1. Easel painting with brayers....and hands!
2. Colored rice sensory bin
3. Light table with colored translucent geometric building blocks.
Today was our first class of our winter session. While reading the book, Monsters Love Colors, we focused on the action words described in the story. Vocabulary words such as squish, squash, mix, mash, drip, scribble, dribble, pour, dump, and scoop set the stage for our activities as the children explored the texture and scientific properties of paint and the colored rice in our sensory bin. The children were also able to explore the properties of light and color through the translucent magnetic tiles of different shapes and sizes. We called upon geometric shapes as we built with, sorted, and stacked the triangles, squares, and rectangles. W was delighted with his first paint experience and was in awe of his ability to turn his hand blue and then create a hand print. He also soon realized that bringing the magnetic tiles over to the rice sensory bin was a fun idea and began hiding them as well as his own feet under the rice in a game of peek-a-boo! S also enjoyed creating his own hand print and rolling the paint with the brayer on his paper. He decided that he wanted to combine crayon drawing with his painting and described drawing "a black bird, a red bird, and a cup”. W also called upon his language skills as he talked about the colors of the paint. The two boys demonstrated their developing social skills as they climbed into the rice bin together, shared materials (S asked W, “want red crayon? draw red bird?”), played peek-a-boo with the rice, shared paintings, and laughed together.