|Sophie is ever angry now!|
|The soft clouds of children's thoughts put a damper|
on the explosion
Early childhood educators use vinegar and baking soda all the time and adding food color is certainly nothing new. For this, we talked about how each spoonful of the crunchy, salty, baking soda represented events that make each of us upset, "when my brother bites me," "when my sisters or my brother pushes me," "when my baby takes my toys," etc.
Each child had a spoonful to add and then we named the things that make us feel better and gave these shape in the soft, fluffy, cotton balls, "my bear," "my mommy," "sitting in my room," etc. The cotton balls were carefully placed on the tray and then as the children reenacted, physically what anger feels like with eyebrows, scrunched up shoulders and clenched fists, I poured in the vinegar. Pabam! The children jump, but as each cotton ball is added to the overflowing, sizzling red, they breathe deep and begin to relax.
|Jars of paint and the glimmer of paintings|
The children at our school paint their cotton balls. They tell us what they are painting, their skateboards, their homes, their families, their whole wide world. One child tells me that painting makes him feel better. He blends and swirls the paint. I sit next to him and paint too. It does feel good. It feels good to look at the jars of paint gathered on the table and to see the paint brushes coated from head to toe with shining colors.
|The happiness that fills us up and takes away the hurt and anger|