I've found that since they have such short attention spans at this age I need to be able to grab some supplies quickly to have a successful time making art projects.
Most of my inspiration for what to include in the art closet came from the two books pictured below: Slow and Steady Get Me Ready by June Oberlander (This book is fabulous for those of you with children under 5 because it has a creative activity you can do with your little one each week from birth through age 5. It gives step-by-step instructions then explains what developmental lesson they will learn by doing this activity.) The other book is Making the Most of the Preschool Years by Valerie Bendt.
Are any of you preschool teachers or friends with preschool teachers? I'll bet you have a ton of creative ideas for what to include in an art closet (share the love!) This is what I pulled together:
- Dried beans and rice
- Sidewalk chalk
- Paper plates
- Construction Paper
- Play Dough
- Finger Paints, Watercolors and painting supplies (Q-Tips, old toothbrush, smock)
- Stickers (I've been collecting the free address labels that come in the mail!)
- Googly Eyes (What project is complete without googly eyes!?)
- Popsicle Sticks
- Clothes Pins
- Pipe Cleaners
"Aww, thanks Mom!"