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.

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…

Splatter Names

For this project the kids mixed many different colors and splattered them onto a paper with the letters of their name taped to it. The objective was creating stencils and working with splattering paint while still controlling how much was used and how hard they shook the brushes.        

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…

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…

Monet

Using recycled cardboard boxes, we created our own panoramic Monet paintings.

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…

Totem Poles

After the storm, a few trees in our garden fell down, so we decided to turn them into totem poles. ┬áNatural materials are a great resource because they are all made of different textures, have different weights, lengths, colors and purposes┬áthan the materials children normally use in the classroom. These materials served another purpose before…