Tuesday morning (the 5th of July) I was greeted with stories of Fourth of July thrills. The excitment spilled into their play as they were lighting firecrackers (aka: bark) and running away and setting up parades. There were stories of horses and boat rides. They now had concrete experiences to reference. I heard about the loud sounds and smells of firecrackers, the sight and sounds of parades and other fun associated with the Fourth of July.
Feeding off of their excitment, I used an idea I learned from "my Jenn". She is near the end of sorting out her "stuff"; saving the quality play ideas, and throwing out the teacher led, carbon copy mumble jumble. Somewhere in that process she came upon this process art activity. I like to call it "firecracker painting" -- it could easily be called many other names and used for many other moments besides the Fourth of July.
All it takes is a large chunk of paper, plastic lids, hammers and paint.
|Ella is making the first "explosions" on the paper.|
|Place just a bit of paint in the center of the lid. I used old tupperware lids that|
I no longer have bowls for, but margarine lids work great.
I tried Ziplock container lids too, but they cracked.
|Place the lid paint side down on the paper and|
hit the paint covered lid with a hammer.
Knowing about something does great things for one's self esteem and experience is the best way to know!