Why do children need creative arts activities? According to Sarah Gable in her article “Creativity in Young Children”, “Creativity is more than a product — it’s a process. An interesting painting, a thought-provoking writing, or a unique response, may be examples of creative work, but the decisions people make as they paint, sculpt, write and think are at the core of the creative process. The objective of this publication is to broaden understanding about the creative process for parents and others who work with children and youth…Art and music are common examples of creativity, but you can find creative thought in almost all aspects of life — from the way a parent quiets a crying child to the methods a scientist uses to discover a cure for a disease.”
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 marble painting 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 is also a good way to discuss the aspects of winter.
This lesson plan includes a materials list, preparation instructions and procedures for this activity to make your childcare job easier. There are also age appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Marble Painting Materials List
For each child you will need:
Paint in a variety of colors
Disposable baking pan (you can also use the lid of a cardboard box)
Activity Preparation and Procedures
- Cover the activity table in butcher paper
- Pour paints into small shallow containers.
- Place all of the other materials on the activity table.
- Invite the children over to the activity area and explain that you will be making designs using marbles and paint.
- Help children place art paper in the bottom of the pan.
- Ask the children which colors they would like to use.
- Help children roll each marble in the paint colors and place them in the pan
- Show children how to tilt the pan to get the marbles to roll and create designs.
Marble Painting Lesson Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create painting using marbles and paint
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make paintings with marbles!
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to make designs on the art paper with paint?
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose the colors for their painting.
Verbal Cue A: What paint colors would you like to use?
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to use more than one color of paint?
Kids will have great fun in your childcare center while learning about colors and expressing themselves creatively.
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