Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy opportunities to be creative and engage in an open-ended project, and painting is just that! It is a fun, process art activity that also creates an opportunity for fine motor development in fingers and hands as children work with different materials and squish paints between their fingers! You can change up a child’s creative and tactile experience offering stamps, sponges or other items for applying paint. Unusual paint brushes are any materials that children dip in paint to stamp, smudge, or smear.
Are you looking for new ideas to engage young children; or struggling to come up with fresh, new art projects that inspire curiosity and creativity? Play, Make, Create: A Process Art Handbook is a fantastic resource book for any educator or child care provider. The book includes activities and invitations for children to create and an in-depth guide for facilitators that shares how to set up materials in an inviting way.
Because early learning programs often have a limited budget, teachers work hard to find clever, unique, low-budget materials to use in their classroom. Recycled materials, also referred to as “found materials,” are easy to access, versatile, and economical. They can be incorporated into a variety of classroom activities, such as canvases and materials for art, and loose parts for construction projects.
Earth Day is April 22nd, and it is the perfect opportunity to talk to children about nature and caring for our planet. Children are naturally inquisitive about the world we live in and will often ask questions about the environment. View our list of 10 ways to get inspired in your curriculum planning for Earth Day!
With the chilly winter weather, it can be challenging to spend as much time outdoors as we might like. Rain can force us to stay cooped up indoors and early dark evenings can sometimes even cut short our outdoor play time in the afternoon. On days like these, you might be looking for some new activities or projects to try with the children in your care to add some variety to your time spent inside. We have listed some fun and simple ways to bring the outdoors into the classroom with art projects and activities.
Process art and open-ended experiences allow children to engage in creative expression that focuses more on their own exploration than what the product of their art will be. Allowing children time for creative experiences has many developmental benefits and is an important part of curriculum.