Galaxy Ice

This activity was especially focused on sensory play. It was a two-day activity as the first day was dedicated to preparation and the second day to painting creations. Mixing glue, glitter, water and paint, the children made their own color liquids which they poured into ice trays. We let them freeze overnight, and the next…

I Love You More Than the Universe

Using recycled cardboard, finger painting, glitter, scraps of unused foam and a bit of photography, we created one of a kind gifts for Father’s Day. The theme, I love you more than the Universe!  

Colorful Life

In this workshop, the children worked together on a group painting. They first were asked to create the night sky, and then to decorate it with fireworks. We used different types of brushes to sprinkle paint, and used straws to blow the paint onto the paper to create an “exploding” effect. The goal of this…

Inspired by Schiele

Egon Schiele is an incredible artist, and as much as I love the pieces he creates, I realize that many of them are not appropriate or of interest to the young artists I am teaching. As I wanted to use his art to lead a specific discussion, I decided to focus on two types of…

Sweet Starry Night

I decided to give the famous Starry Night a sugary twist, and let the group paint with different colored homemade frostings onto a cookie canvas.

Salvador Dali Clocks

In my experience, working with clay, plasticine, salt dough or any type of molding material, children are always inspired to let their imaginations take full control. They love to roll it in their hands, dig into it with their fingers, stretch it across the table, or chop and divide it into many new pieces. When…

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…

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…

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…