The children are fascinated by the light projector. They notice that objects they place on the light source get projected on the wall...HUGE. Change the objects and the images on the wall are changed. What a sense of power to be able to make such effects happen!
We are learning to use pipettes to move water. There are many steps to master. First you suck up the water in the pipette by squeezing the bulb and letting it go, then lift the pipette out of the water and then press the bulb and observe the water flow out.
We notice the children are wonderfully eager and persistent while trying new challenges.
Your support and delight in their activity is key to the Upcycle Playgroup experience.
* Follow your child as they choose what they are drawn to explore.
* Take joy in this time with them. Be in THEIR moment!
* Converse with them as you explore together.
By joining in their play they will know you value their efforts!
See you soon,
Eve & Courtney
It was good to be back after the winter break, and to also put some routine in our days!
On our first day the children investigated the light tables and our light projector. They placed items over the light and noticed their effects on color and aspects of light and shadow. In the hallway we like to offer a gross motor exploration. The week the children crawled in large boxes and played with the light from flashlights. We continue to have centers for painting and clay work adding various formats to challenge and add elements of surprise to challenge the children's thinking. We always provide a "skills" table where children with their adult can work on scissoring, taping, gluing and mark making. See you all next week!
Eve and Courtney
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) and UpCycle Creative Reuse Center teamed up again in the north hall of the Torpedo Factory for First Night Alexandria festivities.
The AWLA brought two dogs and a snake that were available for adoption. Pugly was a 1 year old pug mix who will be available for adoption after he receives extra medical attention. Franco was a friendly 10 year old pug/Brussels Griffon mix and Monty was an adult ball python looking for a forever home.
Children were invited to paint, draw, and create a collage of one of the on-site animals to help get them adopted.
George Washington joined in the creative fun and made a portrait of his best animal friend Screech!
Eight pieces of artwork from the event have been selected as animal winners and are posted on UpCycle's Facebook page. The public is invited to "like" the artwork until midnight on January 7, 2017. The design with the most "likes" overall wins an AWLA Executive Director led tour of the Shelter for up to 20 guests and a gift certificate to UpCycle Creative Reuse Center.
All of the artwork created at First Night Alexandria's Kids Help Get Animals Adopted Through Art may be viewed below.
Kelley & Susan update the blog!