The art table is always open (and quite popular) at Albany Preschool. Every day an art project is announced at circle, and as soon as circle ends, our preschoolers rush to grab an empty seat. We make art with paint, tape, balls, fabric, cars, recyclables, yarn, sticks, rocks, our own hands, and so much more. You name it, we can make something with it.
We know that kids love art, but why do we love art so much? Art stimulates both sides of the brain, boosts self-esteem, strengthens hand-eye coordination, teaches open ended thinking, and helps children exercise their creative problem solving skills.
Next time your child brings home their masterpiece, further the learning experience by talking to them about it. Say things like – How did you make that? Tell me about your picture. I see you mixed paints to make new secondary colors. I see different shapes, line patterns, brush strokes. And if you can, try avoiding value judgements such as – That’s beautiful, I like it, etc.
You can have fun at home with art too. It can be as simple as dipping an old toothbrush in paint, stamping with rocks, cutting and gluing toilet paper tubes. Get creative – there is no wrong way to do it.