Creative beginnings for tiny tots

Posts tagged ‘art and nature’

A Visual Vacation: Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

Sorry for the lapse in new posts of late.  Unfortunately, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with some family matters…an ailing mom in a different city…difficult times.  This post is for those out there who, like me, may be in need of a little something to lift the spirits.  I happened upon this post by another art therapist and am repblogging it here because, although it features creations by an adult artist, the marriage between art and nature fits nicely with our ART IN HAND ways, and the images are so lovely and soothing…just what the doctor ordered.  I think I’ll print them and send them to my mom as well!

 

 

 

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Have You Seen Trees?

This lovely book written by Joanne Oppenheim and illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng

inspired life-sized art, as we posed like trees and got to stretch our limbs as we drew and painted on large paper posted on the wall.  Working large, on a vertical surface, makes the act of drawing and painting very much a gross motor (rather than fine motor) activity.  The arms move from the shoulder down to the hand, and the entire trunk is engaged for balance as children paint in a standing or squatting position.

Have you seen trees?  High trees, wide trees, reaching-to-the-sky trees….

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These nests are THE BEST!!!

Here’s a little photo gallery of some of our busy nesters and some of the many delightful nests they created in our classes recently.

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Nature AND Nurture

Nothing like baby animals to bring out the nurturing side in us humans, and toddlers and preschoolers are no exception.  The essence of that nurturing spirit is captured literally and symbolically in the concept of the nest.   And the act of nesting itself, creating a warm, protective environment in which a new life can grow and emerge enveloped by its parents and the safe haven they so carefully crafted, is truly captivating for young children, as they identify with the babies in the scenario and also get to try the parental role on for size.

Toddlers and preschoolers are natural collectors…

… and gluers…

And as you can see, highly invested in creating their own unique nests.

An ambitious five year old got busy with scissors to create his own chipmunk from construction paper and flower petals (for eyes) to live in his nest.

I just love these nests, and look forward to seeing them emerge each spring!

The Art of Springtime

As we kick off another spring session, I wanted to share with you all an article I wrote for Washington Parent magazine a few years back.  I hope it inspires you to make the most of the creative possibilities that surround your wherever you are.

Washington Parent: The Art of Springtime

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Let it snow!

Not much has been happening winter weather-wise around the DC area this year, but winter-a-plenty has been happening in our classes.  See for yourself.  The kids readily grasp the connections between our stories, such as Lois Ehlert’s Snowballs and Jane Simmons’ Little Fern’s First Winter, to their experiences with the art materials.  Hopefully, in the weeks to come, they’ll have some real world experiences with snow before we welcome spring.