Episode 5: Across Art Forms, Across the Curriculum with Brian Hartley
Posts By: Catherine Wilson
For wee ones (or adults!) who struggle with confidence when mark-making, drawing without looking at your paper can be a great way of getting rid of the idea of your creations having to “look” like something.
A mandala (“circle” in Sanskirt) is a circular pattern dating back as far as 400BC, used in religions including Buddhism and Hinduism. You can use natural materials, small objects or toys. Place one item in the centre, then radiate layers outwards to build concentric circles.
When wee ones use cameras, we get to see their perspective of the world and they can show us details and views we might normally miss!
This idea really helps you look at shapes in the world around you and turn them into movements and pictures. Use your finger in the air to trace a line around the furniture, or a tree, explaining as you go: “That’s the top, now down the side” etc.
Lay your wee one on a blanket or towel on a smooth floor and slide them gently across the floor. Chat to them as you move – maybe they’re taking a ride on Santa’s sleigh, or sliding across a frozen pond?
Most wee ones go through a stage where they LOVE wrapping and unwrapping – the good news is that doesn’t mean you need to buy new toys every day! Use a light scarf or muslin cloth to wrap up every day objects to be discovered.
If your wee one needs to wind-down but isn’t in the mood to sit still, find some slow Christmassy music online, switch off the big light and slow dance in the dim light from the Christmas tree.
Christmas is full of new smells for wee ones! This dough helps them explore them (and makes your kitchen smell like a winter wonderland). The secret is leaving ingredients to steep in hot water – you can use cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, cloves. Once the water has cooled, add in your flour and knead until you have a dough!
It’s time to upgrade peekaboo! Cover your face with both hands – when you move them away, show us a different expression on your face. Great for festive video calls with wee ones.