An easy homemade resource which you can use over and over again. A great way for children to create stories and pictures, mess free!
Put some time into preparing this resource once, and you'll have a great activity you can use over and over in the future!
Simply cut 2 - 3 dozen different things out of your foam. The idea will be for the children to use what you cut out to create stories, so consider cutting out any of the following:
This is a totally child led activity, so no process to explain! Simply provide the children with your foam shapes, some bowls of water and paintbrushes and let them do the rest.
The children will quickly find that the water lets the foam stick to the glass; whether they paint the water to the glass or the foam could be the source of interesting observation about fine motor control and problem solving!
This just the sort of activity which can be prepared for children to enjoy without any direct adult input, but if you do want to get some development opportunities from it you might consider some of these questions:
22 - 36 months
Expressive Art & Design, Being Imaginative; "Beginning to use representation to communicate, e.g. drawing a line and saying ‘That’s me"
30 - 50 months
Literacy, Writing; "Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint."
Expressive Art & Design, Being Imaginative; "Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair ‘cliff"
40 - 60+ months
Expressive Art & Design, Being Imaginative; "Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play"
Thanks to my_little_learners for this lovely activity!