Art activities for children

Art activities for children

Art activities for children

Date posted: December 6, 2013

Looking for art activities to use with children? The following books can help.

First art: for toddlers and twos: open-ended art experiences.
MaryAnn F. Kohl, Renee Ramsey, and Dana Bowman.
Lewisville, NC: Gryphon House, 2012.
This book is filled with more than 75 creative art experiences designed for toddlers and two year olds. Includes a materials list, preparation for adults, process for children and tips as well as a story of the activity in action. The focus is on the process, creativity and exploration.

Literacy & justice through photography: a classroom guide.
Wendy Ewald, Katie Hyde and Lisa Lord.
New York: Teachers College Press, 2012.
This guide shows how to integrate four field-tested Literacy Through Photography projects into the curriculum for school classrooms. Each project offers an introduction followed by a step-by-step look at putting the program into practice, including specific self-contained photography and/or writing activities and lesson plans. The projects are all designed to promote critical thinking, self-expression and respect in the classroom. They also demonstrate a model of integrating arts into a literacy curriculum. While the curriculum is designed for children, there are ideas that can be applied in working with adults.

The language of art: inquiry-based studio practices in early childhood settings.
Ann Pelo.
St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press, 2007.
This book is a guide to incorporating Reggio-inspired principles and practices into the early childhood classroom. Emphasizing investigation anchored in the arts, it provides advice on setting up a studio space, 15 studio explorations to help children begin to develop fluency in art, suggestions for documenting children’s develpment with art media, and guidelines for using a child’s ability as a tool for investigation.

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