Time For Art: Heart Feet

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Start out by getting prepped first! Paint, brushes, paper, wet clean up cloths nearby and maybe even set up on top of newspapers on the floor if you want. Trust me, you don’t want to get your child’s foot covered in paint and then realize the paper is on the other side of the room!

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When you are set start with one foot. Paint the bottom of the first foot with your child’s selected color of paint. Help him, or let him, stamp his foot on the paper. Clean the first foot off, and then paint the second foot. To make a heart have a child stamp the second foot on top of heel of their first footprint to create the pointed bottom of the heart and toes create the two rounded tops.

Your child can add more paint and decorations to their hearts if they would like.

Time for Art: Bean Turkey

Can you tell I’m totally playing catch-up? I spent the week visiting my brand new baby nephew and I had amazing intentions of staying on top of our activities and posting new activity blogs… but why do that when I could be doing this…

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So, that is why I am posting this week’s art activity on a Friday! Here is another turkey friend and another craft with a hand tracing… I just can’t pass up doing crafts that involve those sweet, chubby little hands!

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This time around you are going to trace around your child’s hand and use that for the turkey body, no cutting involved this week. Once you have the body traced onto the paper plate you can let your child go to work gluing on the beans. You know all those beans you’ve been doing fine motor work with? Now you can use them for a craft!

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You definitely need to use a paper plate, or some sort of cardboard of that weight. Otherwise the beans will be too heavy and will bend it. I don’t even think card stock would be heavy enough for this. So, if you don’t have a paper plate, you could cut a nice circle or square from a cereal or cracker box. Personally, I like to make sure I have a paper plate, because it makes it look a little nicer, and I like to use this craft along with the Turkey Roll to set around at Thanksgiving time.

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Let’s talk about what’s going on here:

Fine motor: Fine motor, fine motor, fine motor… blah, blah, blah. Are you tired of hearing about fine motor? I hope not because it is such a huge part of your child’s development at this age. These crafts are a great chance to get all of those little muscles moving. But your child will come across a lot of fine motor enhancing tasks throughout their day, so make sure you let them try, maybe even struggle a little bit, to keep their hands and fingers working! I know it’s so much easier to just do it, but that isn’t going to benefit your child in the long run.

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Arts and Crafts: I mentioned something to this effect last week with the Turkey Roll craft, but I’m going to say it again. It is such a great learning experience to see a collection of random materials… a paper plate, hand, beans, and glue… as they transform into something. Not just something, but something they were in charge of making! It opens up such a world of creativity, and the chance to just try, experiment, and learn what comes of it. Let your child explore and experiment with this activity and really give their creativity and imagination a chance!

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Time For Art: Turkey Roll

I panicked about 3 years ago when I started noticing toilet paper rolls coming without the tubes… don’t get me wrong I like taking care of the environment, but those tubes are great craft material! So, I have a tp roll collection going strong, just in case all of the rolls start going tubeless.

Here is a sweet way to incorporate the upcoming holiday and your child’s art. There are plenty of fine motor opportunities, and a chance for your child to be proud every time they see their Thanksgiving decoration. You can check out the materials list and a brief breakdown here.

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Start by tracing your child’s hands on various colored sheets of construction paper. Cut that out, and while you are busy doing that maybe your child could color the tp tube to keep them busy too.

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Now that you have the “feathers” cut out you can show your child the back of the tube and work together to glue them on. We kind of piled ours up in the shape of a fan, glued them all together and glued the stack of feathers on all together.

It’s time to put the face on the other side of the tube. As your child starts to work on the face ask them what makes up a face. You’ll get some pretty cute answers I’m sure. Then, you can go through each part and ask them where it goes.

Don’t be discouraged if your child isn’t sure how to really put a face together. The ability to put pieces of a face where they belong is something that will develop over time. Just let them experiment with it, and remember there is no right way to do it, it’s ok if it doesn’t look perfect. Try not to correct your child, or tell them how to do it too much, the experimentation with it is where the learning is at, not getting it “right.”

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Let’s talk about what’s going on in this activity:

Fine Motor: There are great opportunities here to get those small muscles in the hand and forearm working! Squeezing the glue bottle and then using the pincer grasp (fore finger and thumb) to hold onto the small pieces of paper and stick it to the tube are great exercises.

Communication: Just like most other activities it is up to us to capitalize on great opportunities for communication. Use this activity as a chance to talk about colors, where to put the parts of the turkey, and what makes up a face. Ask questions and describe what you see your child doing!

Arts and Crafts: In each stage of development your child is constantly learning more and more. In these art activities they are learning about their creative independence, what happens when they are in control of putting the parts of the turkey together, and they experience art materials going from nothing to something.

Of course these areas of development are just icing on the cake. The main purpose for all of these activities is for you and your child to have a chance to work together and spend time having fun together!

Happy Playing!

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