Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The children have always loved playing with water outside. Usually one of the first things we hear when we get out into the yard is "Can we fill the basin?!" Pouring, scooping, splashing, and dumping; working with small and large quantities of water; mixing water with cornstarch, flour, salt, and other materials; we have found many different ways to play with water outside.
Inside, water has been used frequently in our art, as a vital ingredient in watercolor paint and as a component in our work with watercolor pencils, water-soluble crayons, and other blend-able art mediums.
One afternoon as we gathered at the table after nap, I took out a collection of smooth river rocks. I offered each child at the table a small amount of the stones on a dish, along with a paintbrush and some water in a little bowl.
With such simple materials, many different forms of play emerge, using creative and fine motor skills, experimenting with balance, cause and effect, and storytelling. No instructions or suggestions were needed, just simple materials, and space and time to experiment.