By: Teacher Madiha 20

August 2014
“Not quite my taste” says Sami
It was a cold and rainy day today and the kids were feeling bored and anxious, being stuck inside
the classroom. Thus, I decided to do painting activity with them. I made eat-able puffy paint
using salt, flour, baking powder and food coloring. Sami was visiting us today with mum. To get
him involved I sat him down with the other children at the table.
He waited patiently for me to give him his paper and paint. Once the paint was in front of him he
straight away dipped his finger in it but instead of painting he brought it towards his mouth. I
stopped him and showed him that he can make prints instead on the paper. He seemed
mesmerized with what was happening as he continued to move and tap his hand on the paper.
After a while it seemed like he couldn’t contain his curiosity as he put his face down on the
paper and licked off some paint, and made an adorable face tasting the saltiness of the paint, as if
to say “hmm not quite my taste”.
Children at this age learn by exploring with all of their senses and thus having a taste of the paint
was important part of learning for Sami. The paint was safe for them to taste, thus I shouldn’t
have prevented him from tasting it in the first instance. Te Whariki provides us teachers with
framework that encourages and promotes active exploration of their world with all their senses.
Sami I will continue to provide you with opportunities to extend on your interests.

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