This week was all about Rock Planets and of course the first one we learned about was Earth. We did lots of fun activities including this Earth Collage Invitation to Create Process Art Experience. You know, because we’re always up for making stuff around here.
There are so many reasons why we love open-ended art. I mean, of course because it encourages creative thinking, but also for so many other reasons too. Here are 3 Reasons Process Art Experiences Are Important for Little Kids.
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Earth Collage Invitation to Create Process Art Experience
Visual Arts (32.1), Spatial Awareness (17.2)
What you’ll need
- Inspiration Photo
- Paper Plate
- Paper (Green, Blue)
Here’s how to do it
- Set out the inspiration photo and additional supplies.
- What do you notice about the photo?
- What supplies will you use to make a picture similar to the photo?
- How will you use your supplies? Will you cut or tear your colored paper?
- How does your picture represent Earth?
- Did the child make intentional designs with the materials?
- Did he explain how he used the materials?
Glue is definitely one of the little guy’s favorite things, so I kinda figured that this activity would be a huge hit. I actually just bought a few bottles of Glitter Glue. You know, because I figured that if we’re going to make glue designs, we may as well make sparkly ones. Can you say mama win?
He ripped up the blue and green paper to make the continents and the oceans and then created his collage on the paper plate.
I love watching preschoolers make stuff. They’re so creative. There’s this spark that sometimes disappears as little kids grow up. And especially if it isn’t nurtured when they’re young.
I hear so many other mamas tell me that they’re just not creative. And you know what? I really don’t think that’s the case. I believe creativity is something that can be learned, just like any other skill. That’s one of the reasons why I’m so in love with the idea of open-ended art experience for little kids.
These types of activities are the perfect way of exercising those creative muscles. It’s awesome to be able to just grab some supplies and let him have at it. I don’t want him to hate creating and I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on him.
And while we’re on the subject, I cringe at product-based art projects for preschoolers. I’m really not trying to stifle the little guy’s creativity. Actually, more often than not, even if we stumble across something along those lines, I literally just give him the supplies and let him do his own thing.
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As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. 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. #mgtblogger
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