I'd like to interrupt my regular posts regarding my own art and share some recent projects with my 4-year-old. Before being a stay-at-home-mom-artist, I taught elementary art for a couple of years. I like to tap into that part of myself and get artsy-craftsy with my preschooler.
I've found he's not as much into "process art" (creating just for the joy of creating without a certain plan in mind) but loves projects that involve creating a certain something that he's into. What he happens to be into now is sharks. So yesterday we dove head first into shark creation.
My plan was just to create a simple cute shark that I found on Pinterest -- one shark. I made the mistake of showing him my Pinterest board of all the shark ideas I had collected, so of course he wanted to make all of them....
Yesterday we settled on three, all involving paper plates, paint, cutting, and gluing. And he woke up again today wanting to make even more.
Thankfully the paint takes a few hours to dry, giving us a break in between steps.
He's loving learning about all types of sharks, so each creation is a different kind.
For instance, a great white . . .
A mako . . .
And a leopard shark is currently drying . . .
Needless to say our whole household is learning lots about sharks.
And there's snow and ice in the forecast, so I foresee lots more shark-creations in our near future.
Which reminds me! You can get in on the action too by coloring this bad boy, available as a printable in my Etsy shop.
Stay warm! I imagine a lot of you reading this are in for the same cold front we are!
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