07/23/14 By Beth Bauer
"I believe that we are born creative; to nurture this quality from an early age is so very important! It is the creative minds among us that help us conquer the biggest challenges in our lives." ~Susan Schwake
It's time for the little ones in our lives to take center stage and nurture their creativity with Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers by Susan Schwake.
One fun way to shape their interests and let their creativity shine: a lesson in tinfoil sculpture. "Lesson 31: Tinfoil Fun" explores some modeling techniques so children can craft their own tin man. The author's most important tip? Remember not to squeeze the tinfoil too tightly at the beginning. This way, it will be easier to adjust when it's not super compressed.
Since this project could be a bit challenging for the littlest children, give them an opportunity to experiment by molding the foil into their own ideas. My daughters had so much fun exploring with some foil shape-shifting. I think they were also a little surprised to use something from the kitchen to make art. My oldest said, "I guess foil isn't just for covering up our leftover dinner!" I snapped a few pictures of their work: a balloon, a heart, and a snake.
Not only will this particular project help shape their love of art, but it will most likely go down in history as the cleanest. project. ever. No mess, no stress, just simple tinfoil fun.
What would you sculpt from tinfoil?
Beth is a freelance writer residing in Fishers, Indiana with a background in print journalism. Her full time job as a stay at home mom allows her to explore the beauty of art and life through her two young daughters' eyes—one finger painting at a time.
Encourage your children to color OUTSIDE the lines.
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