Yesterday we created Sneaky Snake on our driveway. Today we painted him. Or at least, that was the plan!
This activity is a continuation of our focus on the story Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake.
It all started with a note on the door.
Downstairs, the boys were presented with an opportunity to:
- Make their own paint
- Paint the snake.
The recipe for the paint is very simple.
This turned out to be the best part of the whole activity. Mixing and making are two things the boys love doing.
So when I put this activity out, I figured the boys would take to it like ducks to water.
So did they like making their own paint? Put it this way … they both sat down and started working and were totally silently – which is extremely rare.
They were so captivated that there was no time to talk. There were things to mix, pour, sprinkle and add to as well as time and space to do it.
Yes, they were happy campers!
As for the snake, it did get a splash of paint here and there but not a great deal.
Did it matter that the snake didn’t really change colour or end up with glorious rainbow of colours? Absolutely not! There was a pile of learning going on in what the boys were doing.
I love it when children take charge of their own learning by experimenting, trying out ideas and theories and creating as then they actually learn a lot more!
Daniel tried blowing the paint to see if it would move.
He was fascinated by the fact that it dried like ‘cement’.
As for David, he was fascinated by the clouds of cornflour dust that he was able to create by clapping his flour covered hands.
This was a great activity – well worth doing!
As for the clean up, it all washed away without any effort once the hose was turned on! Oh yes … and did I mention that I’m extremely grateful for our washing machine!!!
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