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 […]

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 […]

An Artists Community

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  When I plan for the infant toddler art group, I try to keep the mediums intentionally simple. I lay out simple experiences for several reasons, but most relevant to art group is the idea that it is as important as a community as it is for the art experience itself.   Art experiences are […]

The Value of Repeated Art Experiences: Gluing Again!

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  As I admitted to the first time I offered Greysen glue, I was unsure how best to set up this material so that her learning would continue. I was fairly confident that she would enjoy gluing again, but how should I set things up to provoke a sort of next-step learning experience?   In […]

Self-Discovery, Transformation, & Face Paints

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Face paints have never been a particularly favorite art medium of mine. When teachers offered face paints to the children in other classrooms, I have to admit that I cringed on more than one occasion. I was reminded of carnival booths where children were painted up as superheroes or with glittery butterflies across their cheeks. […]

Watercolors: A Medium for Fostering Engagement

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With nature as a possible source for inspiration, I set up watercolors for Greysen underneath our lemon tree. We do not have an easel, so I hang an art board from our fence. I offer her two jars of watercolor, blue and yellow.   Today, I hung up her watercolor higher than I usually do […]

Including Infants in Traditions

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Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.                                                                  -Susan Lieberman Even though this is our second holiday season with a little one, Mike and are are still trying to establish some family traditions.  The one […]