This activity started with a nature walk where we talked about the changing leaves, and fall colors. We looked for pinecones on the ground and found a few to put in our nature basket in the classroom after they dry.
Suggested book Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
Mrs. Erika left the scented paints sitting out after this project was done and later the same day, our little guy came back and experimented with mixing the paints, and painted on the easel. While he was being observed, it seemed as though he was more engaged in the free open-ended experimentation than he had been in the project that had been organized. In the future, we should try just putting pinecones out near the paint, and letting him select them as a tool or medium.
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