A fun new way I've been extending storytime with Little Brother is by setting up various process art activities.
Our latest process art creation went along with the storybook, Katy-No Pocket.
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Katy-No Pocket is a story about a mother kangaroo who has no pocket and is desperately trying to figure out a way to carry her little joey. She ends up in the city and meets a man "covered in pockets." He gladly gives her his apron full of pockets, but before that dumps out all his tools.
Thus I thought creating with our toolbox was quite fitting for this story!
Preschool Process Art Painting
Katy No-Pocket is a longer book targeted for the preschool crowd, but is part of Before Five in a Row's manual-- and one we've read quite a few times with the two older kiddos. Definitely check it out!
With our supplies, I simply encouraged Little Brother to create using the paint and toy tools.
Process art allows the child to create with no "finished" product to be modeled after; your child simply creates!
Encourage your child to paint using the tools-- what happens when you "paint" with a saw? or hammer?
What kind of designs can the tools make?
Big Sis got in on the action, too. She enjoyed using making prints with the nuts and bolts.
Little Brother opted for a "smear" style art!
However, it was neat to watch each of them use this play tool box in a new way.
Encourage your kiddos to try all the different types of tools to make prints, marks, and designs.
Experiment with colors.
Most importantly, enjoy creating a unique piece of art!
Afterwards, allow it to dry and hang the masterpiece(s) on the fridge or wall. Or even upcycle the artwork into something else! .... That happens a lot around here with so many little artists ; )
Process art allows the adult to step back and simply encourage and study the little ones creating.
It allows the kids to explore materials in a new and unhurried way.
I love that each piece of art was unique-- just like my kiddos!
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