To celebrate the arrival of spring, the educators took the possum children to the oval near our centre so they could collect “the signs of spring”. The children enjoyed admiring the beauty all around them, while they counted the flowers they picked. This was great way for the possum children to practise their numeracy skills.
The children collected lots of daisy flowers at the oval, because they thought these were the signs of spring.
After they returned to the classroom, some of the children wanted to use their flowers in a craft activity. So they were given the opportunity to stick their flowers on some black paper to create beautiful artwork.
The children became curious when they had difficulty sticking the flowers to the paper. So the educators provided them with some contact adhesive, to keep the flowers in place.
The children designed lots of different patterns with their daisy flowers.
The possum children used play to investigate the oval for signs of spring by exploring new ideas. They showed they were developing a connection to their world. The children also used their senses to explore nature, their own ideas and beliefs by using their imagination and creativity.
Nature is the ultimate learning environment for children. It provides an endless source of art and craft materials for children to use when creating. Materials like shells, leaves, flowers, seed pods, pine cones, bark, branches are naturally produced by the environment. They can also be easily recycled back into the environment without releasing poisonous gases into the atmosphere.
Maria Montessori once said, “There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature”.