Creative Monoprinting with Loose Parts

Creative Monoprinting with Loose Parts

Art making is an ever-evolving process that involves research, invention, and risk-taking.  At the heart of process art is experimentation.  It is important to offer art experiences that children can bring their own ideas to test and explore. I love introducing...
Clay: Don’t Forget the Explore Stage

Clay: Don’t Forget the Explore Stage

I think many times when it comes to material introduction, we jump to the “create and make stage” yet forget the explore stage. Yes! The magic and wonder of the explore stage is crucial! The language of clay! It’s different from playdough. Clay comes from...
Toddler Tales ~ Painting a Gift

Toddler Tales ~ Painting a Gift

Having toddlers make gifts is such a wonderful way to add a personal touch during the holidays. Painting a gift can be a wonderful experience for the toddler and makes a lovely, unique gift. This painting process can also be an essential learning experience for...
Toddler Tales ~ Pumpkin Painting

Toddler Tales ~ Pumpkin Painting

One of my favorite October traditions is pumpkin painting! We take our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and the next day, we paint our pumpkins! It is such a fun and easy activity and the kids get to be more creatively involved than they do with pumpkin carving. Full...
Birthday Rocks

Birthday Rocks

Celebrating birthdays with classroom traditions is an important component in setting up my class community. Each child’s birthday is celebrated exactly the same — and it is deeply meaningful. I am amazed at the comfort the children take in the sameness of the...