Sunday, June 6, 2010

Art Activity

Each week we have an art activity that relates to the book.  I try to make sure that the art activity is more process than product oriented.  (Meaning the "what they are doing" is more valuable than "what it looks like" when they are finished).   We paint, craft, color, glue, cut, string, and explore materials together.  Because we are a Mommy and Me group, we can attempt some messier or more difficult projects that require a one to one ratio. Things that a traditional preschool setting may not be able to duplicate.   (Like painting with our dancing feet)!

The Mommy who signs up to do the art activity, brings all needed materials ready to go.  They are pre-sorted so that she can hand each Mommy and Me pair the materials they need for the complete project.  We try really hard not to have lag time between activities.  We don't want the little "me-s" to lose interest.   Sometimes the Mommy in charge of art brings a sample, but not always.  It is really just if a guideline is needed for the Mommies to know how to help our little ones.  It is never something the children are expected to copy EXACTLY.  At 3 years old, we are really just focused on enjoyment and exploration.   So if they want to color their penguin purple or neon green, great!  They want to use the circles for the snowman's ears instead of eyes, awesome!    If they are like my son last week and don't want to do any art projects "EVER EVER AGAIN" then we watch the fun our friends are having and save the materials for later.  :)


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