Activities to support children's developmental needs
April 2016 Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
Week 3: The Art Connection
One of the reasons Dancing Feet is so inviting is because of the unique artwork. Encourage your child to recreate the style of pictures by using corrugated cardboard as a stamp. It’s not nearly as messy as it sounds and is very satisfying to the little artist.
~The Art Connection~
Child friendly, washable paint
Sturdy cardboard (diaper or Costco boxes work great!)
Large pieces of white paper
Baby wipes (for quickly wiping down paint-covered fingers)
Prep ahead of time:
Carefully peel the cardboard apart so that you expose the inside ridges. Fold the piece with exposed ridges into a triangle and tape the top together. This creates a stamp with a handle.
Put a small amount of paint on a paper plate (one plate for each color).
With your child:
Re-read the book again and spend time talking about the illustrations. Ask your child what color the animals are and what shapes they see. With older children you can draw their attention to the white lines within the yellow colors. Ask them how they think the illustrator created this.
Model stamping the paint for your child and then encourage them to do it themselves. They can experiment with the colors by covering one area of the paper with just one color, or stamping the same area with different colors.
When the paint is dry, older children can use the paper to create their own Dancing Feet Animals.
To create the duck, use something round (we used a roll of masking tape) to trace three circles over paper painted with yellow.
Cut out the circles.
Use one of these circles as the body of the duck.
Take another circle and fold it in half. Cut it in half so you have two half circles to use as the wings of the duck.
Use the third circle as the head.
Encourage your child to look at the pages in the book with the ducks. What else does your duck need? Point out the eyes, legs, and a beak on the duck. (If you have orange paper an orange triangle would work great for a beak!)
Not sure what to do with the rest of the stamped paper? It makes beautiful wrapping paper that no one will believe your toddler/preschooler created!
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