In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
Drawing or painting an object requires careful attention, yet when we relate to something by drawing or painting it, we can truly connect with its beauty.
Indicate the arrangements of natural objects (or, ask the children to arrange the items themselves). Distribute drawing/painting materials, and give children time to draw an arrangement, or even just an interesting part of it.
Feel free to talk a little bit about the items. For example: "Isn't it amazing that gorgeous, deep purple eggplants, cheerful rounded red apples, and mysterious complicated pinecones all look so different and yet have the same function for the plants they came from: to protect its seeds?" Wonder at the different kinds of seeds in nature, and the variety of ways seeds are "packaged" in plants.
Afterward, ask the children if they saw the objects differently because they were trying to draw them. Cut open some of the fruits and let the children see for themselves the different arrangements of seeds inside. Do they notice designs or patterns? Ask if they ever have noticed the beautiful arrangements of fruits and vegetables if they have had a chance to go food shopping.
Offer soft clay to a kinesthetic learner who might prefer to sculpt or a child with visual impairment who might like to explore and represent the arrangements in a tactile way.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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