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It’s that time of the week again. We’re sharing what we’re up to with Mother Goose Time. This month, it’s all about Birds + Eggs. And the focus topic is The Art of Learning, so… I thought it’d be fun to talk about one of our favorite things. Process Art. And today, we’re going to do things Q+A style.
What Mother Goose Time project or activity did you do that encouraged your child to make choices through an artistic process?
The invitation to create activities that are included in each month’s curriculum kit are awesome for encouraging little kids to make choices through an artistic process.
This week, we learned about wings and our process art experience was an extension of that. We worked with paper plates and feathers along with basic art supplies to create our own.
The little guy had an inspiration photo and of course a few prompts, but the end product was totally up to him. That’s what I love about process art. It gives little kids lots of space to be creative and do their own thing.
Describe how your child expressed his ideas throughout this project.
The little guy started by adding some color to both the gray paper as well as the paper plate, but he also did something else that definitely surprised me. More about that in a minute, though. He added some paint. He added some glue. And he added some feathers too.
One thing I’m noticing is that as the little guy get older, his process gets more well-defined and he can explain to me exactly what he’s doing and why. Of course, talking about art is definitely a fun way to work on early language + literacy skills.
Was there a challenge? How did he problem-solve?
Will you paint a design on the wing? How will you use the paper plate to make a wing design? What will you use the gray paper for?
These are just a few of the questions I asked the little guy as he worked on this Wing invitation to create.
But even more surprising than the answers to these questions, was that he tried to use the feather as a paint brush. What an awesome idea! And it worked!
What do you believe is the benefit of art in learning?
Art is really important for little kids. Its encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills, increases fine motor skills, and of provides opportunities for sensory exploration. You can learn more here.
If you missed our preschool space post a while back, you can check it out here.
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