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Exploring the Color Red

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. Continue reading

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Shadow Box

Recently the children have been studying and learning about the plant cycle and its structure through hands on experience exploring different parts of the plants and observing the cycle of plant life. Continue reading

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Pineapple Exploration

Recently the children have been studying the color yellow in class. They explored the color yellow in different materials, from play-doh, flowers outside, to paint and water our food exploration for the week incorporated yellow in different aspects so pineapple was a great material to explore the color further. Continue reading

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Colored Tiles

For this activity we wanted the children to experience sound and color while having fun with math. The teachers placed a variety of colored tiles inside a large water tray and placed it on top of the light table. This allowed the tiles to illuminate under the water and enticed the children to practice their counting. Continue reading

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Leaf & Twig Paintbrushes

One week for our art experience the teachers wanted to give the children an opportunity to explore nature in a more creative way so, they collected different types of leaves of different texture and small twigs to make nature inspired paint brushes. Small bunches of the leaves were tied to the twig using fishing line and then laid out on white paper with some cups filled with bright-colored paint.



The children did not hesitate to investigate throughout this provocation at all. They were very inquisitive and examined each of the brushes carefully by running their fingers through the leaves and feeling the outer texture of the rough and bumpy twig.

As they explored the twigs they dipped the brush into the paint cups and naturally stroked it onto the paper themselves. This was an amazing observation for the teachers. Previously the children have been given regular paintbrushes before and in using that type of brush the children didn’t show as much interest compared to using the nature inspired brushes. Even after stroking the paint onto the paper the children would run their fingers through the leaves and examine the paint they collected onto their fingers then proceed to dip the brush back into the cup of paint again. The infants not only enjoyed this nature experience but also were engaged during the provocation as they participated and explored for a significant amount of time.


Photo-May-21-2-06-43-PMThere are many benefits in allowing children the opportunity to interact with nature. One of them being that nature is not only refreshing, but it is calming to a child and reduces stress, making it easier for them to participate in projects in the classroom.  A diverse variety of plant life encourages the children to interact with nature in more ways and more frequently. Even at this age the children are learning through exploration how to differentiate twigs from leaves and understand that both come from Mother Nature.  According to the Natural Learning Initiative, nature is crucial for children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development.

Allowing the children to paint with an unconventional tool provides the children with valuable experience to think and explore outside of the box in a safe and educational environment as they connect with nature and paint.


“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”



Reference and additional reading:

Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

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