The Rainbow Fish
Today we made a great big creative sandwich!
A large-scale mark making session sandwiched between two stories.
We started by telling the well-known modern children’s story, ‘The Rainbow Fish’, which was them used as the inspiration for mark making, as the children created an under-the-sea world.
Paper covered the walls, table tops, floor and even on the underside of the tables, so that the children could fully immerse themselves in their drawing, which surrounded them on every side and from every angle. The session was extended with shredded paper and craft materials, which the children folded, wrapped and hung over and around a washing line of string.
Some children focused on small intricate drawing, others took advantage of the large swaths of paper to draw giant images, lines and patterns, while several boys rushed around the room frantically making marks on all the surfaces at once.
The finished environment was then used as the location for an improvised story about a Mermaid who went to feed the ducks.
Story telling, imaginative play, language, mark making, visual arts, drawing, physical play… job done.