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Archive for November, 2011

Observational Drawing of Strawberries- A Sensory Experience

Strawberry is the flavour of the week as we explore The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. This afternoon we spent some time using all our senses to observe some fresh strawberries, their leaves and seeds.









Each child was given a strawberry of their own to observe, feel, smell and draw.










They approached the drawing of their strawberry in their own unique way.










Some children chose to hold the strawberry as they drew, feeling the texture of the seeds and drawing the indents. Other children thoughtfully selected which aspect or side they wanted to draw and placed the strawberry accordingly on the table. This child noted the bend “like a banana” in his strawberry and decided to draw it from this perspective.










The children’s use of  drawing as a language demonstrated the depth of their observational skills far more accurately than if they were to describe their strawberry using words.










After drawing the outside of their strawberry, the children cut it in half………













and drew the inside.










In his drawing J. has really captured the bumps he felt on his strawberry when it was whole and ……. cut.










The smell of the strawberries was very inviting and tomorrow we are going to make some strawberry scented playdough.










Once they had drawn this view of their strawberry, the children were finally able to explore it with their final sense – taste. The 2 children who said they didn’t like strawberries prior to drawing them, thought they would like to taste their 2 halves. After tasting/eating their berry, the children selected another one to draw. This time we cut the strawberry in half the opposite way.










This perspective was interesting to observe and draw as the centre of the strawberry looked like “rings of yumminess”.










That were irresistable to everyone.










Yum!!!!!! YUM!!!!! I think we had lots of hungry bears today who love red ripe strawberries!