In our exploration of Absorption, the children were presented with a new provocation that included doing sponge painting. The teachers set up the table with white tissue paper stretched all the way across it and then layed out some small sponges and paint trays filled with water colors. The goal was to invite the children over to discover the cause and effect of them saturating the sponges with the water colors and observing how much was released onto the paper through the sponges’ absorption of it.
The children immediately came to investigate this provocation and took quickly to grabbing the sponges and dipping them into the assortment of water colors.
They then began to dab the sponge onto the paper and push down to see the colors rush out.
The wetness really got them excited which led them to splatting the sponge down on the paper so that they could see the water jump and soon the tissue paper was covered in beautiful colors.
This provocation provided them with defining their fine motor skills and learning cause and effect through the absorption of the water colors into the sponges.