For Physical Development

"Tip: 130 July 2019 – Using Non-food Art Experiences "
   July, 2019

Website Educational Tip for Physical Development

Art and craft projects can excite even the youngest child’s imagination and
promote a sense of great achievement. The following activities have been
chosen to assist in the growth of many skills, including large and small
muscle development, eye-hand coordination, sensory discrimination,
concentration, how to solve problems and make decisions. Encourage children
to experiment and create, and remember the value of art experiences lies in
the doing, not the finished product.

Mesh Prints
– This is a recycled art activity. Fill a pantyhose or onion or apple mesh
bag with foam, fiberfill or cotton balls. Tie and dip into print pans. To
make print pans, fold a few squares of paper towels together and moistening
them with water. Place the paper towels in a Styrofoam tray or aluminum pie
plate and pour paint on them.

Coffee Filter Art
– This art idea is used to stimulate drawing. Place an open flat coffee
filter on a piece of newspaper. Encourage the toddlers to use water-based
markers to scribble on it. Then help the toddlers spray the filters with a
spray bottle filled with water and watch the lines blurring and spreading
into the absorbent filter.

Paper-Mache Dough
– This is a touch and feel art discovery. Tear pieces of newspaper or
construction paper, or tissue paper, or crepe paper in small pieces. Mix
wallpaper paste with the paper to wet it. Press the paper together to form
a mass. Squeeze out the excess and keep kneading it until it feels like
workable dough. Mold the dough into an animal or other shape. Let creation
air dry then paint.

Process Verses Product:
It is important for adults to offer a wide variety of creative art
experiences. There are many inexpensive art activities children can do, but
constantly keep in mind that it is in the doing that children learn. The
processes of art experiences are always more important the finished
products! During the process children discover their own independence, as
well as the mystery of combinations, the joy of exploration, the delight of
creating, and the frustration of challenges – all important pieces in the
puzzle of learning. The art process allows children to explore, discover,
and manipulate their world. The adult’s role is to prepare the environment
and allow this process to happen. Provide interesting materials and then
sit back and watch closely. Offer help with unruly materials and cleanup,
but don’t make models to copy. This limits the possibilities of process and
hinders creativity.