Art Hour, again!

For this Art Hour session, we kept it simple, yet with lots of room for creativity and experimentation. We tested out painting with lots of different tools, including bath poofs, fake flowers, dish scrubbers, dish sponges, paint rollers, and, of course, a variety of actual paintbrushes.

I think I’ve posted about this before, but I’ve been using a lot more open-ended, process-focused art projects than pre-prepared, cookie cutter crafts, and the results have been great! The kids get to be creative, and I get to throw things on the tables and see what they are into. Win-win, if you ask me!

Here are pictures of the different stations:

Kids got to carry their picture from station to station and use the different paints and tools at each to make a unique masterpiece.

    
    

Here are a couple of the day’s creations!

  

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Head Start today– Books with mostly white covers…

This week’s Head Start storytime theme was “Books With Mostly White Covers…That Also Happen to be Super Interactive and Fun”, and BOY DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. The books DID indeed have mostly white covers! They WERE super interactive and fun!

Press Here by Herve Tullet- Always super fun and interactive. They all got REALLY into the blowing, and were AMAZED at the changes that took place between each page turn.

Mix it Up by Herve Tullet- While they were all loved and drove the kids wild, the group favorite was Mix it Up. One kid even got it confused with Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint and asked “Does this one got rats in it?!” [insert cry-laughing emoji here]

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak- This group had heard The Book With No Pictures before, but that didn’t stop them from thinking it was hilarious and asking me to read it “Again, again!” I told them that unfortunately I had to go back to the library and work.. I would have loved to stay and play for the rest of the day though! We finished up with the usual giant group hug, and I went on my way back to the library for more Summer Reading fun!

Art Hour    

We had lots of fun at Art Hour this week! We had a few different stations, with different art supplies to try out! I’ve been trying out more “process art” things lately, and I’ve found that the kids and parents are really running with the open-ended-ness of the art projects. Plus, it’s SO easy for me– All I have to do is cover tables and get out art supplies! Here are some pictures of a few of our stations:

Liquid Watercolor in Spray Bottles

  

Variety Paintbrushes and Stamps

  

Markers

…featuring these AWESOME Tri-Color Crayola washable markers. These were SUCH a hit!

  

Cleanup was a doozy, and the carpet may or may not now have liquid watercolor speckles on it, but it was well-worth it! We will be repeating this program two more times over the summer, with different art supplies.

Colors! 

This week at storytime, we read these awesome books about colors!

  It was SO hard to narrow it down, because there are so many great books about colors, but these are the ones I chose:

Little Green Peas by Keith Baker- LMNO Peas was such a hit, so I figured the kiddos would like this one just as much, and they did! The kids got a little confused about the repetition of “little green peas” though, because sometimes they changed to “little green guys” or “little green fellas” but it kept them on their toes! This one would have been good with a little smaller of a group though, because the illustrations are so detailed and the green peas so little.

Magic Colors by Patrick George- THIS BOOK IS MAGICAL, if you couldn’t tell from the name. We had lots of fun turning the magic pages and watching the colors change. Mesmerizing.

…and one of my very favorites:

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh- Not sure what to say about this book aside from the fact that it’s one of my faves. It introduces the concept of mixing colors to make other colors perfectly… and there’s a cat in it, so there’s that. 🙂

After stories, we had a couple of colorful activities!

The first was mixing colors, just like the mice did! I almost always do this activity when I read Mouse Paint, so of course I did it this week! Very simple, just put red, blue, and yellow paints in a baggie with a spoon, seal them up, and let the kids go to town squishing the paint around to see what new colors they can make.

  
This activity is usually a hit, but it wasn’t as amazing to the kids this time because on the other tables were ACTUAL PAINTS AND PAPER, and of course, the messier the better!

Here are some examples of masterpieces that were created:

This was a great storytime, and the kids love playing with paints so much, I think I’m going to get them out more often!