Mother Goose Time inspires creativity through their invitations to create and make and play activities.
New this year, the program introduced “My Creative Mind,” which is a quick hand out available to parents of children in preschools using Mother Goose Time curriculum.
The handout gives a brief overview of the activity entitled “Today I made……..”
Then a short list of questions called “Ask Me” is provided that can can facilitate conversation with preschoolers about their unique artwork.
As a home school Mom, I’ve found them incredibly helpful for spurring conversation with my kids about their completed projects as well as encouraging the kids to share their projects with family and friends.
Dad and Grandma have gotten a whole new earful about the kid’s newest creations and love it!
My Creative Mind
The following are examples of My Creative Mind as used with the invitations to create and make and play activities included for week 2 (Five Senses) from the My Amazing Body Unit.
Sight – Mondrian Art
The kids were shown an inspiration photo of artwork by Piet Mondrian.
Using scissors, glue, and brightly colored paper strips, the kids created a work of art on a background sheet of paper.
The youngest was very interested in using scissors, but doesn’t quite have the grip strength yet, so his pieces were more torn than cut.
My three year old was all about gluing everything to everything else.
My five year old truly enjoyed creating her very own work of art.
Today I made art inspired by Piet Mondrian.
I looked at a work of art from Piet Mondrian.
His art is full of shapes and specific colors.
My art was inspired by him today.
What shapes and colors did you choose for your art?
What does the art remind you of?
Hearing – Bowl Band
Using bowls and rubber bands we created our very own string instruments.
Markers and crayons were used to decorate the bowls.
The rubber bands slipped off easily giving us lots of practice putting the bands back on and recognizing that we can get a different sound based on where the bands are placed on the bowl.
Today I made a bowl band instrument.
I explored different sounds today, such as loud and soft.
I made an instrument by wrapping rubber bands around a bowl.
I can play my instrument with friends and pretend I am in a band.
What does your instrument sound like?
Did you play your instrument with friends today?
Taste – Noodle Bracelet
Using noodles and a pipe cleaner we created our very own bracelets.
My 22 month old surprised himself and me by being able to thread the noodles onto the pipe cleaner.
He really wanted to keep adding more noodles, even when he ran out of room on the pipe cleaner.
Today I made a noodle bracelet.
I discovered that I can use food to create art.
I created a bracelet by stringing dry pasta noodles onto a pipe cleaner.
It is fun when I can wear my art!
Did you make a pattern in your bracelet design?
Did you cook the noodles?
Touch – Sand Designs
Using glue and colored sand we created designs on paper.
The kids loved this activity so much we were at it for close to half an hour.
They used their hands and spoons to sprinkle the sand.
They loved discovering that when they mixed the blue and red sand together, the result was purple.
This was probably their favorite activity this week.
Today I made textured art.
I discovered different textures today, such as smooth, rough, and soft.
I chose colored sand to create a rough texture for my art.
After it dried, I touched it with my finger and talked about what it looked like.
Can you tell me about the designs or pictures you made?
Do you like the feeling of the sand?
Smell – Smelly Flower Puppet
We used a souffle cup to make flowers by cutting the edges into petals.
We colored the flower with markers and then attached it to a green craft stick.
Then we painted the flower with strawberry gelatin mixed with a small amount of water.
The kids combined all their senses to create this work of art including tasting some of the gelatin.
They were fascinated that cutting the cup resulted in a flower and enjoyed the finished result.
They showed this artwork the most to friends and family and had them sniff their smelly flower!
They also planted the flowers in the yard.
Today I made smelly art.
I painted a paper flower and it smells sweet.
When we smell things, it sometimes reminds us of other things.
I smelled different scent today and I discovered which ones I like and dislike.
How did you make your flower?
What is your favorite smell?
As always Mother Goose Time has continued to impress and made for great memories to share as a family.