Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Mixed-Up Chameleon Inspired Art

This week children continued to explore the concept of changing colours in particular to the season of fall and what better way to build on this than to introduce the children to a chameleon, and this is where Eric Carle's 'The Mixed-Up Chameleon' came into play.

Children listened to the story which tells a tale of a chameleon who keeps wishing to be like the other animals he once saw at the zoo until his body is all mixed up with different body parts quickly realizing that he is happiest when he is himself. 

Children created patterned paintings on coloured papers using lego, forks, toilet roll to make their Eric Carle inspired prints. 

Cut out shapes and sizes of every kind to create your own mixed up animal.

"This is my mixed up cat", said Jules looking for parts that will make up his creation. "I need ears for my cat." I stop and wonder the kind he will pick.

You have it it mind, you bring it on paper.


"Aleshia look, I made a mixed up chameleon" exclaimed Wyatt. 
"I see the tail" I say, "yeah, here" answers Wyatt pointing with his finger. 

His thrill with glue and the story still fresh in his mind show in his art. 

"I am making a flamingo" smiles Chelsea while Estella decides to use various shapes without naming her creation. 

I see the parts that tell of a whole new story.


Hanon making eye contact says, "Mine has wings" with a giggle, "It's a bird. It is funny"

After all, being mixed up is quiet funny!!

Jules, "I want to make another one." flipping the paper.

"I wonder what are you thinking Jules?", I ask.
"It is a mixed up tug boat. This is the siren." with excitement in his voice.

It makes me wonder how imagination flows so effortlessly through their thoughts, interests and experiences.

It's value lies not in its results, not in the product of creation but in the process itself. It is not important what children create, but that they do create, that they exercise and implement their creative imagination.

Lev Vygotsky

Friday, October 2, 2020

Autumn - Leaves Changing Colours

This week, along with the official start of autumn, children welcomed the season with exploring all kinds of leaves and their changing colours.

Autumn colours show on your paper 
The trees are mesmerized with your imagination 
Some leaves on, and some on the ground
You create a your unique sense of the season

Harmony of nature and imagination


Lacing leaves - yellow, orange, red and brown
All shaped so fine for you to hold
You immerse yourself in the activity, concentrating and problem solving



"The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground"

- Andrea Gibson 


The song that you sang most this week as you notice the leaves changing colours and while you engage in the week's activities (in tune of london bridge is falling down)

Autumn leaves are changing colours, changing colours, changing colours
Autumn leaves are changing colours all through the town.
Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down
Autumn leaves are falling down, down to the ground.
Take the rake and rake it all, rake it all, rake it all
Take the rake and rake it all, all from the ground.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

After exploring the story of Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes,  the children went to experiment with stepping into paint and walking on paper as they left footprints to investigate. The children made use of their senses - a sense of feeling, a sense of trust, a sense of texture, a sense of experimenting....

The children imagined the kind of shoes they would like to create and wear. They were handed a pair of cut-out shoes to be coloured and laced in their own little way. Their imagination and creativity went heaps and bounds. 

Chelsea, "I want to make mine rainbow shoes."

Jules, "I love red shoes and blue."
Leanna, "Mine is purple and brown."
Royson, "I have rainbow shoes."
Katie, "My shoes are red and pink."

They slow down and focus, pay attention to detail as they concentrate and co-ordinate their efforts.