|Sometimes I guess I am lucky to have walls in my house that are still "under construction".|
on big paper
on a big wall.
We found a fun idea to paint with baby lotion on hubbardscupboard. We've done this on construction paper previously but today, I wanted our focus to be on BIG art. Unfortunately, all I had in the big paper department was WHITE paper.
The clean up was simple. It just wiped off with a towel. My baby boys are soft and smell so fresh!
|Oh yeah, Tyson did end up looking like a Na'vi (from Avatar)|
The finished product wasn't an amazing piece of art, but this activity was more about process than product.
I've been inspired while reading the book, The Write Start, by Jennifer Hallissy. Through previous learning in education classes and experience, I had learned to expose children to a wide variety of surfaces for writing, painting, drawing,etc. I have used easels and large paper on the wall and on the floor- but I never thought much about the "why?" behind such practices. Hallissy, who is a professional occupational therapist, explains that children are actually building the shoulder muscles that they need for writing strength later. I've loved all the tips in her books for building these muscles fromwriting on an easel to washing windows.
To my boys, this is just plain fun. To me, I'm helping them become better writers for the future! It's a win-win.
I'm linking this up: