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…

Body Tracing

In this project I wanted the children to have the opportunity to work on a large-scale drawing and painting. I also wanted them to work together, both in a verbal way and in a physical way. When tracing each others bodies, they had to be careful not to hurt one another or press against them…

Weaving

I chose the activity of weaving because it was a multistep project that required the children to always work together. First we had to cut and measure the recycled card board, and then the kids helped thread the twine through the holes. Once the weaving boards were ready I provided the children with various strips…

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…

Tree Paint Brushes

Through exposure to different forms and techniques in and of art, children are changing the way they are thinking and acting. They are developing tools that help them relate to the human experience, that foster empathy and sympathy, they begin to understand their own process and methods as well as respect for the way others…

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…