Tip: 130 July 2019 – Using Non-food Art Experiences
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.
Colored Ice Floats
–This is a touch and feel discovery art experience. Put food color and
water into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Empty the frozen ice cubes
into small container of water during waterplay and allow the infants to
watch and feel them melt. Make sure that the infants where smocks. This is
an excellent way to use the left over dye used from Easter eggs. These
colored cubes can be used for painting by older children.
This is an interesting painting experience which does not use real paint.
Have the toddlers help fill a small bucket with clear water about ¼ full.
Plunk a couple of fat paintbrush into the bucket and allow the toddlers to
paint with water on anything and everything outside.
– This is a touch and feel art discovery. Have the preschoolers tear pieces
of newspaper or construction paper, or tissue paper, or crepe paper into
small pieces. Mix wallpaper paste with the paper to wet it. Encourage the
preschoolers to press the paper together to form a mass, and squeeze out
the excess paste while kneading it until it feels like workable dough. Let
them mold the dough into an animal or other shape. Let their creations air
dry before they paint them.
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
ART IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE, BUT ONLY WHAT YOU MAKE OTHERS SEE.