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Activities for Preschoolers - Scribble, Draw, Paint & Paste [From: Preschoolers]
HELPING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD
Scribble, Draw, Paint & Paste

Young children are natural artists and art projects can spark young imaginations and help children to express themselves. Scribbling also prepares them to use writing to express their ideas.

What You Need
  • Crayons, water-soluble felt-tipped markers
  • Different kinds of paper (including construction paper and butcher paper)
  • Tape
  • Finger paints
  • Paste
  • Safety scissors
  • Fabric scraps or objects that can be glued to paper (string, cotton balls, sticks, yarn)

What To Do

  • Give your child different kinds of paper and different writing materials to scribble with. Coloring books are not needed. Crayons are good to begin with. Water-soluble felt-tipped marking pens are fun for your child to use because she doesn't have to use much pressure to get a bright color. Tape a large piece of butcher paper onto a tabletop and let your child scribble to her heart's content!

  • Spread out newspapers or a large piece of plastic over a table or on the floor and tape a big piece of construction paper or butcher paper on top. Cover your child with a large smock or apron and let him finger paint.

  • Have your child paste fabric scraps or other objects such as yarn, string or cotton balls to the paper (in any pattern). Let her feel the different textures and tell you about them.
Here are a few tips about introducing your child to art:

  • Don't tell the child what to draw or paint.

  • Don't "fix up" your child's drawings. It will take lots of practice before you can recognize what he has drawn-but let him be creative! Invite your child to talk to you about what he is drawing and to identify by name each object in the picture.

  • Give your child lots of different materials to work with. Show her how to use new types of materials.

  • Find an art activity that's at the right level for your child and let him do as much of the project as possible.

  • Display your child's art prominently in your home. Point it out to visitors when your child is near to hear the praise.

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Helping Your Preschool Child
Washington, D.C., 2005




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