This tiny work of art was truly an example of emergent learning (which is my favorite early childhood learning philosophy, by the way!) My 2 year-old friend is enamored with the paper crafts I showed her I love to do. She expressed immediate interest in making her own art using my supplies. I surely cannot say no to a child that is hungry for an art project! So, I picked out a handful of treasures for her to play with. While she worked on her art, we talked about how fall is here, and how the leaves will be turning colors soon.
She wanted to attach the leather ribbon to her foam leaf, but I talked to her about how it was heavy, and wouldn’t stick well with her glue, so I punched holes around the leaf (she was brave and attempted to punch her holes all by herself, but her adorable little fingers are still developing!) And, then I taught her basic weaving – how to thread the leather through the holes, and down and up through another hole. She thought the washi tape with the mustache images was funny, so she of course had to add a piece of that, along with other bits of tape and a flower. She later painted a paper with glitter glue and bedazzled it with faux gems, and we attached her leaf to the page.
**Helpful Tip: When creating mixed media projects with kids, give them a small bowl to hold their items. This keeps them focused and organized while working with various pieces of material and embellishments.
• Developmental skills practiced: hand-eye coordination, fine-motor exercise
• Creative skills explored: Cutting practice, basic weaving, adhering objects together, using materials with different textures.
• Things we discussed: The season changing to fall, basic weaving concepts, how to assemble individual items to create a single piece of art,