At the beginning of the weekly Mother Goose Time Teacher Guides books, there are two pages dedicated to STEAM stations. We love these extra activities! There are great ideas and they allow children to learn through free-play.
Today our Pre-K class did the Chalk & Water activity. When I set up this activity the children saw some chalk on the table sitting next to a cup of water. They immediately wondered what the water was for. One of the questions to ask was what they thought might happen when they dipped the chalk into water. They noticed that once they dipped the chalk into the water the colors became smoother and “totally darker” as one of our kiddos said.
When I asked one of the children if they would want to be a chalk artist they responded with “Sure! Because I like drawing with chalk.”
Chalk and water are not something they often see together, so this STEAM activity was really fun for them. They took their time experimenting with the different chalk colors and loved how much darker they looked on paper when wet, vs. drawing with dry chalk. Having the children use wet chalk isn’t something that is often thought about, as we always bring the chalk out when it is sunny; but letting them use it wet created a totally different art experience and they will get to do this again!
We love the painting Starry Night from Van Gogh. We always look forward to this lesson when we are doing the Art Studio unit with Mother Goose Time. In Lesson 11, the children got to create “A Starry Night.” We talked about what shapes and designs they see in the sky when the stars are out. Mother Goose Time provided all of the materials we needed for this project – all we needed to provide was the paint! We helped the children swirl their pipe cleaner and then they dipped it in the paint and stamped it on their door hanger. They liked seeing the different designs their pipe cleaner created. The preschool class loves glitter, so it is always fun when a project involves glitter. They sprinkled it on their door hanger and created their “Starry Night.” They got to take these home to hang on their bedroom doors!
Our Toddler class created stars to resemble the stars that are in the Starry Night painting. The teachers cut out yellow stars and the children got to finger paint them with glitter paint. These turned out really cute, and when they were complete the teachers hung them on the wall with the child’s name to make their own starry night.
Lesson 13 in this unit was all about mixing colors. They reviewed the three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow). They talked about what colors they thought they would create when these colors were mixed with each other, and afterwards they got the opportunity to mix red with yellow, yellow with blue, and blue with red. After the children created their colors they painted their coffee filter, and turned them into butterflies!
We love that Mother Goose Time allows the teachers to use their own creativity within the lessons.
This week we have focused on art in France. To go along with Lesson 9 from Mother Goose Time we made pointillism paintings of the Eiffel Tower. We talked about the Eiffel Tower (we love that Mother Goose Time provided information of the Eiffel Tower for the Community Challenge under Lesson 9) and then provided the children with an outline of the Eiffel Tower and a Q-tip so they could make small dots. They really concentrated on making each dot and filling in their Eiffel Tower before working on making their dots around it. They did find that making dots was more time consuming, but they enjoyed using different colors and seeing the patterns they were making!
Our Toddlers did their own version of pointillism paintings by using dot painters. They had fun stamping these on their paper and even got to try to use some hole punchers to make more dots!
One of the fun things about having different age groups is seeing how each class did their own version of the same lesson, based on their age-group. Pointillism paintings are fun and we are excited to do more!
Last week was all about Art in Italy. In Lesson 2, of Mother Goose Time’s Art Studio curriculum, the topic was “Portrait.” The day before they completed self-portraits, so we talked about the difference of a self-portrait and a portrait. Our Pre-K students paired up and sketched a portrait of their friend.
One of the activities in this lesson was called Magic Letters. The toddler class used the letters of each child’s name and wrote their names in the white crayons that Mother Goose Time provided. We love that Mother Goose Time provides so many of the materials needed for each lesson – it is really convenient!
Once the teachers wrote their names on the paper, the children got to paint with watercolors to uncover the hidden letters. Using the letters of the child’s name for this activity provided a great way to practice name recognition. The teachers traced their names in Sharpies when they were dry so that they could see them better. It is fun to see what colors the toddlers use and how each piece of artwork turns out.
Our first week with MGT Art Studio was a great success! We are learning a lot and having a lot of summertime fun!
Our school was closed last week for the 4th of July holiday. We came back this week and were excited to start our Art Studio curriculum. This is always a fun unit with Mother Goose Time. We love seeing the creative artwork that the children come up with.
For our self-portraits, our teachers decided to take pictures of each child. From there,they did things a little bit differently, depending on the age group they were working with. Our toddler teachers let the children pick out their own colors of paint and they painted a picture. The teachers attached their photo to it and they wrote four things that they thought described the child, such as “I am sweet,” “I am funny.” Our infant teacher let the babies do some finger painting and then attached their picture to it, making their “self-portraits.” Both of these classes had really sweet artwork!
Our preschoolers are able to describe some of their features, so this class was able to have a discussion about what color their eyes or hair are. The teacher set out the inspiration photo and took photos of each child in the classroom. She laid the photos on top of their paper and asked them questions about what they looked like. The children got to study their photos and talk about what they saw. After their discussion the children got to paint a picture of what they look like. It was really fun to use the child’s photos to complete these projects. The parents thought these self-portraits were really special!