The morning was spent gardening and luckily Noah found some juice long worms in our veggie patch. We looked at the worms… Finn tried to eat the worms.
Noah’s imagination kicked in and he said that these worms were actually anacondas that were living in the Amazon Forest in Brazil.
What a great start of the day – anacondas in the Amazon Juggle are screaming for some mud.
Noah got the hose, Finn holds it while trying to drink the water from it, and we add a bit of water in a container. Noah dug some dirt. Finn ate some dirt.
Mixing, stirring, testing consistency. Improving misture and adding the worms.
I was not comforatbale at all about adding the worms into the play – poor worms, I could just visualise Finn’s hands on them! But instead of jumping to Noah and asking not to do it, I questioned him:
- Do you think it’s a good idea to put the worms in our mud?
- What might happen to the worms?
- How do you think the worm might feel when our hands are going through the Amazon Forest?
Noah ddecided wasn’t fair to add the worms. Instead he grabbed a few animals from his room.
They can live in the Amazon. That’s ok. Let’s pretend the Anacondas were hibernating now”
Heaven! Instead of stopping Noah from adding the worms, by asking him questions, I allowed him to critically reflect on the issue, come up with a solution and even add a new concept to our play – Hibernation!
We talked about the topic.
- What species hibernate?
- What is hibernation?
- What happens to the animals that hibernate? How can they eat?
Next to the mud we ended up making some blue slime – great sensory experience for Finn. Slime + mud!
How Do We Make Slime
There’s a heap of fancy slime recipes – we keep it simple. We mix water, food colour and cornflour, test it. If too runny we add more cornflour, if too thick more water.
The photo below shows our canoes made out of palm leaves and elastic bands – they are waterproof and highly resistent
With all this mud and slime, Noah also got the “Wombat Stew” book out. Finn enjoyed Noah’s performance while he had his morning tea.
Colouring In Between The Lines
If you ask most Early Childhood Teachers about colour in experiences, they will tell you that there’s way better option to gain the same skills and increase creativity. I must agree with that but today this was a necessity!
We got given these beautiful solid wooden blocks and we thought they could make a pretty drink stand for our outdoor area.
We measure a few marks, add painters tape and got the paints out
And so, Noah coloured in between the lines, carefully, patiently because this was oil-based paint not water-based. He knew that if he crossed the line it will be there forever (not that I really care about that!! mistakes give personality to our pieces!)
Now, Noah’s art work is displayed in our outdoor area and I get enjoy my coffee there after the beach!
Disclosure: This project was a made while Finn was asleep. I took Noah 2 days of afternoons sleeps to conclude his project
This post is part of our Wonder School