There are so many benefits of art for children, these include problem-solving, creativity, literacy, fine and gross motor skills, connections and understanding. Sharing books, stories and rhymes develops skills to support their transition through the school. It encourages a good vocabulary and understanding of how books work and ignites curiosity, imagination, and an eagerness to learn about the world around them.
The children in Upper Kindergarten have created wonderful boards using a variety of art techniques to create these wonderful pieces.
Upper Kindergarten F
Book: Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman
Five bored Vikings went out looking for an adventure, something daring, bold and new. But when the Vikings set off to find a dragon, they get a big surprise. None of the Vikings had a clue what a dragon even was, but did that stop them? No way… they made up their minds and packed some sardine sandwiches, boarded their long boat and… watch out dragon here they come!
Written in rhyme it is full of captivating ingredients, hilarious characters, and beasts. The motely Viking crew is very inclusive as it includes a girl in their ranks!
Upper Kindergarten C
Book: The Caterpillar that Roared by Michael Lawrence
Hugo the caterpillar tries to convince his friends that he is a lion, until the day he frightens Maurice the minnow away and realises it is better to be himself!
This is a wonderful character book about accepting who you are, even though it is okay to dream about being someone different and to remember what makes us unique.
The children created their art pieces from the natural resources that they found around the school whilst they were doing their learning walk.
Upper Kindergarten T
Book: Katie and the Bathers by James Matthew
A wonderful book featuring amazing artists and pictures of the time. It is also a wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling. They used pastels making their own interpretation of The Bathers by the artist Georges Seurat.
Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional, and multisensory skills. Art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, self-esteem, and creativity.