First of all, I have to say that arts and crafts are so very important for children to learn appreciation for. I have always really encouraged my daughter’s drawing and art projects more than anything. Finishing an art project (whether it’s a painting, or a scribble, or a play doh sculpture) gives an instant gratification; a concrete accomplishment. I think older kids and teenagers should be encouraged just the same. Adults too, but I will get down from my soap box. 🙂
I found some foam shapes at the Dollar Store. Our Dollar Store has a pretty awesome section of random preschool and kinder garden materials. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with them (should they be for a counting activity, or what?) but I decided I only paid a dollar for them so might as well let her have some fun! My three year old loves gluing. Maybe all kids love glue. Your child will have tons of fun, and below the surface she is refining motor skills, hand eye coordination, and concentration abilities. Anyway, you definitely don’t need foam shapes to have your preschool kid have fun with glue. I used to just cut strips of construction paper and she could glue those down all day long. But, now what shall I do with dozens of sheets of glued down shapes?
rubber stamp fun
My daughter received this mini stamp and colored pencil kit as a gift over the holidays. I am sure you can find pretty inexpensive stamps at craft stores, Amazon, etc. Anyway, it is one of her favorite things to do. She loves it. I often use very inexpensive index cards (found at office supply stores, Target, etc.) in place of large sheets of paper for many of her shelf activities, otherwise she leaves huge portions of the paper unused.
Stencils are great. You can find them at office supply stores, craft stores, discount stores… maybe even drug stores. They come in all varieties (geometric shapes, letters, animals, hearts, etc.). For this activity I place sheets of paper, small pencils, and a pencil sharpener on a tray. The mini pencils and sharpener are sort of a sub activity of this activity (practical life), and make it even more inviting. Tracing and stenciling aid in fine motor skills and developing the muscles in the hand necessary for being able to later write letters and such.
~Many more posts on arts and crafts are sure to come in the future! Thanks for reading~