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With the cold winter weather now well and truly here, arts and crafts are perfect to help fill in days where you might not be able to get outside to play much. The favourite in our house at the moment by far is cutting with scissors. My two will literally spend hours happily cutting up old magazines and junk mail and putting all their clippings into a container. And its just brilliant for keeping them occupied while I am putting on dinner!I also love this activity because using scissors and practicing cutting like this is, for pre-schoolers, one of the best things your child can do to build up hand and finger strength and dexterity, which in turn benefits their pencil holding skills and hence how well they learn to write. Which for this age group is really one of the priorities of learning. If a child is not doing things to build up hand strength he will have trouble with writing skills.
There is a huge range of age appropriate scissors available these days. A while ago I bought the boys a pair of scissors each (different colours of course!) suited to their ages - as you can imagine they just love having their own scissors each! I keep them well out of reach when not in use, and make sure this is a well supervised activity when I know I won't be disturbed or called away. Its also a good idea to reiterate rules for scissor use each time - no pointing them at each other, do not get down from the table with them, hold them correctly, etc.
So, yesterday I thought I would let the boys loose with their scissors and a big pile of junk mail and those free magazines, followed by collage with the clippings, little bits of cut up fabric scraps of different colours and textures, & other crafty bits and pieces. You could also adapt this activity into something fun like making dress up crowns or similar like my previous post Making Easter Hats on a Budget.
We had an absolute ball filling in the morning with this activity, and the boys had some fantastic collages to show their dad when he arrived home from work!!
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- CatWay at Adventures With Kids is getting the most out of a trip to the art gallery with ideas of how to prepare children and interest them while they are there.
- Mamapoekie from Authentic Parenting argues for the importance of art and why we should be encouraging it as our children get older.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources talks about how to create an environment that encourages young children to explore art.
- Sharon at Hear Mum Roar has done a fantastic video post by getting her children to do an activity two different ways and letting you see the very different results.
- Amanda at HomeAge has been admiring art with her daughter since she was a baby, taking her to several art exhibitions and reading books.
- Kate from Picklebums talks about why art is important for little people and has a huge list of activities you can try.
- The Planning Queen from Planning With Kids has tips for visiting the art gallery with kids, including links to different galleries and some ideas for activities afterwards.
- Colin Wee at Super Parents is thinking about his son’s musicality as he learns to play the violin.
- Deb from Science@home has her children investigating materials while making sculptures and bravely let the 2 year old use a hot glue gun.
- Leechbabe from Stuff with Thing started out looking at patterns in nature, but the activity changed because she followed her children’s lead.
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey has used an indoor activity, giving her children magazines to cut out and create collages.
- Lisa at SMMART Ideas has a sidewalk chalk festival in her own driveway!