Monday, 19 November 2012
The Three Kings
5 year olds.
This was such a lovely lesson. With Christmas around the corner, it's the time to share it. We talked about patterns, how they repeat and can include interesting shapes etc. The children put parallel lines across their practice paper and filled each row with a new repeating pattern. They were encouraged to "read' their patterns. EG: circle, star, line, line, circle, star, line, line...
I read a story about the Three Kings named Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior. The children decided which wise man was the tallest. We had a discussion about their rich robes and the colours they might wear.
They drew the Three Kings on paper using black wax crayons. They made the feet touch the bottom and the tallest king touch the top. This encouraged large drawings. The patterns the children had practiced earlier, were added to the robes and coloured with water colour paint. The background was a single colour, to make the kings stand out.