November’s monthly theme is Community Helpers. So far, we have learned about firefighters, dentists, and doctors. Mother Goose Time is getting creative with different tools used to create each art project.
First, we learned about firefighters. For the art project, we drew red, orange, and yellow flames with paint. We used forks for our painting tool. Some of the students had a rough time with this. They couldn’t get enough paint on their fork for it to show up enough on their paper. Others thought this was the funniest thing they have ever done. They liked being able to paint with a fork. One student asked me, “Why can’t we use a paintbrush?” I told her we were trying new things. It’s good to try new things. A few of them insisted on paintbrushes. So, I let them do both.
The flames turned out great! Although, the paint we used dried clear. I would recommend using washable tempera paint, instead of poster paint. I’m not sure if that would make a difference, but when talking with others who did this art project, their paint did not dry clear.
Next, we learned about dentists. For this art project the students got to use actual toothbrushes to paint with! I mixed white paint and shaving cream to create a toothpaste foam. The kids practiced brushing the big paper tooth. With a different toothbrush we practiced brushing our own teeth.
Last, we learned about doctors. For this art project, Mother Goose Time suggested filling up syringes and letting the kids squirt it on paper. This is an excellent activity for helping with fine motor skills. However, I have 10 students and I just wasn’t brave enough to do this with them. So, I made a doctors kit instead. The kids practiced writing their names with markers, pencils, and crayons. We filled the doctors bags with gloves, masks, tongue depressor, cotton ball, and band-aids. The students practiced putting on their masks and gloves. They wanted to practice playing doctor by taking care of their patients. A few of them practiced putting band-aids on me.
Fine motor skills can be developed many ways. When children are using paintbrushes, toothbrushes, forks, syringes, pencils, and more they are learning how to hold these items in their hand, which helps their coordination. They are learning important skills needed before going to kindergarten, such as writing their name, coloring inside the lines, and drawing shapes.