December is here and the children have started on their first holiday project.
The children made a 3-D sleigh using:
- Wooden box or wooden cut out puzzle pieces to assemble.
- Large popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners
- Shiny decorations
- Glue stick
- Canvas or rigid board as a base
- Your imagination
The 2 year olds were given a ready made wooden box because they are too young to assemble a sleigh, and cannot yet grasp the idea of forming a box. They used different sized brushes, as well as a sponge to paint the sleigh. The little ones really enjoyed working tactile materials, and are not too concerned with the final product. They are developing fine motor skills through squishing paint, and swirling the paint brush inside the box. Did I mention how much they adored smearing glue onto any given surface, AND had fun working with cotton?
2 YEAR OLD ARTISTS
The 31/2 – 4 1/2 year old artists are capable of assembling a sleigh with some assistance. This was a challenging yet rewarding project because the children learned how to fit pieces together and how to make a sleigh stand upright. This project had the children focus on working independently, and asked for help when needed. The children also selected their choice of large colored popsicle sticks and attached it to the bottom of the sleigh with velcro. Other children twisted two pipe cleaners X 2 and taped it to the bottom of the sleigh. This way, you can curl the front gliders to give an impression of a real sleigh.
3 1/2 – 4 YEAR OLD ARTISTS
Try this at home and let me know how it goes. Please drop me a line if you have any questions.
Stay tune for next week’s holiday project!!!