I like coming to theis small patch of green, I like to see together with the children all the changes... but I also like to see how the children play here... there are no toys, no climbing frames nothing traditionally "children's play area" but they ALWAYS find so much to do... AND it also brings the children together - because instead of interacting with play equipment they need to interact with each other...
One of the play scenarios included four girls playing mamma, pappa, big sister and little sister at the same time as creating some artwork with an old flier they found on the ground and bits of nature... they went back and fourth dipping the paper in the birdbath, dipping plants and leaves in the bird bath in the role of the character they had all become as part of the play... I could stand a little distance away, able to listen to what they were saying and at the same time far enough away not to disturb their play-flow.
|gathered around the artwork - big sister was off collecting more things...|
|the art work with petal bits, grass and the paper ripped and also in balls similar to a papier-maché consistency.|
|some colours were on the ground, others on the bench, so this was an art session that involved a lot of moving and social interaction. A few frowns but it felt good to see the children work out how to create together|
|some children knew exactly what they were painting when we were outside... the rest had the chance to present their artwork to the rest the group at our pre-lunch meeting... the children appreciated this time to tell their friends about their art.|
|"look I have drawn my letter"|
|when most of the children had created enough there was more room for experimentation - for example dipping your paper in the birdbath to get it wet before painting with the water colours...|
|and holding the paper up to see how the paint moved on the paper... this piece got named, sun cloud and rain (which was exactly like the weather we have had all week)|
The paintings are waiting for another step - a black permanent marker to add some details... before they get put up on the walls...