As I mentioned last week, we began our final class of the session making "Shrinky Dinks" (I was inspired by art teacher, Erin, from Laugh Paint Create). The 2s classes drew with colored Sharpies on large sheets of shrinking plastic. Then I punched a hole in the top before baking them so the kids could make them into window hangings.
For the rest of the window hanging, the children beaded a string that will be tied to the finished Srinky Dink.
The 3s/4s kids made small Shrinky Dinks the week before to make jewelry. Once they had strung half of the beads for the necklace, I showed them how to add the Shrinky Dink on as a pendant.
Then they helped each other!
After Shrinky Dinks and beading, I brought out some materials to try a super fun throwing "splat" painting. The kids first began to do their own thing, excited to use the spray bottles and paint, but soon got really into the splat painting!
First they covered some cotton balls in watery paint...
Then grabbed a soaked cotton ball from the plate...
Thanks for stopping by! I’m an artist, entrepreneur, mother of 2, and early childhood educator. I began my career as a preschool teacher, deeply intrigued by the use of art in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. While working towards a Masters in education, I had the amazing opportunity to take part in a study tour of the preschools in Reggio Emilia. This experience has shaped who I am as a teacher, an artist, and business owner.
In January of 2010 I began offering toddler art classes in my back cottage. This wonderful experience lead to the creation of The Art Pantry, an online shop for children's art supplies and creative resource for parents and caregivers.
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