Our four year old group are a bunch of keen cooks so we have started Authentic Dough early this year. Authentic Dough is where we have real experiences while developing our hand muscles working dough. It is very popular with the children because they get to eat their creations. While we are doing this experience Mrs Gayle is writing the conversations that we are having. Sometimes the conversations are about the cooking methods and terms – but really we talk about a lot of things during this time. Todays cooking was scones.
Shaving Foam provides so much fun for sensory play. The children really dug their hands in on Tuesday. We left it overnight and the next morning it was all dried up and irregular patterns had formed on the surface. With magnifying glasses we could view the patterns up close.
Each year the Swan Hill Community celebrate Harmony Day with a community art project and free activities at Riverside Park. This year the theme for the community art project is ‘Bunting’ using recycled books. We have some faded fabric bunting on our cubby house in the shape of triangles. We also have some square bunting in the trees. We made a string of paper bunting for the Harmony Day display. Families can visit the display on Harmony Day at Riverside Park Swan Hill on March 3rd.
As a part of IDENTITY we talk about our families. Here we have made a representation of our families using plastic people/animals. We each shared about the members in our families and celebrated how different families can be. Developing a sense of belonging about our place in our families supports health wellbeing in children.
We made pancakes for Pancake Day on Tuesday. We used an emoji face pancake pan from ALDI to give our pancakes expressions. This is an interactive way to get the children interested in emotions, learn vocabulary around expressing feelings and learn to read the expressions of others. After our cooking was over we put the pan with the playdough and the children could make some faces with playdough.
Welcome back to 2018. Our artist for inspiration for this term is Jackson Pollock. It is great to do this art outside because it can be very messy. Our first piece of work was completed on a big white sheet.
Paul Jackson Pollock, known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. He would paint with canvases on the floor and his tools in the air – not ever touching the canvas. He used sticks, spoons, turkey basters to drip, drizzle and pour paint onto the canvas. He would draw the elements in the air before they dropped down on the canvas.
Critics called his paintings action paintings because they involved a lot of physical activity. Shuffling feet as he moved around the canvas, rotating of the wrist, arm and shoulder and flicking of the wrist. Great for our gross motor skills!
Born: 28 January 1912, Cody, Wyoming, United States
Died: 11 August 1956, Springs, New York, United States