Paint is the art material of choice in our house. Our twins have been exposed to a wide variety of materials over the past three years, but they always return to paint and therefore I am constantly in search of ways to expand their interest. In everything I have learned over the past 6 years or so about Reggio inspired practices, I am always inspired by the great beauty and calm of their art experiences and have aspired to create that for the children with whom I have worked.
Like most afternoons, this was set up as an invitation to create. This time of year these invitations are typically outside, but it was a gloomy rainy day so I laid it out inside. Due to the interest in water and boats in our house at the time, I poured blue and white paint into trays with spaces for mixing. We had done a similar painting activity earlier in the week on paper that had been a huge success and I was interested to see how they would interact with the paint on a different surface.
Our toddlers were eager to get started when they woke up and dove in without asking any questions. They painted contentedly on the floor for a while. At first they each worked in their own space. Gradually they started talking about what they were doing with each other and this lead to collaborating in the same spaces. They compared colors and talked about how they were painting.
*Take this activity outside.
*Although I enjoy large scale, collaborative projects - perhaps trying on individual mirrors might yield different results.
*Try painting on other surfaces - foil, different textured papers, etc.
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