I have a self-confessed fondness for tarp and its multitude of uses outside. In particular I adore transparent tarp. Living in the NE Scotland, there are many grey days all year round. So transparent tarp allows the maximum of light to enter into the space underneath.
Last week I was visiting Queen’s Cross Nursery in Aberdeen and had put up the transparent tarp. I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t raining as this is another cool thing about transparent tarp… you can watch the rain running down into pools of water and eventually tip over the edge which is always an exciting moment.
I had thought about giving the children whiteboard pens to draw on the tarp before we hoisted it up, but it was a bit of an afterthought – instead, the children drew on the transparent umbrellas.
As the children were interested in sea creatures and had been finding out about them following on from a pirate focus, one member of staff thought it might be interesting to create an “aquarium”. She threw some creatures onto the transparent tarp.
And this is what you saw when looking at them from underneath…
The effect is surprisingly sea-like! However, we were in for a better surprise when we took photos. Suddenly, the creatures faded into shadows! Wow!
We also found that if you photo the creatures with the trees as a backdrop, suddenly it looks like seaweed and the creases of the tarp look like ripples of water.
I love the joy of accidental discoveries. Many thanks to Michelle and her sea creatures 🙂
Because in many ways this transparent tarp is like a natural outdoor light table, I’m delighted to be able to add this post to Teach Pre-schools Light Table link up below! Yay!