Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dinosaur Art Projects

Continuing with our dinosaur theme, the kiddos are enjoying creating many different types of art this month. Our preschool curriculum, Mother Goose Time, features a new art project daily.
I'm a fan of the way they are seamlessly incorporated into our lessons and the way they expose our children to a variety of artists and processes.
Their favorite part? Besides loving dinosaurs, I think they're most excited that mom is saying "yes!" to painting. (They know I can't stand the mess.)
Last week, we really enjoyed making our own dinosaurs with shape cut outs and sponge paintings with dinosaur stencils. I thought the latter turned out super cute!

 Dino Shape Art was all about letting the children look at an image of origami dinosaurs ("dinosaurs" created from folded paper shapes) and allowing them to imagine their own dinosaurs using the provided shape cut outs. All I had to supply was the glue!

Noah commented on how strange it was to make dinosaurs from shapes like stars and hearts. Ada Grace enjoyed naming the different shapes as she positioned them on the paper. It was a great way for her to build vocabulary and practice speech sounds.

In the end the children's pictures might not have looked much like actual dinosaurs, but the focus was on the process and I feel they really got a lot out of that experience.

But my favorite art project of the week by far was Dinosaur Stencil Art! In this Invitation to Create, my kids got to use cardboard stencils and sponges provided by Mother Goose time to paint dinosaurs. 

I loved hearing about their color choices and watching their unique dinosaurs come to life on paper!

Stay tuned to hear more about our adventures with Mother Goose Time and dinosaurs next week!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Preschool Paleontologists: Dinosaur Excavation Art!

As many of you know, we have been learning with Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum for several months. We receive our curriculum free of charge in exchange for honest reviews and tales from the trenches each week.
After a short break due to spending the holidays with a newborn, we are back to exploring with our January box.  This box is probably our favorite so far! My kids totally love dinosaurs and January's lessons are all about dinosaurs.
Here's a look at one of our favorite activities from week one: Excavation Dig!

This activity helps children practice fine motor skills while learning about shapes and developing their creativity.  It's part of Mother Goose Time's Invitation to Create category which is often a big favorite for my daughter. However, my son isn't usually too keen to participate in creative art activities. He's more of a "math and science" type. With that in mind, I set it up like a real dig.

The children got to be paleontologists and "dig up" the provided dinosaur skeleton pieces by uncovering them with paintbrushes.

Then, the children arranged their dinosaur bones on the provided background paper as they wished and practiced pasting the pieces to the paper. Their "dinosaurs" turned out really cute!

Noah, ever the perfectionist, carefully arranged his dinosaur skeleton as it would appear in a museum while Ada Grace experimented with placing her pieces in different spots all over her paper before finally deciding on a very "abstract" orientation.

Other favorites from the week included fossil stamp art, a t-rex teeth necklace, Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner, and (as always!) music and movement activities with the Dancing with Dinosaurs CD.
Check back next week to hear more about our adventure with dinosaurs as we explore types of dinosaurs including the Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Pterodactyl!