• collection of instruments • other toys in the nursery – these children chose to use the cars, another day might result in different connections
• CD player and selection of music • paper • paint
After about 20 mins of investigative play with the instruments with children coming and going, we introduced some paint alongside some small shakers and we also painted on a mirror so the children were able to see themselves while painting.
After some painting, we played some world music CD’s and this prompted more interest in the instruments.
It became apparent that the toy cars became a way of exploring the instruments. Some children moved between playing with the cars and with the instruments, making sounds with the cars on the instruments and making journeys specifically to instruments never explored before.
The cars then became the main focus of play on the empty table. With music still playing in the background we covered the table in white paper and added some paint rollers joining in with the car wheels rolling over the paper. After this we added some paint dabbers and the children used these alongside their cars and started mark making.
We took the painting outside after lunch and were joined by the older children. They were painting straight onto the board and so we tried printing by laying paper over the painted board and peeling it off. This proved to be a very popular and interesting activity and the children printed one after another for some time so we stuck every one up onto the fencing and found it hard to keep up with the speed of which the work was being passed to us!
Then the paint moved to the feet! And we got very messy. And even the cleaning up became a game. Some children washed – then painted – then washed their hands again and again