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 father’s day 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. It also makes a wonderful gift
This 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.
BBQ Apron Materials:
Letter sponges (H,A, P,Y,F, T, E,R,S D)
Cover the craft table with butcher paper. Pour various colors of fabric paint onto paper plates. Provide an apron for each child and lay it flat on the table.
Procedures for Activity
- Invite the children over the activity area. Explain that you are going to make an apron for Father’s Day.
- Help the children dip the appropriate letter sponges in paint and show them where to place the letters on the apron in order to spell out “Happy Father’s Day”.
- Help the children dip their hands into the paints and then press them on the apron below the letters to create handprints. Make sure the palm is completely flat. Let the apron dry completely.
- Let the apron dry completely.
Barbeque Apron Craft Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create an apron for Father’s Day.
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make an apron for dad to wear while grilling!
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to make designs on apron?
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose paint colors for the letters and the handprints on the apron.
Verbal Cue A: Which would you like to use first: The red paint or the blue paint?
Verbal Cue B: I like the way you’ve chosen your colors!
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: Let’s take turns using the paint.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Allen use the brown paint?
Kids will have great fun in your childcare center while learning important cognitive skills: sorting and classification.
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