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Posted on Dec 11, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

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Over the past few weeks the children have been investigating the idea of transformation. Questions such as, “Who am I?” “What can I become?” “What does it mean to transform?” have been pondered by this small group. Significantly, the representation of cheetahs, wolves, and owls have been the focus.

After representing these ideas with different media, the children were inspired and excited to take their blueprints to the next level.

Palettes of facepaint were brought to the atelier and the children became master makeup artists as they transformed their friends into the animals they desired to become.

Prekindergarteners’ ideas included:

“I want to be an owl with feathers and a heart face.”

“I would be a cheetah, I could run to school.”

“I would like to be an owl and fly around and see things at night like dark trees and streets with cars on them driving.”

“I want to be a cheetah then I can run fast and see all the animals in the wild.”

What began weeks ago as a simple play exploration of applying imaginary makeup with paintbrushes has evolved into more meaningful investigation of concepts, ideas, and expressions. Imaginary play allows children to expand their cognitive functionality and to powerfully exercise their creativity.
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