Master the art of letting go…live for the moment and enjoy! What children are designed to do!!
In response to the children’s interests in writing and water, we decided to bring in the Buddha boards this week for them to explore, create and reflect.
What is a Buddha board?
Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint on
the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the
water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate
and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece.
We have mostly been in exploration mode this week, as the children are intrigued by it’s transformation.
Practicing with Paint
In addition to the Buddha boards we have also continued to practice our basic painting skills. We practice squeezing the small bottles of paint in order to independently supply themselves with little dabs of paint. This is a great skill set to work on with the children as it requires great focus, and uses their large and small muscles in their fingers and grip. We talked about having too much paint and not wanting to waste it. We also explored using watercolor pallets and experimented with adding water to the pallets to activate the colors. We also discussed the importance of cleaning our brushes. We practiced swirling them around in water to remove the paint. With practice we hope these skills become an everyday routine, so the sprouts can create (and care for materials) independently.
Cars and Creations
This week we continued to see an interest with building and cars. Some children played with the cars independently, just driving them around the windowsills, shelves, and other various surfaces around the room. Other sprouts used the cars and built structures around them or created tracks for the cars to drive upon.
Where do we go from here?
- We keep watching their interaction with the Buddha boards, listening to their stories and watching the social interaction around the Buddha boards. We have placed the boards on the mirror table to see if the reflective nature of the table might catch an interest and take us in a direction!
- We will keep practicing our paint care in order to help the sprouts be able to create more independently and continue to learn and practice new fundamental art skills. Once we have mastered these fundamental skills we are able to advance to more complex materials such as clay and wood working.
- We will watch as the buildings and creations evolve. Perhaps we will eventually understand the fascination of the cars- is it the wheels? The movement? The familiarity and exposure? Why are so many children drawn to them?
Have a great weekend! Love, Ms. Linda, Ms. Madison, and Ms. Lala