We are beginning to wind-down the Meal Time! activity plan from Reaching Roses with only a couple of days left! (We’ll see you on Friday for our culminating activity). Today’s post is another artsy-activity that I wanted to include so that I could have the opportunity to write about the significance of children’s artwork and Reggio Emilia’s “100 languages of children” which helps form a part of my philosophy.
Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme: Meal Time
Activity Description: Abstract Art: Use spoons and forks to paint a picture. Add a little flour or baby powder to the paint to thicken it a bit and provide texture (you could also add sand, salt; whatever inspires you).
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Creative
Specific Skill: Painting with texture
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 19 months
Preparation: Before beginning I took some paints and added baby powder to it to give it a thickened texture. I didn’t use any measurements, I just added bit by bit until the consistency suited me.
1. To begin, we read and talked about some books about eating.
2. I decided to do this activity on top of the geometric art activity we did on Monday but obviously, it is not necessary to do so. We looked at the canvas and what was already there and I reminded them that they used cups to make it. I explained that today we were going to use “special” paint and forks, spoons, and knives to paint with. They were excited.
3. I modelled how to use the forks and knives to create lines in the thickened paint.
4. Off to the races!
5. When finished, I recruited the babies to help clean (it keeps them occupied while I’m putting things away so I don’t end up with hand prints on everything in our home! – and it teaches them responsibility)
6. Once it was dry I encouraged them them feel the different textures they created. They were pleased.
Reggio Emilia’s 100 Languages of Children
The term “hundred languages of children” refers to the many ways that children have of expressing themselves. Children are able to depict their understanding (of any given topic or themselves) through one of many symbolic languages such as drawing, sculpture or drama (to name a few). It is a true form of communication and they are able to do this well before they are able to speak. This is why I feel it is essential to provide babies with the opportunity to express themselves through artistic means and why we should pay attention to what they are expressing through their art.