Cohort 5 has always greatly enjoyed water play. One of our very first additions to water play was the introduction of color to our water. While we still greatly enjoy bringing a simple tub of water out during the day, we recently decided to take our interests a step further and work with water colors. First the children painted with very watered down water colors. This gave them a chance to work with the brushes (a new tool for many of them) and paper with minimal permanence. They were very focused on the process of getting the brush from the container of color to the paper itself.
Recently, though, they used the water colors at their full strength. The past experience with the brushes was evident in the way each child worked on their own paper. LC carefully dabbed the tip of her brush into the water color before moving it quickly to the paper, attempting to minimize the loss of water color on the way. IS had a different technique to accomplish this same goal: he would dip his brush heavily into the color then held the brush above the container to let it drip a while before moving it to his paper.