SpontaneousThis morning I decided to try a new way of painting with the children. I grabbed four spray bottles and filled each one with a different colour of edicol dye. I made a blue, red, orange and yellow bottle and took it outside with the easel. I placed two spray bottles on each side of the easel and pegged a piece of paper to the boards. Jenayah asked me if she could paint so she went on one side and Nevaeh went on the other side. They both knew what to do with the spray bottles and began creating their artwork. They mixed different colours together and once they were finished Jenayah wanted to do another one with different colours. Hunter and Prisha were next and Hunter surprised me and knew exactly how to manipulate the spray bottle. He had lots of fun and used different colours to cover his paper. Prisha was also very keen to have a go and explored different colours. Hunter and Prisha also did another one as they enjoyed using the spray bottles to paint. Elya and Pilar had a go and Pilar was able to use the spray bottle on her own. However, Elya needed a bit more guidance and support to get started but she eventually got it and was able to finish her artwork on her own. Emilia and Laye did a few of these paintings as they wanted to take one home as well as keep one here for me to hang up on the wall. Emilia was very specific with her colours and where she was placing them on the paper. Laye used lots of different colours and as the colours mixed together, he asked me, "Whats happening?" (Pointing to the mixed colours) and I explained, "the colours are mixing together to make green and purple". Grace and Alex were next and eager to have a turn. They both made two different paintings and used different colours for each one. Jude and James were last and they both enjoyed using the spray bottles and mixing the different colours to create their painting.
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 were able to be creative and use a different craft resource.
Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. This activity promoted hand and finger strength as they used their hands to manipulate the spray bottles by pressing the leaver, which will further increase their fine motor capabilities.
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 activity went well and most of the children could use the spray bottles correctly on their own. I supervised and guided the children throughout the experience. Follow Up: different paint experiences.