Story by Educator Dalia
The children in Johnson House have been enjoying the book ‘If I Built a House’, by Chris Van Dusen. In this book, imaginative Jack builds the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. After reading the book, the children were excited to draw their own dream house, and this experience was extended upon throughout the week. Using home living magazines, the children got busy cutting, pasting and drawing their dream house. As they flipped through the pages of the magazines the children spoke about the images and what they liked about each one, for example colours, sizes, views, the furniture depicted etc. The children added pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits into their homes. They used their imaginative skills and were excited as they created the indoors and outdoors of their houses. Throughout this experience the children also used their verbal communication skills as they shared their ideas with their peers.
Petals and orange peel
Story by Educator Sophie
In Murray House there was sensory overload as we smelled and squished and saw all of the beautiful natural things laid out on the art table.
I loved how the idea of ‘painting a flower’ was interpreted around the art table, so funny! There were children like Edie and August who literally painted a flower, and then others like Boadi and Alek who got stuck into the paint, making pictures of petals. Angus was all about the orange peels, and he discovered that you could stamp and print with these little spheres, so clever!
It was a very busy table indeed. We used teeny tiny brushes today, which was a welcome change, and they were delicate enough to paint the petals. The oranges and flowers made their way onto the deep green backgrounds of the paintings, and I noticed loads of little fingers working overtime on fine motor skills as we pinched and held and picked and dipped our way around all of the textures at the table. Well done arty kiddos!