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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! 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.
The little guy and I are seriously in love with the new invitation to create activities that are part of our preschool curriculum this year. I’m all about the process of creating. And he seems to be too.
We have an insane amount of art supplies around here and he even has lots of his own stuff. Everything from crayons and colored pencils to watercolors and oil pastels. Yep, making stuff is just what we do and that’s why I’m loving the changes to this year’s curriculum.
Our topic for today was brothers and sisters, which meant creating some owl-inspired art.
One thing I’ve definitely noticed is that the little guy does so much better with open-ended activities. After all, he’s two. At this age, he doesn’t care if something looks like the picture. Heck, he doesn’t even care if there is a picture to look at.
For toddlers, it’s all about the process. The little guy enjoys getting messy and exploring different materials. He loves every minute of cutting and coloring.
And of course our studio is just that – a studio. When I clean up, I find all kinds of projects. Some are of course mine and others are his.
A tray with paper and scissors. Some doodles on his easel. Once in a while, there are even crayons or markers scattered all over the floor. Imagine that.
You know what, though? I wouldn’t trade those little messes for anything. They’re evidence that creativity happens in this space and that’s more important to me than just about anything else.
With the invitation to create activities, the little guy gets to experience supplies that he otherwise wouldn’t. Sure, there’s paint and paper involved. And that’s fine, but this time around there was also a brown paper bag and cotton balls. Those are things that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought to give him and definitely not together.
Mother Goose Time is inspiring me in all sorts of ways.
I’m sure the little guy probably won’t remember much about what we’re learning right now, but he’ll definitely remember the time we spent together making stuff. That’s what I love so much about it, y’all.
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