|spaghetti dancing on the canvas|
This spaghetti activity was divided into three session with 4-5 children in each session. The first session was 4 girls the second was 4 boys and the last was 5 children - boys and girls. I wanted to have a little exploration in gender differences - was there any? Were they stereotypical? and most importantly to observe and see how the children were so that I could offer stimulating and appropriate activities in the future.
|canvas to the left then three bowls of paint and piles of spaghetti|
|after session one - a detail|
|after session 2|
The last session was completely different again - this time the children sang songs together and the spaghetti and the children danced around the canvas.
My investigation shows that stereotypes do not reveal the real identities of children. According to the stereotypes it should have been the girls that were the more socially interactive using their communicative skills to the max - but here I saw that it was the boys who tended to do the most talking and storytelling.
The lesson learned - do not view children as girls and boys but simply as children with a whole range of skills, interests and needs. I am not saying that there are no boys and girls - but that there is a genderspectrum which has girliegirl on one end and boyishboy on the other - and a child can find him or herself anywhere on this spectrum regardless of sex.
|for some children the process of getting messy was HUGE|
Of course the process was a sensory experience - and there were children who LOVED getting messy while there were others that were uncomfortable with getting paint on themselves. This is when the pile of spaghetti came in handy. Those children who did not like getting visibly messy could enjoy themselves experimenting with the spaghetti. How long does it stretch? Can a strand be pulled out of the pile without it breaking? How many strands are needed to put end to end across the table? Plenty of maths and science sneaking into this art session.
|how far can you pull?|
|The finished piece of art|