By Haven Mitchell-Rose
As the weather gets colder, we must move our play and exploration from the vast outdoors into our considerably smaller living rooms. despite the space limitation the possibilities for creative play endless. If you're running low on ideas, have no fear! Spellbound is here to help with some creative play suggestions that you and your little one can do from the comfort - and warmth - of home.
Aaand our indoor theme for this week? Pictures: Drawn, collaged, and posed!
Be There Or Be Square!
In one of our explorers classes this week, we read the book "Perfect Square" by Michael Hall. This book tells the story of a square who is transformed into many other shapes, all comprised of parts of the original square. Now you and your little one can experience the exciting world of collage pictures, beginning with the square...
Hole punch (optional)
Step 1: Present your child with a square cut from construction paper (If you feel comfortable with your child using scissors, allow them to help you cut)
Step 2: Give your child a chance to explore the shape, hold it, feel the edges, and count sides and corners if that is interesting to them
Step 3: Allow your child to rip (or cut depending on your comfort level with them handling scissors) the square to see how many other shapes they can make. (for infants you will have to do this for them, but make sure to show them every thing you do, and let them hold and/ or touch each new shape so that they remain engaged.
Step 4: Once your done exploring, and you and your child have arranged the shapes in a satisfying way, glue them to another piece of construction paper
Challenge: If you and your little one want to add more to your collage, trying beginning with a circle instead of a square, or any other shape you can think of!
Pencils and paper are not the only ways we can make pictures. In this next indoor picture activity, you are a book author who needs your little one's help in creating pictures for their latest book.
Costume pieces/ props from around the house (optional)
Camera (real or imaginary)
Step 1: Select a story to tell your child, it can be one that they already know, or a brand new one.
Step 2: Tell the story pausing every so often to allow your child to create a picture for that chunk of story with their body. (for infants you can dress them up and/ or pose them while you tell the story)
Step 3: Take a picture with a real camera, or an imaginary one, of your child's pose
Step 4: Repeat with each section of the story until it is finished.
Challenge: If you and your little on are felling extra crafty, and you used a real camera, print the pictures you took, staple them together into a book that you and you child can add too with writing and drawings.
As always, please share any aquatic pictures/ videos you take to our Facebook Page with the hashtag #saySpellbound
Lauren Jost, Director