Saturday, September 23, 2017
Making a collage is a standard type of activity in preschool and kindergarten rooms. Assembling a lot of different materials to create a larger visual item is a time-honored art form. In fact it is so familiar that often we overlook it as a creative endeavor. But preschoolers still enjoy making collages and experimenting with this visual art form.
In our art camp last summer, we created a collage with sticky notes. These collages were group efforts with different colors, sizes, and shapes of self-stick notes. We got most of our notes from the dollar store.
We used our magnet boards as a base for the collages. But you could use large pieces of paper. Or even create the collage directly on a wall.
This activity is great for all ages of preschoolers. Since no glue or other adhesive is involved, younger preschoolers can easily enjoy doing this activity. And our pre-kindergartners and kindergartners really enjoyed it, too.
Just make sure you have lots of notes on hand!
If you leave the collage out for several days, preschoolers can add to it or rearrange it. They can take notes off and replace them later.
Add even more creativity with pens or markers. Children can draw or write on the notes before or after sticking them on the collage.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
|from Purposeful Play by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler|
The job of children is play. They do not need to be taught to play...or to learn for that matter. They are born doing it and it is their natural way to gain knowledge about the world around them.
Play is not the opposite of work. It is (and should be) intwined with work, the work of true education and learning.