June 28, 2013

Patriotic Berry Basket Prints

Patriotic Berry Basket Prints
Art at the Daycare

It was berry week at Calvin's Daycare, and I was teaching art to the Two Year Old Class.  I thought berry basket prints would be a fun.  All I needed were white construction paper, red paper dots, blue paint, and several berry baskets.


Doing Prep Work at Home

I went to the local farmers' market and got 5 berry baskets and a pint of strawberries.

I made lots of red dots with a hole punch.

I poured blue paint into two 8 inch square containers, one for each side of the table.

I wrote each child's name on a 9" x 12" piece of white construction paper.

I sliced some strawberries.

Introducing the Lesson


  • Before the children printed with the baskets, I wanted them to see what they were used for.  

            * I showed them a basket filled with strawberries.
            * I gave each child a sliced strawberry to eat.
            * I explained how the red paper dots would be our pretend berries.
            * We talked about how pretend berries are different from real berries.
            * I demonstrated how to make berry basket prints.

Teaching the Lesson

  • I called the children back in groups of five.  Everyone wanted a turn, so I knew they were having fun.

  • We talked about the color of the paint they were using; and, once again, I showed them how to push the bottom of the basket into the paint and make a print on their paper.

  • When their paper was full of prints, I gave each child a small plastic cup with red paper dots. I showed them how to use their pincher muscles to sprinkle the dots on the paper. 

Evaluating the Lesson

This was my third time to teach art to the Two Year Old Class.  The children are getting to know me and were eager to have a turn.  I could tell by the way they hung around the table until I called their name. 

The next time I teach the Two Year Olds the theme will be ocean creatures.  Stay tuned for more Art at the Daycare.

Do you have a comment or suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you. 

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