- Cristi Wuenschel
Painting with 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 we're having a Dirt Adventure with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
And today we're learning about Living in Dirt and creating a Mushroom House Make & Play.
We started off the day by talking about what animals live in the dirt. Open-ended discussion questions such as this one are included in each day's lesson plan and they're a great way to get children thinking about the daily topic.
After circle time, we usually take turns exploring the other activities that are included in each day's lesson.
Today that meant investigating a dirt sensory bin, telling stories about underground animals, and making mushroom houses.
One of the preschoolers' favorite things to do is paint. And you know what? Painting is perfect for practicing fine motor skills, communication skills, and with the Make & Play activities from Experience Early Learning, exploring dramatic play.
After all, these fun creative art activities include discussion prompts and instructions as well as ideas for play.
When the children finishing painting and assembling their mushroom houses, they were encouraged to invent an animal or creature to live inside the house.
They then had the opportunity to make it from art supplies or draw it on paper, which meant even more creativity and fine motor practice.
The children always have a wonderful time exploring the hands-on art activities included in our Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) preschool curriculum kits.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our Fables & Folktales theme!