A Text-Based Play Space Designed by the Children

This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been working on our theme project for Avraham V’Lot!

The children have their hands in every part of the process of designing our paper mâché text-based play space.

We began the process by asking children to look at different photos, explore textures and choose colors, that they thought would best show, the land could not support them to live together (Genesis chapter 13, verse 6).

The children decided what the landscape of our paper mâché should look and they started shaping.

Children helped each other put on their smocks.

We covered the whole thing with newpaper and the paper mâché mixture.

The next day, we painted a base coat of paint on top.

The day after that, we painted a final layer. We mixed sand into the paint to give it some texture. The children made a discovery about mixing the brown and gray paint together, which really gave the paper mâché an earthen quality.

After painting we could start to play! We set up a special spot where pairs of children could go build about the text together, then they would be interviewed about their work and the building is photographed.

It is so amazing to see what the children are capable of!

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