- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Fine arts, Fine motor skills, Playdough, Senses and Body Parts, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Clay Art in Preschool: Other Ways to Play with Clay by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 15th, 2012
Clay… Playdough… noodles….these are just some of the many “toys” kids like to play with that really tap several skills all at once! With clay they get to practice their fine motor skills, their imagination, their creativity and so much more!
Last summer, another activity Ayala Museum did was Clay Art by Jose Joya. It’s really simple and easy to do! This post isn’t really like my usual tutorials, this really is just some... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Fine arts, Fine motor skills, Skill development, Stories, Teaching Ideas Painting on Tissues like Eric Carle by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 20th, 2011
Eric Carle may not be famous in the world of fine arts, but his very famous in the world of preschool children and teachers! For most of us, not only do we love his art and all his book, but we love also all the books in which he did the illustration. Brown Bear, Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiny Seed, etc.
Well, though he may not have his art up in the museums like MichelAngelo and Picasso, Eric Carle is one of the greatest artists for the kids. S... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Fine arts, Fine motor skills, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Painting with Scissors like Henry Matisse by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 14th, 2011
It's fun to do art with kids, but when you talk about art with them... crayons and paint are usually the first things that come to mind. Nothing wrong with that, but there's still so much more ways to do art then just the usual. Which is why I'm glad I came across Henry Matisse!
Henry Matisse was a well known artist, he was good in both painting and sculpting! But as he reached the age of 72, it became difficult for him to stand and ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (3 )
- Filed under: Family, Featured, Fine motor skills, Flowers and Plants, Messy art, Role Play, Skill development, Stories, Teaching Ideas Our Self-made Cardboard Playhouse by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 8th, 2011
Whenever I see old boxes coming from soaps, shoes, gifts or the like, I often want to keep it in hopes of finding a purpose for it in the near future. I’m guessing most preschool teachers agree with me too! We like to keep all sorts of stuff, especially boxes! Regardless of how small or BIG the box may be, we just want to keep it because we feel throwing it away will make us regret it in the future.
Just a few weeks ago, on our unit o... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Fine motor skills, Hands can feel, Messy art, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Experimenting with Puffy Ice Cream by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 4th, 2011
So last year, I saw this amazing art activity from Deborah of TeachPreschool.org, and had to try it right away! We did almost the exact thing that Deborah showed in her tutorial and it turned out to be a huge success. Not only did the kids love how it felt, but they also enjoyed the unique experience in making these shaving cream ice creams! Some of them even tried to eat it! Lucky we caught them in time!
This year, I have a new batch of ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine motor skills, Games and Activities, Magic Art, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Magical Circles with Crayon Rubbings by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 15th, 2011
Kids love magic, and the fun thing about teaching toddlers is that you DON'T need to know the difficult tricks 'coz it's easy to get things pass them. Now with art, there are also TONS of magic tricks you can do with the kids. A lot of which they can do by themselves!
One favorite is the CRAYON RESIST activity.
We did this a year ago and the kids were totally amazed! We drew a boy/girl using a white crayon without the kids knowledge an... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine motor skills, Fruits and Vegetables, Seasons, Skill development, Spring, Teaching Ideas Lacing Red Apples by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 12th, 2011
Lacing is a very difficult task to do, especially for the little ones. No matter how many times you explain it to them, they still have difficulty understanding the concept. But that's okay, because at their age, it's their EAGERNESS TO LEARN that'll get them far!
At first, the kids feel frustrated with lacing activities. Because they can't understand it, they refuse to continue doing it. But eventually, they get the small idea that all you ne... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )