Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"APFLH" Children's Art Studio... Adult Session

Last month I cancelled our children's art studio session...
 
The reason?
 
I was asked to present a play-inspired workshop for a group of English and Spanish speaking 
family child care providers and preschool teachers in the Los Angeles area!!
 
So I... 
 
put a closed sign on our door
packed up my materials
and took the show on the road!
 


Resource and Idea Table

A Chinese Dramatic Play Activity


w/ Asian inspired restaurant props and
chopsticks (for fine motor development)
 
inspired by the book
"Lion Dancer"
by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low


Play Dough Monster Creations


Homemade Play Dough (not pictured)
Play Dough tools
 
inspired by the book
"Go Away Big Green Monster"
by Ed Emberley


Dinosaur Babies


Repurposed Box- (with a trash bag liner)
Bird Seed- (used as a substitute for sand)
Cups for scooping
Toy Dinosaurs
 
inspired by the read-along
"Dinosaur Babies"
by Lucille Recht Penner

The Music Box


Paint Dot Art on Paper Towels


and a...

"Things that Grow" Food Collage


Grocery store ads or cooking magazines
Play Dough scissors
Construction Paper
Glue
 
inspired by the book
"Growing Vegetable Soup"
by Lois Ehlert
 

My take-away message to the group was to...
 
keep it "hands-on"
follow the children's lead
and learn to use what you have!
 
I decided to show them exactly what I meant by repurposing school fundraiser boxes for...
 
Before...
 
 
After...
 
Marble Painting/Waffle Ball Painting



Marbles or Waffle Balls- (depending on the ages of the children)
Box- (repurposed box or small pencil box)
Paper
Paint
 
inspired by the story
"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni
 
 
I received such positive feedback from the group
and I have found that not only do I enjoy inspiring children...
 
I also enjoy inspiring the adults who work with them!
 
And so as we collectively celebrate April as "Month of the Young Child"
 
let us all try to
 
recognize
realize
remember
 
The best way to make a difference in the world
is through the life of a child!

(Up next are... "Bubbles")


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