This activity is not particularly unique, different or inventive. But it was a lovely way to spend a beautiful spring morning with two energetic 3 year olds.
I had two large pieces of green paper perfect for making spring meadow pictures. I showed Cakey and Miss Z a picture of 'Herrick's blossoms' by one of my favourite artists, Charles Conder. I asked if they would like to make a spring meadow picture, both nodded enthusiastically. Then I asked, 'do you know what a meadow is?' They shook their heads vigorously. So I explained what a meadow is and then suggested that they might like to collect grass, leaves and flowers to glue onto their meadow pictures... which they did.
|'Herrick's blossoms' by Charles Conder|
While they were busy gluing (with pva) on their garden finds I set up some bright paint in takeaway containers. I also brought out some sponge shapes – both girls loved the sponges! Flowers and glue were instantly forgotten which I thought was a shame as I had imagined a beautiful mix of fresh flowers with painted ones but Cakey and Miss Z were much more interested in the paint and sponges.
|Gluing was forgotten in the excitement for the sponges and paint|
The following day I badgered Cakey to return to her spring meadow picture and add some more flowers from the garden. As I caught myself gluing on some flowers that I had picked, I repeated in my head 'process not product'. After all my aim is to let Cakey go with the flow and create what she wants, not what I think is nice or pretty. But sometimes, just sometimes, I can't help myself!!
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