Upper Foundation Stage did some fantastic investigative learning yesterday afternoon.
The children were presented with a number of mysterious white tubs during their free flow activity. By reading the labels and looking inside they were able to identify the contents…powder paint! It was discovered that if the powder paint was mixed with water it would turn in to a liquid and no matter how much powder was added, the liquid would not turn back to a powder.
With their newly created liquid paint the children painted their own mini-beasts. They were then challenged to use the powder paint to colour in a large butterfly that had been outlined on the playground. By using the smooth, fine powder the butterfly was filled with a rainbow of colours. It was also found that new colours could be created by mixing the existing colours! The children even recognised that if the looked at their creation from above the could figure out what parts of their creation required a little more attention.
Here is what some of our children thought:
Darcy: We made a massive butterfly with lots of colours.
Orlaith: We looked at it from the climbing frame, we could see it better because it is higher. The paint was like powder.
Darcy: We mixed the powder with water and it went like coloured water.
Orlaith: We used our hands and rollers to mix the coloured powder.
Darcy: I got paint in my hair making snow angels in the powder.
Orlaith: The paint angels mixed the paint to make different colours.