Cars & Animals Get Messy
In Rabbits Room (1-2 years) the children got very excited; doing a car and animal painting. This activity involved getting some bright coloured paints and some cars & animals. The children could then choose which animal/car they wanted to use for their activity as we had them set out on the table. We ensured that the children also got to choose their own colours and experiment how ever much they desired. Once we put the aprons on the children, they wasn't afraid to get messy! Elijah put his hand straight in the paint and was mesmerised by the texture. Holly chose the animal she wanted to use and with some prompting she put it in the paint. She was hesitant to pick it back up until one of her peers prompted her. She then threw it onto the paper leaving a big pattern across the page. After seeing the outcome she grew more confidence and mixed up the colours whilst leaving the marks on the paper. Oliver smiled widely when he saw the paint and car; he dipped the car straight into the paint and started pushing it around the page. This activity links to Personal, Social Emotional development as the children are promting eachother to engage in this small group activity. It also links to Expressive Arts as they are getting creative and using their imagination and Physical development as they are using their gross motor skills to pick up the objects and place them in a certain area.
Fun facts about Art
New brain research shows that art promotes creativity, social development, and self-worth.
Art teaches children that problems can have more than one solution.
Art strengthens problem-solving skills, increasing school success.
Art develops children's imagination and critical thinking skills
Why is getting MESSY important?
Children are active learners and learn through play. Messy play is particularly valuable because it stimulates many of their senses at once. They can feel, smell, see, and sometimes even taste the consequences of their messy active play. Children are doing many things at once when engaged in messy play. They can be observing, creating, building, exploring, imagining, discovering, investigating or even relaxing.Children learn through play, but especially through unstructured, exploratory play; this allows children to make their own discoveries using their curiosity and knowledge. So do not be afraid to let your child get MESSY!