine motor skills as they used their hands and fingers to manipulate the rollers.
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 can explore many cognitive concepts through their play and creative explorations.
Critical Reflection: This activity went well, and the children enjoyed using our new resources. The educator provided guidance and support and allowed them to be creative with various colours. Follow Up: Paper towel roll painting.