really it was b week….and we rolled a ball for our project time.
with three blobs of paint (primary colors) on a paper covered table and one ball, we created this:
almost immediately we could see secondary colors emerging. some children knew right away what was happening, others looked to the paint bottles to see if there was a green, orange or purple one.
the only instruction was to wear a paint shirt and move up close to the table.
when the ball rolled to you, you simply rolled it somewhere else. it became clear who wanted a turn (and who didn’t!) and we teachers could help facilitate turn taking.
we let the children roll as long as they liked. some were done within moments, others lasted until it was a two person activity.
we tried to make our bodies like a fence around the table to keep the ball in. but that ball was tricky and fell on the floor many times. glad i had helpers to clean (why can’t i have as much fun cleaning my floor as they do?).
at the end of the day (and after a fan blew on the projects) i cut the papers apart so each could take part of the masterpiece home. it was a new concept for some that they were taking home part of a group project, and could simply choose any paper they wanted (no names to look for!).
you can almost see their minds expanding.