- Cristi Wuenschel
Ostrich 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.
This week with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) we learned about Exotic Birds.
The topics were Ostrich, Penguin, Blue Crane, Peacock, and Birdwatching.
We love process art! It's perfect for inquisitive preschoolers and this Ostrich Head Art was no exception.
Our class used basic supplies - background paper, forks, eye stickers, and of course paint - to make these adorable ostrich paintings.
For every invitation to create process art experience from Experience Early Learning, we receive a list of supplies, set up instructions, prompts, and even observation questions.
What do you notice about the ostrich's eyes? What do you think the ostrich is looking at?
How will you use the fork to draw its fluffy feathers?
How else can you use the paint?
This particular activity was unique because we used forks to create ostrich feathers, which meant an opportunity for the preschoolers to learn about being resourceful and creating texture with everyday items.
In the summer, we sometimes have school kids join us and they get just as excited about the invitation to create activities as the preschoolers. After all, process art is for all ages.
Did the child plan a deliberate design?
Did he or she control the fork to create feathers?
It's great because the children can explore and experiment with new materials and techniques, everything is quick and easy, and the preschoolers love the fun and engaging art activities included in each month's preschool curriculum kit.
Not to mention each project coordinates perfectly with our monthly thematic study and encourages creative thinking and communication skills.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our Birds & Eggs theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).