Guided art with preschoolers can be a lot of fun. Here is a project from my 4 year old that was inspired by Eric Carle's book Mr Seahorse.
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Meeting Real Seahorses
This weekend we have visited Monterey Bay Aquarium. What I like about this fantastic Aquarium is that it cleverly mixes live exhibits and hi-tech displays with a lot of chances for kids to touch and hear, not only to see. Despite her specific request to see seahorses, Smarty was only moderately interested in them (it’s been our almost last stop on a long visit), but she really enjoyed the video game where kids were supposed to camouflage their seahorses to save them from a hungry predator. My husband and I were fascinated to learn more about seahorses, their cousins and their unusual breeding ways and compare real facts to Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
When we came home, we reread the famous Mister Seahorse. It’s a lovely book about fish Daddies taking care of their young even though it appears from our visit to Monterey that it’s not entirely true to the facts, so to speak. Seahorse males really get pregnant and hatch their young. Anyway, this time Smarty was really interested in the details of Eric Carle’s illustrations, so we decided to make our own seahorses in Eric Carle’s style.
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Step 1. Draw an outline of the seahorse on the coffee filter (due to my total lack of artistic talent, I traced the seahorse outline. Color with markers and make it “colorful”
Step 2. Use the dropper and watch the colors spread. Smarty did this step so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to grab my camera.
Step 3. Paint the ocean with watercolors. Enjoy flicking the brush to make bubbles.
Step 4. Give “shots” to your plastic animals while Mama cuts the seahorses.
Step 5. Arrange and enjoy. Don’t forget google eyes!
More Art Projects Based on Books
From my blog:Preschool Arts and Crafts.
Art Projects Based on Eric Carle Books
- Eric Carle Activities from The Educators Spin on It
- The Tiny Seed from Smiling Like Sunshine
- Eric Carle Eggs from Red Ted Art
- Painting on Tissues Eric Carle Style from Little Running Teacher
- Torn Collages for Eric Carle books from Teacher’s Land