First, grab a black pom pom and twist half of a pipe cleaner around it.
I personally like having my own copies of books for an easy reference and to avoid many trips to the library!
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By: Monique Felix
This book is a great book for exploring shades and hues of colors. I will often put this out as a simple provocation with just a single color and white paint for kids to explore making different variations. Amazingly beautiful art is always a result of this as a provocation.
A Color of His Own
White Rabbit’s Color Book
Canada in Colours
My favorite way of introducing any art concept is through a book. It provides meaning and a deeper understanding for students. I also love it when kids are given the opportunity to show what they know. They always prove to have amazing skill and talent beyond what we realize.
This book explores how shapes learn how to get along with each other. It is a great book to use to explore creativity, imagination and friendship!
Engaging in the snow is often our students favourite activity.
Usually for the first snowfall we do not set out anything to engage our students as they are filled with pure joy of playing in the snow with their friends.
After the initial “buzz” wears off we like to change up the learning environment to provide new opportunities for learning.
The following image is a colourful snow fort! We reuse dried out washable markers and even have asked the whole school community for donations for our cause!
What you need: several good quality spray bottles, washable dried out markers, a tote to carry the bottles outside
Shake them in the morning and the colour will become more vibrant! Our spray bottles are in a little plastic tote which is easy to carry outside.
We usually have at least 5 bottles to spray but prefer more.
Only aim at the snow!
We usually set a timer for how long students can use the spray bottle. Some children easily share but often this needs to be teacher directed! I can usually refill the bottles with more water one to two more times before they no longer leach out any colour into the water.
What you need:
The top image above is the paint tray before the students started painting and the bottom image is at the end of our outside learning.
Be prepared for a little bit of clean up!
These ornaments must be dried out before you can paint them so be sure to safely poke the hole through before you dry them out.
Each ornament was beautiful and unique!