Pre-school have been practising their scissor skills, cutting up cabbage and cauliflower and making them into paintbrushes.
Investigating the different textures and thicknesses of the vegetables, we thought about how best to cut them. We discussed safety and that we must be careful to hold the cabbage or cauliflower steady as it might be slippery and slimy, keeping our other hand free to snip through with the scissors. This made a fantastic change from cutting paper, card and other materials and the children we thought it would be fun to try cutting up some of the cauliflower into sticks that we could use as paintbrushes. With some adult help to cut through the thick cauliflower we did it! The sticks worked really well, so we mixed different colours together dipped the cauliflower brushes in and used them to see what new marks we could make.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self-confidence and self-awareness – Shows confidence in asking adults for help, 30-50 months.
Communication and Language: Listening and attention – Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity, 40-60 months.
Communication and Language: Understanding – Understands use of objects (e.g. “What do we use to cut things?’) 30-50 months.
Physical Development: Moving and Handling – Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors, 30-50 months.
Physical Development: Health and self-care – Understands that equipment and tools have to be used safely, 30-50 months.
Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials – Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect, 40-60 months.