- Cristi Wuenschel
Noodle City Process Art for Preschoolers
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.
Each month, we receive a new preschool curriculum kit from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and it's jam-packed with everything we need for an engaging and hands-on thematic unit!
Our current theme is Global Passport and this week we're learning about man-made wonders of the world.
Today's topic is Machu Picchu and we learned that Machu Picchu is an abandoned city in Peru.
Lately, we've been focusing a lot on the Make & Play activities, but today I wanted to share a favorite Invitation to Create.
These process art activities are perfect for working on fine motor skills. And of course, open-ended art gives preschoolers the opportunity to get creative too.
Each week's Teacher Guide includes a variety of Creative Art experiences and today the children each made a "Noodle City" using pasta, cardstock, paint, and glue.
Invitation to Create activities include an inspiration photo, a list of supplies, set up instructions, and even prompts.
What do you notice about the photo of Machu Picchu? What colors do you see?
How could you use the materials to design a city model?
What other details would you like to draw and add to your city?
What is the name of your city?
There are also observation questions included for each day's Creative Art activity, which is definitely helpful for doing assessments.
The Creative Art activities are one of our favorite things about Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and they coordinate so perfectly with the daily topics.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our Space & Sky theme!