Art is a huge part in our everyday routine. There is always an art activity that goes along with the theme and what we are learning that day. Art helps children with motor skills, decision making, language development, inventiveness, and visual learning.
This month, we are learning about birds. We have already done some amazing things, but one of my favorite projects we did this week was when we learned about eggs. The students put their creative caps on and got to decorate a paper egg.
The students were given yellow, red, and blue paint. Mother Goose Time sent clothes pins and pom poms to use with this activity. The students decided that we could pick up the pom poms with the clothes pins and use it like a paint brush.
With most of the “Invitation to Create” activities, I give little instructions so the students aren’t influenced to do what I want them to do.
Since I only gave them 3 colors of paint, I told them to mix paint to make new colors. It’s fun to see them exploring colors and discovering what new color they can make.
The students had to make decisions about what colors they wanted their egg to be, which colors to mix together, and what designs they were going to draw on their paper egg.
As the students were working on this art project, they were excited to make their own decisions about the designs they would make and the colors they would use. One of the students was very careful about making sure the paints did not mix together. Another student mixed all the colors together. A third student, put pom pom dots all over the page. While a fourth made huge swirly circles. All of their eggs looked different and matched their personality.
The biggest challenge while doing this project was the homemade paint brushes we were using. Some of the pom poms kept coming out of the clothes pin. This made some of the students frustrated. They had to learn how to put the pom pom back in the clothes pin without getting paint all over them.
Art is beneficial for students for their learning and growth. Sometimes, it seems messy. But, through all the mess, students are learning necessary skills to become well balanced students.
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