This project focused on exploring with grapefruit in a unique way, since all the children know that grapefruit is meant to be eaten and not to be played with.
We added a twist to the Grapefruit, we used the light table in the hallway for a better view of the color and texture of the fruit. The only materials that the children were provided with were slices of grapefruit, various watercolors, and we taped a large paper to the table. We chose watercolors for exploring different colors, and instead of using paintbrushes we gave the children grapefruit to have them paint with.
Others used fingers instead of the grapefruit to paint. One child took it to the next level, instead of using the grapefruit on her fingers she decided to pour the different colors on the paper, when she did that she just looked at the teacher with a smile and continued to watch the colors mix with each other and run down the paper. Every time she would pour the colors she was amazed and would say “Wow!” with a grin and then use her hands to smear the paint and to splash onto the paper. Another child chose to use only his fingers as paintbrushes. Others were eager to taste what they had in front of them.
This provocation allowed the children to explore and make observations on Grapefruit without using their sense of taste. It was a great opportunity for the children to experience how thinking outside of the box makes room for richer discoveries. In doing so, this project demonstrated how to perceive an ordinary object in an extraordinary way. This alone is a meaningful lesson for each child because it gives them the opportunity to see the beauty and potential of the world around them. When they are older even more objects (and topics) will captivate them; they will be extremely agile in real-world situations, where others may see something as ordinary and dull they will see them as prospective discoveries.
The purpose of this project was for the children to have an open mind about art and fruit, incorporating it in a wonderful way to learn about texture, colors mixing, and new ideas that they may want to explore. Based on one of the children’s discoveries, we would like to further this project in the near future by setting up an area where the children can explore pouring watercolors and observe how it moves down the paper.