Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Easter Painting and EGGsperimenting

An activity chosen, not merely for its Easter connection but mostly for the interaction skills needed. Working in pairs the children moved the box together - collaborating to see how the boiled egg rolled, trying to be careful so that it didn't smash, choosing colours together...


Interesting to see the patterns develop as the egg rolled - back and forth and from side to side depending on how the children moved the box. Being careful was not so easy when testing was more important - how fast would the egg roll? How much banging would it tolerate?




Not surprisingly only two of the five eggs survived the artistic movement!


of course broken eggs and leftover paint is a recipe for experimenting - and that is exactly what the children did...


But it didn't take long before experimenting and role-playing blurred into each other - and the children started cooking Easter food. This time was another great opportunity for the children to learn how to collaborate - to ask and to share each other's colours, to all contribute to the painted egg mess in the bowl, to be inspired by each other's ideas of what to cook...
the "eggsperiment" certainly changed colours... as the yolks, shells and different coloured paints all mixed together...

here is one of the finished products - an easter egg painting!

as we only had two boxes in use we also had a Easter window activity -  using sticky back plastic taped onto the window with the sticky side out, and a whole load of feathers. It can be hard for children to take turns when they are first exposed to new material or a new technique, but with teacher support they can all get the time to experience and test it out...
and of course Easter would not be complete without chick yellow playdough and feathers!

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