This week we are exploring the contrast between black and white. We have been drawing on white paper with black pens of differing thicknesses and today the children were presented with an invitation to explore this contrast even further using play dough.
The table was covered with a black tablecloth and on it was placed laminated black and white cards with feathers, smooth glass beads, buttons and shapes and the playdough. Unfortunately the black food colouring we used, made the playdough grey, not black, but the children were still drawn to it as we had made grey paint the day before for another project.
It was interesting to observe the children exploring the colour contrast between the dough and the materials.
The photos with the black/grey playdough look they are black and white but are in fact colour.
They made patterns.
Some children made familiar things such as birds because of the feathers.
A bird and nest……
The back view of these birds.
Some of their other creations.
When I first reflected upon this experience, I was a little disappointed that I had offered the feathers because the children used them to make birds but after thinking about this some more, my intention was still successful. The children were very involved in using the contrasting black and white materials and whilst my planning was all about the process, I also had some preconceived ideas about the product which fortunately I did not try to impose upon them. This further reflection reminded me that the process was what was really important and …….. that there are a lot of black/grey and white birds in the world including the young magpie that regularly visits inside the classroom and that prior knowledge can be a powerful tool for learning.