Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hands on Art!

The first week we started out with play dough, crayons, chalk on a chalkboard and stamping which many of you have seen come home with your child. We then went on to use finger paint, painted at the easel, painted with blue watercolor to make land and water, and made some apple and potato prints. We have strung noodles on yarn to make necklaces. This week children began gluing scraps of paper onto other paper.  They have also applied paint onto paper through a stencil.
When designing art activities we feel it is very important that children are able to manipulate the material; paintbrushes are easy and satisfying to hold. A small container of glue is given with a brush that easily fits into it.  Art activities are available at all times and it is wonderful to see children enjoying them! 
“The hand is the delicate and structurally complicated organ that allows the mind not only to manifest itself but to enter into special relations with its environment.”  From The Secret of Childhood by Dr. Maria Montessori

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