After reading the book Have you Ever Seen a Flower written and illustrated by Shawn Harris and being inspired but he Fluorescent Colors it was a no brainer to extend the literacy experience through the arts with BioColor® Paint from Discount School Supply and painting with a mop!
In the enchanting story you see a child experience the beauty of a flower with all five senses which reminds us of how a child sees the beauty and wonder in everything around them. The vibrant imagery and simple story reveals how a single flower can ignite so much curiosity. To integrate and extend the story setting up in invitation to recreate the flowers through the arts is great way to deepen the connection and comprehension.
With poster paper, Fluorescent BioColor® Paint, & mops as their paint brushes I invited the children to paint with the bright colors. Their is no such thing as “correct tools” in art. Anything that encourages fun and creativity is a tool in the arts. Why in this world would anyone settle for just paint brushes when there is a world of possibilities out there? The children loved exploring the different ways they could use the mops. Up and down. Side to side. Going in circles. They brushed making different strokes and mixed the colors. There was definitely some problem solving to do from beginning to end, creativity was flowing, gross motor skills being enhanced, and their creativity was beaming.
Once the paint dried I cut the paper into all the flowers from the book and created this collage representing the fields of flowers.
We extend the invitation by washing the paint off the mops by letting them clean the concrete on the playground and paint the hug canvas we have stapled on the fence.