In the art box last week: leftover gel paints, watercolors, feathers, glue, scraps of tissue paper, foam, and construction paper, stamps and ink pads, colored pasta, scrapbook pinking scissors, craft sticks, stickers, and glitter glue. :)
This time I left the art box out for M for most of the week. He was excited to see it again and could hardly believe his good luck when I explained that he could come make something anytime he wanted to. Seriously, he was very happy about this… I should’ve started this a long time ago!
He did spend a good chunk of time with it when I first put it out, but still came back to it several times during the week. I replenished his paper supply as needed.
So, here’s what he did:
When he first saw the colored pasta he said, “And are there things buried in it, Mommy?!!” Apparently the I spy sensory tub needs to come out again soon. :) After I explained that he could glue the pasta onto paper and make a collage, or think of something else to make with it, he just said, “Can I have some little cars please?” So I got a couple of cars for him, and this is what he spent the next 10 minutes doing: Not really what I had in mind, but ok.
Soon he moved onto the watercolors:I tried to show him how to get more paint on his brush and not use so much water, but he liked his painting the way it was.
Then he found the glitter glue (again!), and this time he took the tips off and globbed it onto the paper. :)
He painted some more with the leftover gel paints from the previous week: These are so pretty, and perfect for putting in his art box. I’ll have to buy some more, or figure out how to put some of our regular tempera paints in his box without it being an out and out disaster. Hmmm.
More glitter glue exploring, this time with the tips back on:
There’s not a lot of great art here, mainly because he spent almost all his time, every time, doing this: He was absolutely fascinated with the scrapbook “zig-zag” scissors. Here’s how much he loved them: And that’s only part of the pile! I should probably mention here that I tested these scissors on my own fingers before putting them in his art box. They are pretty dull and he’s very experienced with scissors. I was around to supervise too, never far away. We always go over safety rules when scissors are going to be used, and I have never had a problem with him.
I really think he would’ve been happy just cutting paper for hours. However, we needed to clear the table off and so he quickly made this:
This was all I captured with photos. There was a very cute sticker collage he made and hung in the window “for the birdies to look at” but it got taken down before I could get a picture, as well as a few other things.
I have some great ideas for his next art box and I’m excited to see what he does!
Hey, does anyone want to do a little McLinky dance with me on this? :) It’s turning out to be such a hit with M, and several of you mentioned trying something similar with your little ones… so think about it and if anyone is interested, let me know!
I’m planning on writing these posts every Monday and they will cover what M did during the previous week. I’m thinking if others join in we could get a lot of art supplies ideas to provide for our kids, and just have fun admiring all their masterpieces! Of course they wouldn’t have to be boxes… if you mix things up for your child and change out their art supplies once in a while, regardless of where they are kept, I’d love to hear about it!
Have a beautiful day! :)
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