The snow on our playground melted and created a landscape of mud, ice, and dirt for the toddlers to play in this week. Early in the week, one child described the dirt-covered area by the climbing stumps as “the beach” and drove his car to and from that spot while shouting goodbye to his friends. Children rediscovered stones that had been buried by the snow and collected them in buckets as they walked along the playground. With the snow gone, children were also able to find sticks large and small in the garden boxes lining the wooden stage. Some children tried fitting sticks through the hole in the picnic table, which many children investigated during the beginning of the school year! A few others learned they could make music with the sticks by banging them on the metal pole that holds our birdhouse.
After a rainstorm, the playground was saturated with mud and children squeezed, squished, and stomped through it. While marching through the mud, one child noticed her boots "stuck" and needed help stepping out of a particularly gooey spot. Some children pretended dried mud pieces were “chocolate cookies” and handed them out to teachers. Near a puddle-filled area of the playground, kindergarten students pretended to be sanitation workers and toddlers helped them fill trucks with mud. The next day, toddlers continued this work by saying the area was "a work site" and saying they needed to "punch the dirt." Everyone noticed that the mud made their clothing and hands messy. Some children asked to wash their hands right away while others enjoyed the sensation and even wondered what mud might taste like.
Inside, children used pencils and colored pencils to make marks inside of small, handmade journals. They made marks, sharpened pencils, and filled pages of their own mini journals. One child said she wrote her name and told her friends she was writing their names in her journal. Another friend proudly said: "My book," as she showed it to a teacher.
During art studio this week, children used stamps and ink pads to create artwork on large pieces of paper that we spread over the tables. It was our first experience using ink pads this year, and many children wanted to scrape the ink off and experience the interesting texture. A child who was very interested in the texture of the ink pads dug his fingers into the pad and announced: "Squishy!" One child discovered a star stamp and said: "Twinkle, twinkle!" as she picked it up. One child who used her fingers and hands exclaimed: "My hand all black!" after covering it with ink. After stamping it on the paper, she said: "My hand!" when she recognized her handprint. To preserve the ink for later, teachers replaced the ink pads with trays of paint. Once the paint was available, children dipped their fingers and many kinds of stamps into the paint and created marks and patterns on the paper.
You could ask your child about the work they did with mud on our playground. You could ask: "What did the mud feel like?" "How did you pick the mud up?" "What happened to your clothes and your boots?"
You could also ask your child about their journal: "What did you put inside it?" "How did you make those marks?" "What does this page say?"
Please read the following reminders:
Professional Development Day
Monday, March 13th will be a professional development day for Breakwater faculty. We will see you on Tuesday!
Please bring in extra clothing as we continue to play in the mud and explore messy art materials!
Extra Plastic Bags
If you have any extra plastic shopping bags at your home, please consider donating them to our classroom! They are very helpful for packing wet clothes and for diaper changes.
Enjoy the pictures of our adventures below!
Fun in the Dirt and Mud
Art Studio: Stamping with Paint
Journals: Making New Marks
More Fun Photos