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In the kitchen garden : carnival
Sunday 16 November 2008
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To elaborate a costume on the theme of the kitchen garden in order to celebrate Carnival

OBJECTIVES
- To describe, compare and classify the elementary perceptions : tasting and smelling
- To enrich the range of techniques

SKILLS

- To classify elements according to criteria known by the children.
- To choose an efficient fastening system.
- To describe somebody’s costume, to justify one’s opinion.

MATERIALS

- Green- and red-coloured vegetables in a basket
- Recipe books
- A knife, a pan, water, salt, an electric hotplate
- A 50 x 70 cm paper sheet and a big felt-tip pen
- Elements of the gardener’s costume: boots, gloves, a wire-netting overall with vegetables hanging from it, a hat made of cabbage leaves, a basket
- An overall cut out of green plastic wire-netting for each child
- Written referents: “the green soup" and “the red soup" and the corresponding removable word-labels, glue tubes
- Various fastening systems: adhesive tape, glue, staples, gardening plastic wire, nylon thread, brass wire, freezing bag ties, paper clips, clothes pegs…
- Rhodoid strips at least as long as the cranial perimeter of the children

REFERENCES

Works by
- Giuseppe Arcimboldo
- Marie-Thérèse Herbin
- Sandrine Morsillo….

PROCEDURES

Before the sequence : Make a soup :

- Bring various vegetables in a basket. Make the children identify and name them. The children’s suggestion : let’s make a soup…
- Get them to put forward hypotheses concerning the soup’s recipe orally. Check them by researching in books. Make the children read each recipe aloud.
- Choose the vegetables for the soup. Classification of the vegetables according to their colour.
- Make two soups : « the green soup » and « the red soup ».
- Dictate the recipe to them.
- Prepare the soup with the children, cook it and taste it.

1) Make costumes on the theme of the kitchen garden

- Work out the project of making costumes
- Arrive dressed up as a gardener. Prompt the children to identify and name the various parts of the gardener’s costume: the overall, the hat, the boots, the gloves, the tools, the basket.

To celebrate Carnival, work out the project of making the « green » and « red vegetables gardener ».

2) Observe artists’ works ;

The works by Marie-Thérèse Herbin, elaborated from large cabbage leaves casting ;Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s painting, built like a plant collage.

Use these works in order to make the costumes

- Elaborated like collages or plant assembling
- Including a –real or paper-made - cabbage leaf.

Prompt the children to define the various phases of the project:

- To go to the market and buy the necessary vegetables
- To sort out and hang the vegetables on the wire-netting support. To experiment various fastening systems and to choose the most efficient. - To make clothes : a hat, clothes made with red or green cabbage leaves, accessories on the theme of the kitchen garden.

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FOLLOW-ON-ACTIVITIES

To enrich the children’s culture by getting them to discover other artists’ works’ copies on the theme of the kitchen garden : From the observation of the « Pages de cahier » (“Copybook Pages") written and painted by Sandrine Morsillo, make a collection of illustrated texts, recipes, poems, on the theme of the kitchen garden ;

To make plastic productions including vegetables in other forms ( 3-D, drawn, painted, engraved, photographed… )

ASSESSMENT

Elements that are to be taken into account :

- The richness of the technical range
- The project’s relevance, the logic of its various phases as formulated by the children.


Blandine Tissier Alsace Nursery School Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines ) France

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