Having Eyes That See (Life Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God)

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
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...
Marble Painting/Waffle Ball Painting

Marbles or Waffle Balls- (depending on the ages of the children)
Box- (repurposed box or small pencil box)
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
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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