Arts and Crafts at Pelican Mt Martha

Art and Crafty Times at Pelican Mt Martha!

On Monday Michelle from Pelican Mt Martha had the pleasure of being reunited with her friends in the Kinder room. Together we got creative; producing some beautiful pieces of Batik. The children were enthusiastic and creative participants and enjoyed engaging in a beneficial learning art experience.

Why Batik?

The activity was age appropriate and open ended; allowing for different levels of interest, creativity and ability. The experience focused on the use of an Indigenous art form; promoted by one of the present focuses in the room at the moment.  The activity provided endless exploration and the discovery of new media as tools in art and further extending the children’s tools to communicate. The children had the freedom to discover their creativity; exploring the patterns of the rubber glue solution onto the fabric, mixing coloured dyes together and creating shapes and designs with no restrictions or expectations. The use of fabric and rubber glue solution provided Little Hands a different art medium to discover; further stimulating the experience.

An aesthetically inviting space was created to encourage curiosity and exploration: glass jars of Watercolour paint in an Indigenous colour theme were displayed with Rubber glue solution in pipette droppers and squares of calico fabric. It was wonderful to see the children enthusiastic to participate and explore with these gorgeous art media.

There were lots of concentration and designing; developing eye hand coordination and fine motor skills, supporting their development in the EYLF outcome of Wellbeing. The children exercised their curiosity and creativity In the EYLF outcome of Learning; demonstrating a sense of wonder as they showed Michelle what they were discovering with the coloured dyes and rubber glue surface. Enjoyable conversations of exploration and discovery of texture, pattern and design and questions with Michelle developed communication skills; demonstrating that in the EYLF outcome of Communication, they are able to interact verbally and contributing to their art experience.

 This activity produced a collection of beautiful, unique and individual Batik designs.

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