- Cristi Wuenschel
Frog Painting for Preschoolers
Updated: Aug 15, 2021
As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.
This month, we're learning about Fables & Folktales with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and the moral of today's story was to think about others and their feelings.
We talked about what we can do if someone is sad or scared as well as how colors make us feel.
After that, we made Flip Frog Art with paper, plastic frog toys, and of course paint. The children loved this great process art activity.
As always, this month's creative art coordinates with each day's topic perfectly. A family of frogs was featured in today's fable and our invitation to create included frogs too.
Have you ever made frog art? Every process art activity includes an inspiration photo and today's photo was of course a frog.
Experience Early Learning also encourages us to paint with lots of unconventional items and for this open-ended art activity our paintbrushes were plastic frog toys.
We usually do the creative art activities in small groups during center time, which means 3-5 children working on their invitation to create at the art center together.
Not only are these process art experiences great for practicing visual arts and fine motor skills, but working side-by-side in a small group encourages communication skills as well.
For each of these invitation to create activities, the Teacher Guide includes several prompts to engage the children and encourage them to think creatively.
Today's prompts for our Flip Frog Painting were:
What do you see in the photo? What colors and details do you notice?
Which colors will you dip your frog feet into?
How will you make frogs jump onto your paper?
What happens when you use the frog as a stamping tool?
Another wonderful feature in our Teacher Guide is the observation questions. Each creative art activity includes a few questions to help with the assessment process.
With this activity, we observed whether or not the child used the frog as a painting tool and expressed what colors he or she wanted to use.
The prompts and observation questions are such a helpful part of each week's Teacher Guide!
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our Fables & Folktales theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).