- several cardboard boxes (choose boxes that will easily stack and also nest inside each other)
- tempera paint
- collage materials, including glue sticks, paper or fabric scraps, old magazines for cutting, and stickers
- child safety scissors
- drawing materials, including paper, markers, and crayons
ACTIVITYSet out cardboard boxes.
- creative thinking
- social development
- fine motor
Ask your child to describe what she sees. Invite her to organize the boxes by size. Then, suggest she stack and nest the boxes.
Inform your child that she will decorate the boxes using a variety of art materials.
Encourage her to paint the outside and inside of each box.
Suggest she plan how she would like to design her boxes. When the sides and insides of the boxes are dry, turn each box over and invite your child to paint the bottom.Offer your child the option of decorating the painted areas with collage materials, pictures from magazines, or her own drawings.Invite her to now stack, nest, and organize her boxes.
Keep these boxes available so your child can enjoy her artistic creations and continue to play with them.Remember:
Limit the types of art materials available if your child is very young or if she becomes overwhelmed by too many choices.Extension: Treasure chest
Create “treasure chests” by providing your child with a cardboard shoebox, glue, colored paper, appropriate pictures from magazines, markers, macaroni, and even stickers. She can decorate the box and keep special “treasured” items inside.Curriculum Connection: Literacy
Who lives in my box? Ask your child to create a story about something that lives inside her box. Provide her with drawing and writing materials and assist her in writing or dictating the story.