🎨 “The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.” ~ Maria Montessori

The child is naturally drawn to hands-on exploration. Art activities are especially good for developing small motor skills and sensory learning. With multiple steps involved, the child will begin to sequence and make choices too.

I had prepared three art options — paint, stickers and sequins, and tissue paper to cover a glass jar — and placed each on our art cart. She was drawn to the colorful tissue paper and its texture. Once she realized the activity also included the glass jar, glue and a paint brush, she was delighted and ready to begin.

“We are going to work with all of these materials. Do you remember what we need to place on the work table first?” I walked toward the kitchen and said, “Here are the mats! Which color would you like to use today?” I continued to offer her choices until the small table was prepared.

I sat beside her and asked, “May I take a turn to show you how this works?” She agreed. After presenting the activity, I asked her if she’d like to listen to some music. (I love combining music with art!) With Black Jack Baby by Elizabeth Mitchell (inspired by Nelly @the_nesting__mama 🙏) playing, I sat nearby ready to offer support. She:

1. tore the tissue paper into pieces 

2. added glue to the small bowl 

3. used the paint brush to apply the glue to the glass jar

4. selected each piece of torn paper 

5. pressed the paper onto the wet glue.

With each step, she had the creative freedom to:

✨use as many colors as she’d like

✨tear the paper into any size 

✨crumple the paper

✨place it anywhere on the glass jar 

I watched as she moved the glue-coated paint brush across both the mat and up onto the jar. She crumpled little pieces of paper and quickly realized that they were sticking to the glue remnants on her fingers. After wiping her fingers, she added a few more pieces of paper to the jar and appeared satisfied. Together, we cleaned up the art activity and she headed to our work shelf. 

When her mother arrived, she didn’t mention the jar that she had half decorated or ask to take it home. Instead, she left with all the new skills she had gained.

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