Week of the Young Child Series (5 of 5)


Little Doers Blog 1 Mad Scientist, Pop Art by Little Doers early childhood educators, Lindsey Payne and Kathy Jordan


Tired of the same old crayon and paper activities? Need some “Pop” in your art? Try enjoying the outdoors while creating some exciting art! Grab those old film canisters, water, paint, and some Alka- Seltzer tablets from the medicine cabinet, for a fun open-ended artistic creation.

The DoSeum and the Little Doers preschool are committed to the implementation of research-based and developmentally appropriate practices. In an engaging environment, children learn through appropriate play experiences that encourage active participation in learning. Little Doers introduces children to new and interesting ideas related to play and to exhibits throughout The DoSeum. We allow for children to experience science, technology, engineering, art, and math at an early age in order to spark their interest in real world phenomenon. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s position statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice, open-ended art experiences promote self-regulatory, linguistic, cognitive, and social development (Copple & Bredekamp, 2009).

During “Mad Scientist” week, the Little Doers explored the science behind states of matter. This specific investigation allowed us to observe all three states of matters: Liquid (water and paint), solid (Alka- Seltzer), and gas which is created from combining the two. We used primary colors for our paints so when the colors combined on the paper, they created secondary colors, maybe even tertiary! We asked the Little Doers if they could name the colors and what two colors made a new color.  Some observations from the children included, “The yellow mixed with the blue!” “So what color do we have now?” “GREEN!” “The tablet made the paint explode!”

Copple, C., & Bredekamp, S. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children birth through age 8 (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Hello, my name is Lindsey Payne and I currently serve as a Discovery Leader, Co-Educator of The Little Doers preschool program, and a team member for the Early Childhood Education team at The DoSeum. I have two main life passions: working with animals and working with children. During my youth, my main focus was animals. I attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA (I’m a California native), and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Conservation. While at Humboldt State, I found my way to a volunteer program called The Y.E.S. House (or Youth Educational Services). Through Y.E.S., I provided services for four years to fostered and adopted youth ages 2-18 providing mentorship and fun weekend activities for the children. Since my time at with the DoSeum, I have enjoyed being a part of camps, weekly programming, after school programming, off site events and now, most importantly The Little Doers.

Hello there, my name is Kathy Jordan and I am a retired special education teacher.  At least that’s what I said as of June 2014. Eight months after my retirement I began working as a Discovery Leader at The DoSeum and also became part of our Early Childhood team.  I come to the team with 29 years as an educator.  My educational background includes an Associate of Science Degree in Mental Health and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Studies in Human Behavior and Development.  My experience with children began as a volunteer Director of Vacation Bible School at my church in Florida.  That involved developing curriculum for 2 to 12 year olds.  My experience as a volunteer led me to pursue a full-time career as an educator working with children ages 5 to 12 in an exceptional center in Broward County, Florida. I left retirement thirteen months ago to become part of The DoSeum’s mission to grow minds, connect families, and transform communities, and every day since then has been a blessing because of the children

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