Crazy Hair Day

This art project was inspire by Pablo Picasso. We spent some time looking at images of how he painted faces and distorted reality. I asked the children in the group what they thought and they said, ” it looks crazy!” I told them they were going to make their own Picasso inspired crazy faces, but…

Rainbow Etching

In this activity, the children first painted the cardboard an assortment of colors mixed together. When it dried, they used rollers and covered them in black paint and then began etching with the back of the paintbrush. It was a very high sensory activity as the children got to get their hands really into the…

Bottle Cap Creations

Recycled items are a great material for children to work with because they encourage imagination and design thinking. They are also a sustainable way to create, and it teaches children that not every item needs to be disposed after a single use. When children work with items that they have seen originally serve a different…

Hapa-Zome

Hapa-Zome is the art of using flower petals to create ink printings on cloth. In this activity we used left-over flowers that were donated to the school for a holiday, but were beginning to wilt. The children each picked an assortment of flowers they liked, and they pressed them between cloth and then stamped them…

Their Mural

Letting children create in their own way, at their own pace, is a great way to encourage independence. Sometimes it is best to watch and not ask the questions, ” What is that? What are you making?” As adults we want to understand what is happening in the child’s mind during the creative process, but…

Messy Marbled Paper

It is important to remember that play is actually the way that children work. Sometimes creating an activity that lets them be free and messy is the most encouraging way we can show them to play and learn. Messy art has been proven to stimulate the senses as well as creative experimentation. The children love…