The first day of the Princeville Art Week was delivered to Nursery children with 15 attending in the morning and another 15 in the afternoon.
Despite many of the children never having sat around the fire circle in the Forest School area, they were attentive to fire safety and enjoyed the fire circle games, played to reinforce the fire circle rules.
They were very vocal during the story telling, shouting out the names of animals and making farm animal noises.
As their task was to make wooden peacock feathers they were given the opportunity to choose different sized wood cookies from a big pile. The children enjoyed playing with the cookies so much that we let them carry on choosing, building and playing with the cookies.
The children then painted the cookies with transparent colours to highlight the grain in the wood then nailed them together to make the “eyes” of the feathers. The children were supported in the drilling of the eyes, taking turns to do so. Finally they each chose a stick to put their eye on to, recognising that the sticks were too big for the holes and would need to be made thinner.
The sticks were cut to size by myself and the Nursery teacher, also a Level 3 Forest Schools practitioner and fitted to the cookie eyes. All of the children were eager to put their feathers into the peacock and transferred their earlier learning about the need to make the sticks thinner to fit them in place.
While in many ways the Art Week is geared towards having a final product to display at the end, the opportunities for free play and learning in this session were many fold. Having the support of a trained Forest School practitioner and nursery staff able to recognise when development was taking place helped to make this first day the best one of the week.
The nursery have requested that I provide them with a selection of cookies for the children to play with in the future.