My daughter loves pretend play. We play cupcake shop, hospital & sometimes we are animals, but my personal favorite is playing school. I love playing teacher & student with her. We do a series of activities complete with snack time, a brief recess & mini lessons. Incidentally, she listens to teacher mommy much better than regular mommy.
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Last night after roll call, we practiced writing our full name & then had art class. Our lesson for the evening was a spring rainy day painting with salt. I had taken a watercolor class many years ago & was shown how sprinkling the salt on the paper creates a lovely speckled effect. I knew that being able to shake salt all over paint would make my little artist happy. I was correct.
First we cut out 2 shapes to form our umbrella.
My daughter glued her cut-out to a piece of watercolor paper.
We used our homemade watercolors to paint our pictures. My daughter painted her sky blue & very generously added the salt. “We’re making a mess. huh mama? But that’s ok.” It was ok. She loved it.
She added some dark clouds to her picture.
She painted herself & me under the umbrella, but offered me a little critique. “Mama, why don’t you have any people under your umbrella?” “Who is holding it?”
We set our paintings aside to dry & moved on to recess. Mama teacher even managed to get her to go to bed without argument.
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