August 5, 2013

Use a Handprint to Make a Fish/Art at the Daycare

Use a Handprint to Make a Fish
Art at the Daycare

Handprints are easy, fun, and a great art activity for children 12-24 months of age.  Last week was 'Pond Critter' week at the Child Development Center where I teach art.  In keeping with the theme, both the Explorers (12-18 months) and the Toddlers (18-24 months) turned their handprints into little fishies swimming in a pond.

Procedure For Making the Handprint:

Introducing the Lesson

After the children sat down at the art table, I showed them the orange paint we were going to use.  We practiced saying the color's name.

Teaching the Lesson

  • Each child made an orange handprint.  One of the teachers washed the children's hands as I set the handprints aside to dry.

  • Then it was time to tear green paper into little pieces which would later be used as pond grass.Tearing paper is great for developing muscle coordination.

Procedure for Using the Handprint to Make a Fish:

Introducing the Lesson

The children needed a reference for the handprint fish they were going to make.  I showed them a picture of a real fish, and we identified the eyes. 

Teaching the Lesson

  • As the children painted with blue paint, we practiced saying the color name. They spread the paint with a foam brush.  I helped those who had difficulty, but once I got them started they were able to do the job.

  • When the paint was spread, each child:

          * placed torn pieces of green paper on top of  the paint to represent pond grass.

              * placed their handprint/fish on their paper

              * glued on two eyes.

  • And then they were done.

Evaluating the Lesson

The children are getting to know me and were excited to come to the art table.  Some stood around watching until it was their turn.  Others watched even after their turn was over.  

I enjoyed finding an art activity that was fun, educational, and developmentally appropriate for the children's age.

Concepts explored:
  • color recognition
  • small muscle coordination: tearing paper, spreading paint
  • vocabulary development: fish, eyes, etc.

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

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