This month we have been focusing on the colour green through various experiences. We used primary colour food dyes to investigate the secondary colours it produced through a giant canvas painting experience.
We went to the zoo for an excursion last week and the children collected lots of dead leaves along the way. We investigated the leaves and realized that they all have different shades of green. The children discussed and have decided to attach them to the giant green canvas to make it even greener. Children from all age groups have participated in this large-scale project and we cannot wait to display the artwork once it is completed!
The still life area filled with green fruits and vegetables allowed the children to fully explore their sensory skills through sight, smell and touch as well as promoting their language skills and awareness in healthy eating through discussion with their peers. The children were exposed to a wide range of mediums (oil pastels, watercolour, charcoal, and graphite) through this experience which promoted fine motor skills and the development of the muscle strength in their hands.
The embroidery experience started off as a simple wire exploration area where children discovered the nature of wires. Their interest slowly transitioned to threading and embroidery as they enjoyed the challenge. Through the embroidery experiences, the children displayed great resilience, patience, concentration, and social skills as they mentored, guided, and supported their peers who need assistance.
We also learned colour mixing through string painting inspired by both tie-dye and embroidery. It was interesting to see how creative the children were and the techniques they used to colour their strings. The children were given the option to choose how they would like to display their creations. They can choose to either sew their strings onto the tapestry table, hang it on a branch, or take it home as-is.