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Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
The little guy and I had lots of fun working on an Upcycle Collage invitation to create process art experience, except when it was all said and done, we didn’t end up making a collage after all. Whoa. Wait a sec! You mean, we made something, but didn’t actually make anything? Talk about an oxymoron, right?
Yep! You see, the little guy was definitely more interested in exploring the supplies I put out and because that’s the entire point of process art, I let him do exactly that. Since there really isn’t much to show for all of the time we spent working on our so-called college, I thought it’d be fun to talk about what we actually did manage to accomplish instead.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are so many awesome reasons why process art experiences are important for little kids. If you missed my post a few weeks ago, definitely check it out. It’s worth a read, trust me.
So, let’s get back to this making stuff without actually making stuff idea I mentioned, shall we?
Here are the supplies that I gave to the little guy:
- Pipe Cleaners
- Brown Paper Bag
- Pulp Tray
- Cotton Balls
- Domino Pieces
- Craft Sticks
That’s definitely an interesting list, don’t ya think? So what did the little guy end up doing? You know all those skills and standards we talk about all the time? Every invitation to create process art experience includes at least a few of them.
He picked up a straw and his scissors and practicing cutting, which meant working on his fine motor skills. This is always a favorite around here. The little guy loves to cut and you know what? I’m definitely okay with that.
He opened the brown paper bag, counted the cotton balls, and put them inside. Hold on. Back up. Did you catch that? My toddler chose to use his math + reasoning skills without any prompting from me. Way to go, little guy!
All the while, he was talking to me and telling me what he was up to. You know, because he takes every opportunity available to him to practice his vocabulary. No joke, y’all! Yay for language + literacy skills while we’re at it too.
Isn’t it crazy how much you can do with just a few simple things from around the house? That’s why process art is all kinds of awesome, my friends. It’s so much more than just an opportunity to be creative.
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