Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So far it’s been a great week for open-ended projects! As Anna’s fine motor skills mature, she gets more and more pleasure of doing things by herself.

July26_OpenEndedArt_SM On Sunday we had a guided activity first - we made an octopus out of a toilet paper roll and construction paper. She chose green tentacles for her octopus, and so we had some scraps of green paper left. After the octopus went outside to dry out, she came back to the kitchen table (it also doubles as our craft area) and started her own project of cutting and gluing pieces of green paper to yellow paper. I think this is as “yellow” as we are going to get this week for the Open-Ended Art Blog Carnival. I really enjoyed watching Anna as she was busily and happily working by herself. I think her favorite craft tool is glue – and don’t you dare offer her a glue stick – she is only going for a “real deal”, and she is surprisingly careful with it… for a toddler :)


Yesterday we had another burst of open-ended creativity. We were outside, and Anna wanted to do a project. The day before she mentioned a clown fish, so I printed out a few coloring pages. She declared that she doesn’t want to color, and she wants to do a “great white shark” instead. So the following conversation unfolded:

Me: OK, what do you need to make your shark?

Anna (after thinking about it for a moment while skipping around): Construction paper and glue

Me: And scissors?

Anna: No scissors. I will make a shark out of leaves.

Obviously, the leaves didn’t hold well on the paper, but she worked hard on the project (she also chose the color), and was pleased with the result. It’s funny – the moment she deems her project completed, she is not interested in it in the least. She rarely plays or returns to any completed projects, but usually reminds us that it needs to be put “in a safe place for memory”. Mostly we photograph the artwork and then throw it away. I want to make a photo book in the end of the year with each page being her project, a short description (will go back to this blog :)), and a couple of photos of her in the process of creating her masterpiece.


The Harris Family said...

We are doing a similar system of storing artwork. I take pictures and keep a few of her favorites in a box. I like your idea of putting them in a book at the end of the year.

Christy said...


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

That's so awesome - she is very creative! I wonder if she got the leaf idea from when you were having her paint with the leaves-?
It's so funny about toddlers and glue - they just love to squeeze those glue bottles. :)

Zonnah said...

That is so cute that she wanted to make a shark out of leaves :)

Chic Mama said...

Nice work and way to let her take the lead and really express her creativity! I love that she wanted to make a great white!

Susana said...

She is so creative! Every time I read your posts I am truly impressed with both of you. Here's something funny--my 4 year old can't stand glue on his hands/fingers and insists on using a paint brush to apply it:-). We're working on this one!

I love her creative use with the leaves!

Myztic@FunWithMama said...

good thinking on her part to want to make a shark out of leaves.. atleast she knows she has a whole world of materials out there for her :)

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

great leaf shark!

Christie Burnett said...

I love your idea for the book of her artwork and photos of the processes. For toddlers, art is often about the process of creating rather than the finished product, that is why she is less fussed about the picture once its finished. You did a wonderful job asking her what she needed to make her shark rather then telling her what you thought would be best.


BranFlakes said...

I love when they make up their own mind of what they want to do!

Little Nut Tree said...

What a sweet serious expression she has on there! And that's really creative, making a shark out of leaves.

Froglet wants me to keep his artwork... and he wants to keep mine! He stores it in his craft box.