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Expressing Through Play

This slideshow began as a photography project. I wanted the children to express their interest in the forest by taking photographs. It soon became evident that playing in the forest was what the children were interested in doing. While engrossed in play, I began taking pictures of the children expressing themselves.  Back in the classroom, the children viewed the pictures and enthusiastically shared the stories of their play. This led to more pictures being captured in the classroom and the playground.  The slideshow reflects how the children express themselves on a daily basis through their play and interactions with one another.


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Verdi, a young python, does not want to change.  The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works.  He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.

How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult.  First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area.  It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made  their "Verdi" fly.

I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom.  Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance.  The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.