Families may be surprised to know that when it comes to arts and crafts projects, there is more than one way to approach an activity. Some families may opt to go with a more product-focused approach, while other families may go with a process-focused approach.
Product-Focused Art is when a child begins a project knowing what the end product should look like and they follow a set of instructions to get to their goal. Product-focused art have a right and wrong way to work on the project and typically require a specific skill and technique to reach that end goal. At Educational Playcare, we use process-focused art in the classroom. Process-Focused Art is when a child is given an open-ended project and they have the opportunity to express themselves through their work. Though process-focused art can end up being a gift or decoration, however the artwork turns out is based on your child’s discovery and creativeness.
We want all of our families – those in attendance and those who are at home – to still be able to enjoy fun, educational activities with their children. What could be better than pulling out the arts and crafts and creating some amazing masterpieces? Below are a few art ideas families can enjoy at home.
- Make your own paint: All you need is 3 cups flour, 3 tablespoons corn starch, 4 cups water, and food coloring. Mix flour and corn starch. Slowly add water and whisk to ensure mixture does not lump. Once smooth, separate into bowls and mix in 2-3 drops of food coloring to reach desired color.
- Create watercolor paintings using homemade watercolors. All you need is 4 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 tsp Light Corn Syrup, 2 tbsp cornstarch, food coloring, and a mini muffin tin. Mix baking soda and vinegar together in a spouted container (Liquid measuring cup). Add corn syrup and cornstarch, and mix until well dissolved. Pour into a mini muffin tin. Your mixture will thicken if you stop stirring so keep it moving as you pour. Add 6 drops of liquid food color to each compartment of paint. An extra pinch of cornstarch will compensate for the extra liquid. Let your paints set for 24-48 hours. To paint, simply swish with a wet paint brush.
- Swing Painting: Let the children lay on their bellies of their swing and paint underneath them as they swing.
- Freeze Dance Painting: Let the children dance around while painting with their feet. When the music stops, they freeze. Start the music again to begin painting again!
- Still Life Art: Have the children choose an object that they want to draw or paint. Provide them with a variety of materials and see what they create.
- Paper Towel Tube Stamping: Make shapes out of paper towel tubes for them children to stamp with.
- Painting with Bubble Wands: All you need are some bubble wands, white paper, dish soap, and liquid watercolor (or food coloring). Mix it all together and let the bubble art begin!
What is your child’s favorite art activity?