This is the second installment of PreK Partner's Learning Centers Blog Hop Series. This week's topic is the Art Center in a pre-k classroom. Having an art center in the pre-k classroom, at first glance, may seem more like play rather than a real learning experience. But, actually when children participate in art play they are developing social/emotional, language, cognitive, and fine motor skills.
I have a big shelf where all creative materials are in view and at an arms length from my little Picassos. While I might limit the number of students in the art center, I will let them decide which medium they would like to create with. The door and whiteboard will be used to display the art projects.
These photos show the different types of regular and craft scissors available, twine, yarn, ric rac, and washi tape I picked up recently at Target's Dollar Spot. I also have a variety of hole punches I have acquired from Michael's and Hobby Lobby when they are 50% off.
The trays I use and love the most are the small black trays that have been saved from individual frozen meals. If you ask your fellow teachers to save their trays from lunch, you can collect several in no time flat. They are the perfect size for little artists to keep stickers, pompoms, tissue paper, sequins, and whatever else available for collage work.
Now see what the art center is like in our next classroom of this blog hop!
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