How can we connect the children's experiences to color, which we have primarily offered through paint at this point in the year, with another material and means of expression, or language?
Our idea was to use cellophane paper, in the primary colors, on the light table. Not only do the children interact with the familiar and well loved colors of red, yellow, and blue but it also allows for the happy accidents of color mixing. The children are able to extend their experiences with color by moving and arranging the colored shapes. This helps them to build upon their existing knowledge of color and expands that knowledge, as they further develop their relationship to the languages of color and light. As for the shapes, they added possibility for geometric design and of course they added an element of fun as well. Who says learning can't be fun? We learned about squares, right triangles, and equilateral triangles.
"We used triangles." -Janie
Giacomo works alongside Lochie:
"I'm going to make a path all the way around." -Lochie
Above: Lochie's completed path arrangement
Janie places many shapes, mostly triangles, beginning with yellow (a color she favors) on the light table.