The theme of Open-Ended Art this week is Feathers. Anna’s letter of the week in her preschool is F, and I told her that I have something fun for her to do that starts with F. She was excited to see feathers, but then backpedaled when I asked her to brainstorm what can be done with them. She promptly said that she doesn’t want to do anything with them and wants to play with her toys instead. This happens more often than you think here :) So I backed off, and we played. But before dinner I pulled out the feathers and placed them “strategically” where she could see them. Anna still didn’t know what we can do with them except throwing them in the air and watching them fly – she never used feathers before. I eventually suggested painting with them, and Anna was suddenly very enthusiastic. She made a pretty picture with different colors. However, she didn’t stop there. She asked for the brush and tried to reproduce a picture from the book we just read on another side of this plate. Then she proceeded to color mix. I think she likes color mixing way more than actual painting. She was very proud when she produced perfect black and painted most of her pretty paper plate black. Then she remembered my other suggestion about gluing feathers and made F for feathers. It was not very open-ended, but definitely self-directed, and I was impressed with how well she can handle the glue if she applies herself.