Every preschool art project comes with the reminder that art is a process. The act of doing a project and experimenting with the materials and imagination is far more important than the final outcome for most tiny artists. Mine are no exception.
Cleanup is always a bit of a process, too.
Pour salt into a small bowl, stir with colored chalk until salt reaches desired tint of color.
(We mixed blue and red to get purple salt,
a trick Liesl remembered from Ellen Stole Walsh's wonderful book, "Mouse Paint.")
She really dug this activity
They also played together very nicely.
Score! Double bonus.
Loads and loads of sensory experiences. :-)
(There may have been a "tasting" sensory experience when my back was turned for an instant. Fortunately, sidewalk chalk is non-toxic.)
Dump the excess salt
Ava is like her Daddy...when she concentrates, her tongue just sticks right out of her mouth--and stays out.
DON'T turn your back on toddlers with watercolors.
Actually, this face painting is mild compared to what I've found in the past.
I admit to cleaning off her face before I snapped this shot.
She had a full-on watercolor "beard." She was delighted with herself.
Reading stories for Sissy. Liesl is actually reading entire books to Ava these days.
I'm not trying to duplicate a classroom at home--that would be silly--but a teacher friend gave me this ABC wall boarder, so I couldn't resist putting it up in my kitchen. The vowels are in red, so Liesl now knows all of her vowels.
I also have a preschool/kindergarten-type calendar set up in our front hallway. It has a weekly calendar, a monthly calendar, and a weather/season chart that we change every day. Liesl enjoys "Doing Calendar" every day before morning violin practice.