Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experience in the arts. According to Play Projects and preschool Standards by Gera Jacobs and Kathy Krowley, “Through the arts, children learn to express themselves and discover that they can represent their thoughts and ideas through many different media. The arts help children develop the concept that one thing can represent an idea…Art assists children in making meaning of their world”. Art nurtures creativity.
Preschool teachers and daycare providers have the opportunity to promote creative development by providing art activities that explore media and materials and encourage imagination.
This Thanksgiving Vegetable Cornucopia craft is an excellent example of an activity that provides the opportunity to for expression, to encourage spontaneity in material usage, and to introduce children to textured materials.
This Thanksgiving creative arts lesson plan includes a materials list, preparation instructions and procedures for this activity to make childcare jobs easier, but also the age appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Vegetable Cornucopia Materials:
Potatoes, corn on the cob, apples and squash
Paint in a variety of colors
Brown construction paper
Shallow paint dishes
Cornucopia Print Activity Preparation:
- Cut cornucopia shapes out of brown construction paper
- Set out tempura paints in shallow trays
- Cut vegetables in half to create stamps
- Cover the activity table with butcher paper and set out paint and art paper
Procedures for Cornucopia Prints Activity
- Invite the children over and tell that you are going to make vegetable prints to decorate a cornucopia.
- Help children glue their cornucopia onto art paper
- Show children how to press the stamps into the glue and then press the stamps onto the cornucopia.
- Children can make as many prints as they like. Allow to dry completely.
Cornucopia Print Craft Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create prints using vegetable stamps.
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make designs with vegetable stamps!
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to press the stamp onto the paper?
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose paint colors and to use with the veggie stamps.
Verbal Cue A: Which color of paint would you like to use first?
Verbal Cue B: I like the designs you have made!
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: Let’s take turns using the paints.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Melissa use the orange paint?
Kids will have great fun in your childcare center while learning important creative arts skills.
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