We decided for this Wonderful Wednesday to focus on American art since the fourth of July is right around the corner. Before getting started for the day, we had a lovely time playing in the garden and after a dance party, the toddlers joined us outside.
We started with an American art folder which is usually in Ms. Claire's classroom. Pictured below are famous paintings from other American artists, including Norman Rockwell. The coolest part of the paintings is that they all depict some place within the United States--including the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. The children examined each picture closely as we talked about each one.
We had a red, white and blue snack--with fresh strawberries, blueberries and popcorn. Our friends love to eat!
Andy Warhol is probably most famous for his Campbell's soup can prints--did you know he made hundreds of them in varying colors? We decided to try our own "Pop Art" by making collages of brightly colored ladybugs.
The children enjoyed learning about modern artist, Jackson Pollock, who became famous for his over-sized abstract paintings that he created by splattering, dripping and splashing paint on the canvas. His method of painting was called Action Painting by the art critics. Pollock felt that his art was a way to express his feelings. The children LOVED creating their own "action painting" out in the garden.
And after our Pollock inspired paintings, we were ready to go for outdoor water play!
Of course, facials were a must during our outside water play!
After our playtime, we came in, cleaned up and ate lunch together. To finish up our day, we did some yoga. We all had a wonderful time! See you on July 11!
For our first Wonderful Wednesday, we decided to learn about Vincent Van Gogh. The children loved hearing about him, seeing his self portrait and learning fun facts about him. Did you know that Van Gogh was one of the first painters to use colors to show moods and feelings instead of painting in realistic colors? Or that sometimes he was in such a hurry to paint on his canvas that he bypassed using a brush and just squeezed paint onto the canvas and created the painting using his fingers?
Since sunflowers were a favorite of Van Gogh while he lived in the South of France, we decided to focus on them today.
After our sunflower snack, we got right to painting our own versions of Van Gogh's sunflower painting and we discovered we have quite a few budding artists!
Then we did a little color study and made our own color wheel mosaics to take home. We also made sure to sing the "Rainbow Song".
And of course, no Wonderful Wednesday would be complete without time to play in the garden!
We all had a blast and look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!
We started our last day of camp with an awesome surprise brought in by Ms. Katherine - a jar full of ladybugs! Since we hadn't been able to find any in our garden the day before this was especially exciting.
The children loved looking at the ladybugs through this special magnifying lens cap on the jar.
A few even escaped! After looking at the ladybugs, we started our art project for the day - mosiacs. The subjects the children chose to made ranged form a cricket to a tree to a rocket ship.
Friday was a special day, because our friend L. turned 3! We marked the occasion with our Primary Class's traditional celebration. Ms. Claire lit a candle to represent the sun and L. carried the globe around the sun 3 times - once for each year she has been on this earth. We then sang happy birthday and another special birthday song. Finally, we had some yummy fruit popscicles to mark the occasion. Happy Birthday!
We closed our last day of camp by having a picnic on our towels. A great time was had by all and we hope you'll be joining us for our Wonderful Wednesday art camps starting June 20th.
The past two days our camp fun has continued and we have learned all about butterflies and ladybugs. Using different types of noodles, the children studied the life cycle of the butterfly.
Today we made ladybugs and learned that ladybugs can help keep our garden healthy.
On Wednesday we made smoothies since butterflies like to eat sweet things, like nectar. Our smoothies consisted of orange juice, frozen berries, and bananas. Yummy!
Today, L. was super excited about making a 'ladybug' snack with apples, sunbutter and raisins.
While searching for ladybugs, these girls found a small insect on the mud pie mixer.
L. found 4 ripe tomatoes!
After experimenting with color mixing and playing in the water, these children warmed up in the sun.
We played more parachute games and an insect version of Simon Says. In this picture the children are being ants, because ants follow each other.
Our tie-dye shirts turned out beautiful! If you can, wear yours tomorrow for our camp picture. Finally, remember to send in your change for the 100 Wells Challenge. You can watch a 2 minute video about it here.
We made camp shirts using tie dye today. First we made our designs with rubber bands, then soaked the shirts to water so they would absorb the dye better.
The children enjoyed choosing colors and squirting them onto their shirt. We are going to let the dye sit overnight and we can't wait to see our beautiful creations in the morning!
We learned all about ants today, so of course we had to have 'ants on a log' for our snack. Our art project consisted of making an ant with three body parts - head, thorax and abdomen. We also learned that ants are really strong and use their antennae to help them sense where they are going.
Finally, the sun was shining and we got out our pool and splash pad! A great time was had by all and they really enjoyed playing in the water.
Having access to clean water like this is something that is very easy to take for granted. Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries walk several hours to collect water that is safe for their families to drink. Sadly, too often the water that they find is contaminated. Unclean water causes millions of people, especially young children, to contract preventable deadly diseases every year.
COLCMS is joining with COL Sunday School and Youth to help collect change for the 100 Wells Challenge. Just $2500 will build a well that can bring clean water to as many as 500 families at a time. COL has already raised $1200 with the help of Thrivent matching funds - half a well! Please send in your spare change so we can add it to what has already been raised. We'll have a red bucket to collect change. (The above information came from this website where you can read more about the project.)
Sleepy children on the ride home...
We're looking forward to more fun tomorrow!
We had a great first day of nature camp with some old and new friends!
After a little playtime, we played listening games outside. We heard lots of birds and crickets!
Then we played a game inside with some objects Ms. Claire found in the garden - bark, a gum ball, clover, a stick, and a leaf.
She covered the objects with a bandana and the children had to guess which one was missing. Then the children took turns doing the same.
One of our new friends really enjoyed the ball tracker! And I love the way Baby L. is checking out the action from the Ergo carrier.
After the game, we noticed there was a squirrel out by the picnic tables. He was there for quite a while, giving the children a chance to observe his antics.
For our art project, we made two types of butterflies. The first was painted and then folded over to demonstrate symmetry.
The second was made with food coloring and coffee filters. We'll be sending home all the finished products on Friday.
After art, we enjoyed playing outside and scrubbing the pirate ship to clean it! The weather wasn't very summery so we decided to wait to bring out the big water play until tomorrow.
We had a picnic lunch in the garden. In this picture some of our current students are showing their new friends how we say the blessing before eating. Our blessing is to the tune of 'Frere Jaques'
God our Father, God our Father,
Once again, once again
We ask your blessing, we ask your blessing
After lunch we got cleaned up and played some parachute games until it was time to go. In this picture the children are 'waking up' their sleeping friends. A great time was had by all and we can't wait to see you tomorrow!
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