I decided to put a plexi-glass plate right over the sensory bin. (If you remember the cribs we dismantled, I saved the plexi-glass ends! The plexi-glass makes a great transparent tabletop… and is a wonderful surface to paint on!) I wanted to make sure that the children had ample choice in paint color, and that it was a self-service station. The squeeze bottles of tempera work great for this, and all of that squeezing is great for their fine motor skill development!
Two children worked at the station at a time. They chose which paints that they wanted to squeeze out onto the surface, and then they started to roll the corn in the paint.
The processes of squeezing the paint and rolling the corn along were enough to keep most of them busy for quite some time. However, some of the children wanted to roll their corn onto paper too!
So, when they were ready, each child was given a sweater box sized tote and as much paper as their hearts desired. The could then drop the paint covered corn in and tilt the box to roll the corn back and forth.
For some of the other children, they were perfectly content to keep squeezing and rolling the paint on the plexi-glass surface.
For some of the children, they really didn’t want to roll the corn in the separate bins. They were perfectly content to continue to squeeze and roll on the plexi-glass. This is something that we really need to remember with children and their art. They need time and the freedom to really explore and we need to respect their process. (You can read more on the process of art here.)
One of the reasons I really like to take photos and to share them with parents is that they can gain a greater understanding of the processes and steps their children take throughout the day. Even though the child was done with their mixing and rolling of paint, I thought that it would be nice to try to capture some of the color and pattern by pressing paper down on the paint, creating a print of their work:
After I made one print, a couple of the other children decided that they wanted to try this process too. If the paper picks up the paint and the pattern lines from the corn… What happens if I draw with the paint and then push the paper down?
Some of the children went home with artwork that day… some of them chose to make prints or to paint on paper, while other were more than content to use a temporary canvas.