Little Kids & the Arts: The Season of Hearts!

LITTLE KIDS & THE SEASON OF HEARTS!


EVEN LITTLE CHILDREN FEEL THE WONDERFUL PRE-SPRING EXHILARATION OF THE "SEASON OF HEARTS!"


All photos by Carolyn at Magical Movement Company


This four-year-old had the idea alright! We're all starting to see signs of Springtime and of course it would be lovely to find a "heart plant" somewhere in the garden! 
I really think it is important to give Preschoolers lots of art materials for creating their own hand-made Valentines and other beauties that go along with this "Season of Hearts." 


From simple gluing "doo-dads"on red heart-shaped doilies (the glitter glue makes it very exciting!)...



...to the universally adored tracing half a heart shape on folded paper and then the delightful surprise of unfolding!....




Not to mention...ALL THE WONDERFUL WRITING that goes along with making these heart creations...if it turns out to be a valentine, then you're probably going to write something inside!





This young fellow had lots to say inside his valentine to his dad. And, who can ever question the benefit of early writing experiences that inevitably happen in the Art Department of the Preschool Classroom?! (or at the kitchen table at home!)


A typical Montessori classroom will have little trays set up with supplies necessary for creating valentines of all kinds and so, including envelopes for the children only adds to the "real life" experience for the child...and encourages yet more writing!



The helpful teacher who is really a "facilitator" will always be willing to assist in the writing process for the child, but "writing" 
I ♡ U is very appealing to a child and by the end of the Season of Hearts...many children can easily write this message all by themselves!


I love this picture below of children collaborating on this heart art project. One has hole-punched (with a flower shaped hole punch) a border along her cut out of a heart, while the other child gathers the little flower shapes that came out of the hole puncher. She's putting them in a tiny envelope to save for a later project!




Yet another heart idea...



This four-year-old has punched out a border with a heart shaped hole puncher and, it looks like she is going to gather up the punch-outs for yet another project...ooh! yellow hearts...won't that look great on a piece of red or, even better, a piece of purple paper!

I saved this one for the last...



These New Age children with their ideas of not letting anything go to waste! This little one has decided that the paper left from cutting out her pink heart is even prettier than the inside so...



...it became her heart necklace! You've just got to love it....

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