P is for Panda!
This was our scissors activity today...a simple circle, craft foam panda.
Craft foam is an awesome media for preschoolers to explore cutting with! I like to cut strips of "leftover" craft foam for my toddlers for snip cutting. They love it...and it's a lot easier than paper. This activity is not an art project. Though there is room for some creativity since they really could have glued their pieces anywhere they wanted, and obviously these two have differences...just not enough for me to consider it as an art project. There really is a "preconceived ending" to this project. I set the whole container of pom poms out...I expected the biggest ones to be put on the pandas face but...both children chose size 'appropiate' pom poms. The other thing I noticed, and chuckled over, is the mouth on the right panda. She's a little older and so I showed her on scrap paper how some mouths of bears, dogs, cats and such are portrayed with the Js. She decided that yes, she wanted that and drew it and then finished gluing on her nose and ears and was looking at her panda and then picked up her marker and closed the mouth to make it look more like a typical drawing of a mouth. Love it!
Now...the pictures displayed above the foam pandas. These pics were just googled and they'll be discarded after a bit. But I tried something "new"and I just posted those pictures up around a large piece of construction paper. Then I provided, black, white, brown and green paint and paint brushes. But...I did not suggest a painting of a panda. With my older student, who is moving write along into drawing recognizable objects, I often suggest she start with a theme related painting and then get a new sheet for exploration and she always enjoys doing that. The children know they can ask for any color paper after the first one is done, and make as many paintings as they wish. Small groups allow for a little more freedom in that regard. My own wish is that I could have it available all times of the day...but, that wouldn't be wise on my part because of the mixed age group and the home-based environment. Anyway...I had painting explorations all over my walls, and my 8 year old started painting when he got home also...so here are three of the pieces of art work.