April Arts and Crafts
April 10, 2020
For April’s activity of the month, we are going to be focusing on Arts and Crafts!
With families staying at home, this can be an opportunity to try out some fun activities, and experiment with different art mediums. This can be as simple as getting out the crayons or markers, or making your own paint or playdough.
Art can be a calming activity where children can express their creativity. Learning happens when children experiment with different art elements like shape, color, textures, and more. As they work on a project, they can try out different techniques, and they get to make choices. This builds confidence and problem solving skills. The more they try out different ideas, the more they figure what method gives them the result they are looking for.
It’s all about the process!
Keep in mind the process is important. When children are little, the product they come up with may not be what you had in mind, and that is okay! The experience counts! Mixing colors, gluing, painting, cutting, drawing, scribbling; these activities build skills, and the more they do them the better. Remember, art is a tactile experience that strengthens fine motor skills and is a precursor to writing. They are learning to hold the pencil or crayon, and that takes practice! When children are just starting out, they have to experiment with pressure and it takes time before they gain control of the shapes they produce when writing.
Another thing to remember, you don't need to have it all out at the same time! However, having some basics available in a designated spot is a great idea. Have a spot where they have access to crayons, colored pencils, and paper. You can use any paper that is available, children don't mind using scratch paper! One day you can do cutting and gluing, another day you can do outdoor chalk drawings, and another day you can bring out the playdough. Rotating different materials can make it new and fun each time you bring it out.
Some fun items to add to play dough:
- Pipe cleaners - they work great as legs for fun play dough animals
- Popsicle sticks
- Googly eyes
- Cookie cutters
- Any toys that can be easily cleaned lik blocks or animals
Have a day where you get out the paint, start with 2 colors. Switching up the colors is a great way to make it fun and interesting time and time again. Another fun thing to try is painting with different objects! Toy cars make fun tracks, forks can make interesting line patterns, and even cut vegetables can become beautiful stamps.
There are so many different methods to have fun with art materials. Try picking one, and think of a few different ways to use it. Ask your children, “What should we paint with?” Have a conversation about what that would look like, or how it would work!
Here is a short list of different mediums that come in different styles:
- Colored pencils
- Tempura paint
- Finger paint
- Play dough
- Modeling clay
Search the web for ideas and different materials that can be found at home.
Have fun and get creative!