As the mama of a preschooler, and the teacher of a series of art camps for preschoolers, I'm writing this post today to share some of my favorite Top 12
Arts and Crafts Materials for Preschoolers (ages 3-5)
If you missed my first post about my
I still use all of those materials with my toddlers but I add some new ones to the mix.
By cutting and tearing pictures out then gluing them down to pieces of construction paper, etc.
I like the ones that go on purple then dry clear.
I also love Liquid Watercolors from Discount School Supply.
If Mommy Wants to get Fancy: I use Yarka St. Petersburg Watercolors
7. Pipe Cleaners (aka chenille stems)
Great for painting everything from paper, to cardboard and Seashells!
and Do-A-Dot Markers!
Or....make your own with Discount School Supply's Bingo Bottle Refillable Markers
I know, right?!
Discount School Supply (I know, I love them!) also has great Washable Tempera Paints.
I love these No-Spill Paint Cups from Discount School Supply.
and is getting a bit more "sophisticated" with their work
is to help them work on techniques to improve the outcome of their projects.
You can help them improve some basic life-long art and creating skills like:
* Proper Cutting and Scissor Holding Technique
(hold scissors with thumb on top,
carry scissors in one hand with blades in your fist,
walk don't run with scissors,
hold the paper you are cutting in one hand and turn the paper with that hand as you cut)
* Gluing without using TOO Much Glue.
Dot, Dot, Not a Lot !
is what I always told my students instead of Puddle Puddle Plop...
that will end up with messy, drippy projects.
* Color Mixing
Primary colors Red, Blue, Yellow
and Secondary Colors Orange, Green, Purple
Add White to make it lighter (tint).
Add Black to make it darker (shade).
* Rinse out your Paint Brush When you Change Colors
If you're using Watercolor or Washable Paint,
show your child how to rinse their paint brush in water
and wipe off the excess water
on the edge of the water dish (or on a towel or rung out damp sponge)
before dipping into a new color. (their art teachers will thank you!)
You can also help them be more successful by putting
a brush in each container of paint
(one brush per color) if they're working at an easel
to prevent a muddy mess. They'll still mix some but it's MUCH better
than dipping a big drippy brush into the container
and turning all of the white pink, or the yellow green, etc.
You can also try more "sophisticated" materials that might not be used (traditionally)
with a child this age like Oil Pastels (with supervision!)
or basic stitching/embroidery for a child who is really drawn to art.
School Age Children.
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea