Mirror Nature (Come Play with Me! Series 3)


These were picked along the path during our morning outdoor time. Just nice two workers were trimming away a dwarf tree and I requested for the remnants. You may ask, you call this Playtime? Yes. At least that’s what the 30 Days to transform play includes. : ) I took out my mirror to set up their Observational Drawing area to add another perspective to the items. Apart from the flowers and leaves, I added a couple of seashells and used a clear small pudding jar with marbles to hold the stalk of flowers in place. I find the effect mesmerising. I like Kate’s description of how observation drawing is not about creating a flawless likeness of a subject; like all languages– painting, sculpting, dance, drama, music… – it is another way for children to make their thinking visible. Read here for her full post on this subject.  I also agree that drawing takes time to grow in love with. It also doesn’t matter if they do not draw what you’ve set up for them especially at the initial stages. Just simply allow them room to grow at their own pace.    I also trimmed away the leaves on the stalks of flowers till it is simple and still organic enough for observation.



A was happy to concentrate and draw what was set up at this stage.


Their first time playing with watercolours. They were pretty disappointed with the paints as they were too light for their liking. I had to persuade them to try and explore a bit longer… After much explanation on how watercolour was meant to have that watery dreamy light effects, they finally got the hang of rubbing their brushes on the colour palette with water and smeared their colours around a lot more harder than usual.

1-IMG_7594   Jo decided to paint his tortoise again…. mmm…


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A had several paintings. Of all, only the drawing on the right captured the Set up. The one on the left was an exploration of the colours and he was very intrigued by the dripping of the colours and drew inference to Jackson Pollock’s dripping of paint effects. I had taught him about the American painter last year.

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J had painted all sorts of interesting abstract but symmetrical works and of course, the tortoise and finally he decided to paint the flower in front of him after a bit of beckoning. I was very delighted by his attempt on the left! He however chose pinkish red to depict the white flower (as he reasoned the white flower on white background can’t be seen). So I helped bring his attention to the use of cream colour by mixing a tad of yellow and white with light brown.

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E’s drawings were pretty random, but I thought it looked like the water droplets on the mirror. She was also pretty engrossed in exploring the nature of the watercolour set and relating to the colours of the flowers. Overall, we took about one and a half hours drawing and painting before having to end the session for dinner. It was i feel a satisfying process of playing with the watercolours. After these recent 2-3 years of developing their first hand observation skills, I am glad to see the development of their interests and increasing concentration span. They couldn’t last 10mins when first introduced to a set up and I was pretty discouraged. Nontheless, as I pressed on in the set ups and bringing them outdoors for First hand observations, they slowly but surely grew in this area of attention and interest. Below are more examples of First Hand Observational drawings and colourings.

1) The very Hungry Caterpillar Lesson Plan

2) Something FIshy

3) S.E.A Aquarium visit

4) Outdoor Mirror Reflection of tree

5) A touch of Art in Nature



May we be open to be transformed from good to better, from better to best. To be the best that we can be To bring out the best in others.   If you have missed the previous Come Play with Me Series, they are here.





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