The big blue felt board behind our dramatic play campsite looked a little bare so we decided we’d turn it into an Australian bush scene, This would also provide us with an area to display the Australian animals we’d been creating during the last couple of weeks. We could’ve painted a plain blue sky background and a plain brown dirt background but we decided we wanted to get a little artistic (this translates to MESSY!) about it.
We started by laying 2 large pieces of brown paper on the concrete outside our classroom. Near one sheet we placed 3 different shades of an orangey brown colour and asked the children to slap the paint on all over the paper. Next to the other sheet we did the same thing but with shades of light blue.
After the paper was completely covered in paint we went back and flicked a chocolate brown colour all over the orangey-brown paper and we flicked a white and a dark blue colour onto the light blue paper (Jackson Pollock eat your heart out!). The results were stunning and added an extra dimension to our backgrounds. Check out these close ups of the paper when wet.
Once they were dry we cut them in half longways and pinned them to our board. We cut some branches from a couple of trees in our yard and added them as trees to our display. We then placed some of our artwork in the scene.
We added our list of things we know about each animal next to the animal concerned so that parents could see what we’d talked about during the mat session. We’ll keep adding to the display as we make more things and as we come up with more ideas of things to add.