We enjoy taking inspiration from nature. This time we looked at the beauty and tranquillity of a meadow. During this activity, we worked on mastering hand movement and observational skills.
“The human hand, so delicate and so complicated not only allows the mind to reveal itself but it enables the whole being to enter into special relationships with its environment. We might even say that man takes possession of his environment with his hands.” Maria Montessori
Before this activity, we spent lots of time looking, smelling, touching, and exploring the natural world during our nature walks and incorporating natural materials into activities at home.
“We cannot create observers by saying observe, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses
” – Maria Montessori
This time we looked at a couple of examples of a meadow using prompts. Misa looked at the colors of the sky, grass, flowers to decide which paint colors to use. We talked about shapes and forms of flowers, sky, and grass. We kept it very, very simple.
- acrylic paints
- a piece of paper A3
- Three paintbrushes to experiment with different paint strokes
- cup of water for washing brushes
- sponge for drying the brush before dipping it into the next color
I asked Misa to identify things she sees on a meadow – she pointed to grass and flowers. I suggested to choose a different brush to paint grass, this time using strokes going down – up or visa versa.
When looking closer at the pictures, Misa pointed to the different colors of flowers that grow on the meadow, and I asked if she would like me to have a turn painting them on her meadow. She agreed, and I made a few dots with a brush. She decided to use a different size brush to paint flowers. Misa was happy to follow my example. However, it would be fine with me if she didn’t. I was only there to set a couple of examples and introduce her to different primary ways to operate her paintbrush. After that, it’s entirely up to her if she wanted to experiment with it or not.
We allowed the paints to dry and put it on display in her room. I kept the lesson short and sweet. Later, I was delighted to see her using the same paint strokes to paint pictures in her free time.
During this activity the child:
- learned to pay attention to details
- transfer ideas on a paper through observing visual stimuli
- practiced to paint horizontal and vertical lines and make different sizes of dots.