Another quiet week in the Burrow means let’s get messy! What does a quiet day mean? Let’s get very messy (and of course children love getting messy) so today we thought was a good day to have a big flour fight. After our lovely picnic in the field, we returned to nursery, cleared the room of obstruction, stripped the children down to their t-shirts and let the flour explosion commence. All of the children, myself, Nic and Lauren took a big handful of flour and on the count of 3 (1,2,3) threw the flour high into the sky and watched to see what happened. Some liked to pretend it was snow, some liked to think it was fairy sprinkles whilst others just enjoyed to get covered it dusty white four (and of course cover our friends!)
As the flour settled on the floor, what better time than to make a snow angel. Some of the children led down on the floor and started to move their arms and legs to leave a printed snow angel on the floor. Others just liked to bundle more of the flour from the floor to chuck once again into the sky. I think the children also enjoyed covering me in flour, and I wasn’t aware of quite how much I was coated until I took a look in the mirror! We noticed that the children were using their fingers to mark-make in the flour, drawing lines, shapes and leaving marks, which gave us a great idea for our next activity.
Soraya had kindly spared us some of her potatoes from home to use for our mark making play. She had cut circles, squares, stars and triangles into them to use for our creative mark making. On our mark making table we placed a tray of paint, a4 paper and lots and lots of potatoes shapes to see what the children would do with them. Some picked up the potatoes to explore the shapes, and tell us what they could see, and some got stuck in placing them into the paint and printing them on the paper. As you could imagine the paper that we placed down on the table soon got covered, so we thought it was time we covered the whole table to decorate.
Using some old wall paper we turned it over and covered the surface of the table. We placed the potatoes back on to the table with paint to see what happened next! (As you can see from our pictures, the children have printed the wall paper with lovely bright potato printed shapes and lots of big splodges!) Of course not all of the children wanted to just print the shapes with the potatoes, they wanted to explore the paint colours and see what happened when they mixed the paint together. Using the potato and the paint they have a big mix and put it to the paper, we made lots of fascinating colours on our paper, which will now be used for one of our lovely displays in Burrow.