The children have been exploring different colors and one week the color study was red. In one of their many projects throughout the week with the color Red, the children participated in an art with sound activity. In this activity the children created an art piece at the same time they created sounds. As a result this provocation served as a very creative sensory experience for them.
In making this provocation, the teachers wanted the children to experience painting in a new way so they substituted regular washable paint with homemade red icing. The teachers whipped some white icing and red food coloring together and for more sensory play, added dishwashing scrubbers with beads inside the handles in place of using regular paintbrushes.
These homemade items made the children very engaged with the sensory experience. The noisemaker scrubbers worked really well in creating sounds as the children would shake them up and down and side to side on the icing, making a great impression with the bristles.
The bristles themselves showed to be just as entertaining to the children as they would stop shaking the scrubber to investigate its hard bendy texture. After slipping their fingers in between the bristles, they would then collect the red icing that they also explored by squeezing it in their hands and at times even tasting it.
This provocation provided the children with a profound sensory experience as they continue explore colors, in this case red through various loose parts. The children learned more about textures and practiced their fine motor skills by using their hands to squeeze the icing as they touched the bristles.
Sensory play enhances learning because it engages the children’s senses. This helps the learning process to be more intuitive and allows the children to retain more information. Incorporating taste, smell, touch, sight, and listening into their exploration aids in developing and heightening memory. These are valuable skills to practice and have in order to understand and complete complex learning tasks.
Utilizing different loose part materials with the color red put an emphasis on this particular color to the children. Loose parts materials supports open-ended learning, this gives the children the freedom to explore based off their own inquiries because the materials do not have a predetermined use. Stimulating sensory experiences such as this one provided in a safe and receptive environment help the children to develop detailed wiring of the brain by creating neural pathways. By combining sensory play into the provocation the children are more likely to remember the acquired information and apply it to future educational explorations.
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