I have chosen this activity because these are expressive materials for children to express their curiosity, imagination and explore the environment using all their senses by using lots of different colours.
P3: Number of Children -. 20 Children in Group of 4. Age 3-5 Years
* Preparation Time - 10 Minutes
* Activity Time - 10-15 Minutes
* I will choose an area in the room where other children will not disturb us.
* It should be away from windows and fire exits.
* The table should be near hand washing facilities.
* Floor should be clean and non-slippery.
* I will be aware of health and safety issues as children explore the environment, explaining what is, and is not, safe to touch and where it is safe to engage in movement.
* I will check if there are children with disabilities or special needs, e.g.
some children have language difficulties.
* I will treat boys and girls equally.
* I will make sure all the children, whether different culture or race, take part in the activity.
* I will pay particular attention to those who are less confident.
P5: The Way Activity will Support the Children
Physical Development (a):
* Use of tools
* Use of large and small arm-movements.
* Developed Co-ordination and control through drawing pattern and brushing paint.
* Using their bodies to explore texture and space.
Mathematical Development (b):
* Finding out about patterns and shapes.
* Learn to count out pencils, brushes and aprons.
Language and Literacy (c):
* Listen to others, talk about their observations and experiences.
* Enable children to explore, colour and texture like 'smooth', 'shiny', 'rough' etc.
* Understand that different media can be combined.
* Develop primitive writing skills.
* Begin to differentiate colours.
* Introduce vocabulary like 'rough' 'sticky', 'cold', 'smelly', 'ugly' and 'colourful'.
Creativity is fundamental to successful learning; this activity gave all children the best opportunity for effective, creative development. They expressed their ideas and explored concepts through a wide range of paintings and printings by using their skills and imaginations. They learned how to differentiate marks and movement on paper. One child used purple paints and created lots of 'spirals'. He repeated this exercise by using his finger. This is how he came to familiarise and describe the texture of paint. They would discover all the materials; they were free to pick any colour they wish to use.
Knowledge and understanding of the world:
This activity begins with curiosity and involves children with exploration and experimentation. As they expressed their creativity, by drawing their imagination, gave them the understanding of the world. I gave them sufficient time to explore experiment, practise and repeat their ideas.
They moved with confidence, imagination, and in safety. This showed awareness of space, of themselves, and of others.
They learned how to handle tools, objects with increasing control. By using small muscles they turned taps on and off.