This morning I brought in some plastic spoons for an art project. I showed the children some of the spoon people I had made and asked them if they would like to make one too. Pico, Ruby and Emilia were really keen to make one. I showed them two of the one's I had made already and the paper they could use to dress their own spoons. Ruby wanted the blue paper to make a top and skirt. Pico wanted blue for the top and a floral one for the skirt. Ruby liked the floral patterns too so I cut a small strip for her I said to her we could add it as a belt on the dress Ruby liked this idea. Emilia was watching and she chose a patterned super hero to make her dress. Emilia asked me to help her cut it out. The children chose the coloured pipe cleaners for the arms, Pico chose pink, Ruby chose blue and Emilia chose purple. I gave Ruby the black texta and she drew a face on her spoon as did Emilia. Ruby and Emilia watched Pico closely as she drew a face on her spoon. Hunter was very curious and wanted to join in the fun so I let him play with the soft pom poms he liked touching and moving them with his fingers exploring the feel of the textures. The children needed some help with the sticky tape to attach the clothes onto their spoons. The three children chose the purple coloured wool to attach the hair onto their spoons. Pico and Ruby used some of the small pom poms and some of the other decorations to complete their spoon people, I helped Emilia add one small pom pom that she chose to put on her spoon's dress . Pico and Ruby then decided to use the marker again to add hearts to their spoons.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency. This experience relates to Outcome one because it's about children becoming independent and making choices. The children were working in a group and learning by watching their peers and trying out new ideas.
This learning experience can be linked to Bowlby's theories. He believes that children who have strong positive attachments to familiar caregivers use them as a safe base from which to explore their environments.
This experience worked well because the children enjoyed choosing the colours and the type of clothes to dress their spoon people. The children watched and borrowed ideas from their peers to create their individual creations. The children struggled with the sticky tape and I was able to help them in the process of attaching the decorations. They were able to make the faces on their own. Next time I will give the children more opportunity to cut out their own paper and wool also to add some glue or cut small pieces of the tape all ready cut into strips for them to attach the craft materials by themselves. Follow up: More spoon people craft.