Inspired by Paint

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    Brand new jars . . .   Red, yellow, and blue paint mixed in several combinations.         Newly mixed paint means newly inspired children.     Lots of ideas!     The colors were named green-blue, purple, dark purple, purple, blue-yellow and so on.     I think we need […]

Color Mixing is Not Always About Color

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  Though incredibly simple, color-mixing is one of my favorite experiences to offer infants and toddlers.   Water in itself is wonderful because it is such a basic element that children are familiar with, yet are still fascinated by – I assume for its complex properties and seemingly unpredictable nature when splashed or spilled.   […]

June Art Group

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  I am eager to host an art group around one theme of materials. I think offering one material in combination with several other art mediums or to be used as several different tools would encourage the children to imagine more possibilities per object.   For instance, I’d like to host a reflective surfaces art […]

Sensory “Art” Group for Infants and Toddlers

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  The Infant/Toddler Art Group is Back! Now that the weather is more predictable, I plan on hosting an art group each month.   This month instead art as usual, a friend had the inspired idea of a sensory “art” group. She provided most of the sensory bins but I brought a couple too.   […]

The First Three Years of Art

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What do Reggio Emilia art experiences look like in the first three years?   When I first started learning about Reggio Emilia’s approach, most of the project work I was reading about and had seen occured with preschool-aged children.  I had a hard time finding examples of what infant and toddler play with art materials […]

Learning to Use Art Tools

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At first glance this may look like there may have been some learning about what happens when yellow meets blue. I think that might have been going on as well, but the real fascination was with trying to get the water into the pipette.     After some struggle, Greysen is pleased with finally getting […]

Simple New Year’s Eve Hats

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This year we will be traveling for the New Year and in wanting to keep in tradition of the girls participating in our festivities we prepped some party gear.   I bought some party hats at the local dollar store and painted them a solid silver (two coats).     The girls painted the hats […]

How Sensory Play is Different Than Art

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When I think of sensory play and art, I don’t think of them interchangeably because each is so uniquely valuable. I guess that this distinction is not really an important one to make in most circumstances. I do think it is useful for adults to consider the two separately because the expectations of the two […]

Rainbow and Watercolor

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We came across this as we walked to the kitchen for breakfast. Just a little bit of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.   I set-up a morning invitation to play where the rainbow was.  Inspired by the rainbow, I offered more watercolor choices then Greysen has ever had at once.     I didn’t […]

It Is Probably Not An Open-Ended Art Experience If . . .

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We love all things art. We stop by booths at festivals, attend local mommy and me classes every now, and visit our nearby children’s museum to play with whatever art materials others have to offer. I have experienced two classes of sorts with my daughters, in which the educators spoke of their strong support support […]