Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sound Suits and Super Heroes

The MWF class has been working hard on their own version of "Sound Suits" after visiting the Nick Cave exhibit at the art museum.  The children have been bringing in materials to make our suits.  Below, everyone started out by painting a t-shirt . . . 

We thought adding some beads might make a nice sound and add some color.  Good job, Jack!

It was Colin's idea for us to "perform" in our suits, the rhyme, "Hey Diddle, Diddle."  He made an illustration for us.

Colin also sported lots of green for St. Patrick's Day! and we found gold outside.

The T/Th group began an experiment of tracking how water travels through plants by putting stalks of celery in colored water.

And they have just plain been enjoying playing TOGETHER- whether it be playing super heroes or making roads for the cars in the blocks - wonderful interaction, communication, imagination and conversation.

You can use a purse to hold your cars . . .

"Here's some soap, Sinh."

"I like this truck."

So busy outside too!

Our T/Th group exhibited great rhythm and ability to keep a beat when it was their turn to play on the drums!

On a windy day we chased battery operated cars down the hallway.

MWF group continued their Sound Suit and Hey Diddle Diddle preparation by painting some fun moons that Hazel brought in.  So pretty!  And thank you, Hazel!

We are experimenting with ironing plastic bags together as another source to paint and add to our suits.

Paper bags cut up can provide a unique bottom part to our suits.  Nice cutting, Colin.

And, we must pause to play, "picnic."

And Colin gave us a tutorial about the planets.

The T/Th group decided to create their own beanstalk.

Molly has discovered how to color with more than one marker!

A busy week full of projects, playacting and friendship!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Preparing for Spring
A Field Trip to the Denver Art Museum

Above, Hazel LOVES to peruse our scrap book.  Colin added a new page for us.  Below, I have aspirations that we could have a preschool drumming circle - we need to learn how to keep a beat . . . time will tell!

Lately the kids have been playacting "Miss Jill,"  below, it's Colin's turn . . .

On a "looking for spring" walk, we collected branches for a project.

We viewed the barren-seeming field that will become a garden that we will help with soon.

Jack and the Beanstalk is a good  book to read when hoping for spring-like weather.

We went ahead and planted our own beans.

And played in some dirt!

A sculpture at the DAM!  We looked at pictures of what we might see on this trip and Colin recognized this right away.

The Nick Cave hands-on exhibit . . . 

There was a huge screen with a video of his sound suits dancing.

We travelled across the bridge to the other building . . .

And engaged in some activities with support from museum staff.

Assemble .  . . 

Laminate . . . 

Ta-daaaa!  Pretty!

These blocks were so fun because they were light and soft.

Go Colin . . build!


There was a neat replica of the museum to play at . . .

Hmmm, look at all the hand prints - which is the same size as ours?

Sculpture you can touch!

Ok, let's hunker down and look at some paintings!  Noe noticed the paintings with horses.

We all decided we liked these paintings because they were familiar.  We have all seen a windmill and the picture beneath reminded us of our mountains.

Wow, lots of sky.

More activities - smile!

We each made a postcard (you might receive in the mail...).

Hold onto the railing - LOTS of steps.

Lunch time.  Colin said, "Are we going to be able to go down the slide today?"  We had numerous compliments about the children's fantastic behavior, by the way.

We were able to experiment with MANY different ways to draw . . .

Minimalism at it's best - nice job, Noe!

A little solo easel time for Hazel . . .

Ok, let's conquer this thing!  A wonderful trip.

The T/Th gang made their own "pretend gardens."  They each picked a color for their personal soil.

Nice gardens, kids!