Monday, September 13, 2010

Our Spring Mural - A Work in Progress

Spring arrived here in Australia on the first of September and Miss M was really keen to find out all about it. (I also think she was very keen to find out when the swimmers could come back out!) Together we decided that it would be fun to make a spring mural which could be made of anything and everything we had but showing things that might be found outside in spring.

This has been a great project to work on each afternoon as we add a few more details to our mural. I've kinda had to do what my good friend talks about and "sit on my hands". I have plenty of ideas I'd like to use but I'd prefer to see Miss M thinking about how things could be made. Miss H hasn't missed out on the fun either. She has been happy to go along with the blue painting, adding glue everywhere and putting all the flowers on. It's been a great activity for her language development.

The materials we've used so far are...
  • roller painting blue and white acrylic paint for the sky background
  • blue crepe paper for the water/ pond
  • small patty pans for flowers
  • green paddle pops for flower stems
  • paper bark - we found this on one of our walks
  • scrunched up paper for the tree leaves
  • brown toweling for the mouse body + coloured wool for the tail
There's still lots we could add to our mural over time so we'll call it a work in progress. It would be good to collage/draw/ paint some animals to add to Miss M's mouse. It also needs some animal and plant life in the water and some things in the sky but then again, they are just my ideas. Time to talk it over with the girls again! We'll give you another peek at our spring mural soon.

Are you doing any activities to celebrate spring with your kids?


Elise said...

Oh I really like the idea of a collage that is a work in progress. What a perfect way to spend some time each afternoon.

The girls have done such a great job and I like how vibrant the collage is.

Busy Brissy Mum said...

Thanks Elise : ) It really was too big to tackle in one day so we thought we'd do it over time. We have three months!!

Sarah (Chez Lee) said...

This is beautiful and a wonderful idea. I love the way you say you're 'sitting on your hands' and trying not to influence your children's thinking too much - giving them an opportunity to be expressive and creative in their own way. You have a beautiful blog. Thank you for visiting my blog, Sarah :)

rachel and the team said...

What a great idea! To celebrate Spring, we went to the nursery and bought seedlings to plant in the garden. Tobey chose a daisy, Oskar picked a strawberry seedling.Now we water them and wait for flowers and strawberries to grow...

Busy Brissy Mum said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by BBM.

@ Rachel + the Story Tree team - I love your spring activity. It's such a wonderful thing to see seeds grow into plants to eat and enjoy. We planted a pumpkin seed we saved from a pumpkin many months ago. This week we have discovered our very first pumpkin.

♥ meninheira ♥ said...

It's so beaut)iful, I love it! :)

Hear Mum Roar said...

That just looks so pretty and so much fun! We've been picking lots of lavender to celebrate Spring


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