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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Making Puppet Theaters

Buna Dorr, who is one of Purple Twig's incredible teachers, works wonders with ages 3, 4 and 5. She has such a patient gentle nature the kids really respond to. She also has fantastic ideas for ongoing projects for them. Since our classes are once a week, the kids sometimes spend 3 or 4 weeks building up a project. This puppet theater is a perfect example of her talent for layering and piecing together a work of art that the kids can also interact with. Look at this amazing dear dancing on it's stage.

She started with a square shoe box with the bottom cut out. This she had ready for them to add their touches using paint, fabric, buttons and cut pieces of paper. We always put glue in our paint so that it acts as both an adhesive and a pigment. Some of the kids also strung beads onto pipe cleaners to add as an added decoration onto of the fabric.

The following week they did watercolor paintings for their back grounds. They talked about backgrounds and landscapes which is usually an inaugural introduction to the idea of landscape. These paintings were added to the lids of the shoe boxes.

The following week the puppets arrived. Using cardboard shapes they start to learn that images are made up of basic shapes like circles and triangles. Each child received similar shapes but look at all the sweet little animals that came from those circles, ovals and triangles as well as textural elements of buttons, felt and shreds of paper. We have a reindeer, cats, humpty dumpty (can you guess which one), pigs and a deer.

Buna hot glued on some long skewers to the back and cut slits in the sides of the shoe boxes so that the puppets slide in from the side. But these puppet theaters can also work in another way because you can take the backs off and use them for other kinds of hand puppets. 

The children spent a lot of time performing for each other. 

Happy Puppeteering!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A little sensory play

We made clouds this week in our family class for ages 2 and 3. Shaving cream is such a great material for sensory play. It's so soft and squishy. My kids love to play with it in the bath. They rub it all over the tub and all over their little bodies. Lots of laughs come from the bath when I break out the shaving cream.
For class today I was trying to figure out an easy and washable way to add color and this is what I came up with.  I took colored chalk and crushed it.  I didn't want to get chalk all over my mortar and pestleI so I used a hammer in a bowl. I bought a sifter at a thrift store for a way to shake the color onto the shaving cream to make the clouds change color.

We read a book on clouds. It's a great way to get kids to associate words and literature with their own world and with their own art making. I chose to read "Cloudette" It's a sweet story of a little cloud accomplishing big things that suit her well.

I then spayed the shaving cream on the table

Some kids have this reaction to the shaving cream.

And some kids have this reaction. Either way, they approach this material in their own way.

They smudged and smeared. They drew and erased. They piled it up and squished it down. I then added some of the colored chalk with the sieve, like rain. The shaving cream then became a new experience again.

Both parents and children did a lot of laughing and exploring.

Happy Exploring.