Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- large mural paper
- tempera paint (varied colors and white)
- small trays or bowls
- craft sticks
- variety of sponge shapes for making prints
- clothespins (wooden or plastic "pinch" clothespins)
If you are making your own sponge shapes, attach a clothespin to the center of each shape so that young children can easily pick up the sponge.
Invite small groups of children to the art area. Tape a large sheet of mural paper onto a table. Explain to children that they will work together to make a friendship banner to hang in their classroom.
Fill a few bowls or trays with different colors of tempera paint. Add some white paint to each color and invite children to stir the paint. Encourage them to describe what happens when the white paint is added. Then invite children to place the sponge shapes into each tray.
Put a smock on everyone and suggest they work together to cover the paper with sponge prints. Talk with children about the colors and shapes that they are using. Encourage them to cover most of the paper. On a separate sheet of paper, list the names of the children in each painting group. Encourage them to write their own names if they are able.
After each group completes their banners, find an area in the room to display their work. Place the list of names beside each banner along with a description explaining that children worked together to create each banner. Top off the display with a group "friendship" picture.
Remember: While sponge prints may work best for very young children, older children may be more interested in creating a mural using paintbrushes and paint. Be flexible and open to the skill level and interests of the group.
Family Favorites. Send a note home asking families to share their favorite childhood memories with their child. Encourage parents to show their child a favorite object from their childhood that they still may have, show photographs that depict favorite events or people, teach their child a favorite childhood game, rhyme, or song, or visit the library to find a favorite childhood book to read with their child.
Curriculum Connection: BLOCKS
Let's Work Together. Arrange for children to work in pairs with small manipulative sets like linking shapes, interlocking blocks, construction sets, or small wooden blocks. Encourage them to create something together. Then, ask each pair to share their work.
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