I saw some great pictures on teaching 2 and 3 year olds of kids rolling a huge can around the room. Inside was paint and golf balls. We get yogurt in one litre plastic tubs from the supermarket and always have too many table tennis balls lying around, add paper and paint, then I just had to hunt down the scissors to cut the paper down to size. We quickly had a mini version of the one I had seen. I love anything with such simple preparation.
He chose blue and white for the first colours. Once everything was sealed tightly in the tub, we rolled it around the floor. Then we threw it, kicked it, bounced it (this got lots of giggles), spun it, and he sat on it before opening it up to see the surprise.
The balls matched the paper with an interesting mottled pattern which impressed us both. He immediately wanted to have another go. We ended up with all the colours in the tub and beautifully decorated table tennis balls.
These are things we did that B benefited from:
- Measuring the paper to make it fit in the tub
- Choosing which colours to squeeze in and what effect the might have
- Pushing the lid on tightly
- Moving the tub around in different ways and talking about what it was doing
- Expectation of a result and comparing that to what we saw
- Experiencing transference of liquid onto different surfaces
- Practicing handling tricky objects (paint covered ping pong balls)
So what I thought was just going to be throwing around a tub full of paint actually turned out to be an opportunity for extended conversation and practicing numerous movements. And we loved the final products.