Art provides many opportunities for young children to learn new skills. In addition to being a creative process, children are also improving their physical, cognitive, and self-expression skills as they create! Below you will find some suggestions on how to create a space for art in your home daycare program.
Provide children with a variety of art materials that are accessible to them on a Daily basis. In addition to creating original works of art, children are learning how to use new art materials and learning new processes for creating art. Provide a variety of opportunities for painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture.
Create a space for free art
When you are setting up a learning space in your home, you'll want to first determine how much space you are dedicating the area. Are you creating an intimate space for just 1-2 children to gather? Or a place for the whole group?
The art space at Mud Pies & Butterflies
If you are creating a dedicated art space, I recommend a shelf or storage unit to hold your materials. Use easy to access containers such as open containers, easy to open drawers, and baskets to store your items. When dealing with a mixed age group, provide materials that can be used independently, and store more advanced materials on a higher shelf if needed. Consider placing it near a hand washing area for ease of cleanup.
If you don't have a lot of space to dedicate to a separate art space, consider a portable option. A cart can be stocked with a variety of materials and rolled out of the room. A caddy of art materials can be placed on an existing table.
If you don't have a dedicated childcare space in your home, consider dedicating a cupboard, or a hutch to your hold your art supplies.
In addition to creating Art on Horizontal surfaces, provide opportunities for making artwork on vertical surfaces such as easels, and walls. Easels can be hung on walls, or you can invest in table top easels if you are short on space.
Provide a variety of materials for drawing, painting, and collage. Provide new opportunities for children to experiment with art supplies. Incorporate materials that allow younger children to create art independently such as buying larger handled paintbrushes, and crayons that are are easier for small hands to hold. You can find a great list of suggested art materials from Kaplan here.
Suggested materials by age
Large Paint Brushes
Large Sheets of Paper
non-toxic finger paint
Non-Toxic Tempera Paint
Plastic Drop Cloth
24 mo. +
Scraps of paper
Old Shirts or Paint Smocks
Plastic for floors and tables
Shower Curtain Liners
Tools for painting:
Variety of clay
create an art space outside
If your indoor space is limited, consider creating an outdoor art space! You can add an outdoor chalkboard, or attach some simple clips (to hold paper) to a fence.
See some more photos of outdoor art spaces here!
The outdoor art studio at Building Blocks Family Childcare
Create a space to display & Celebrate art
Create a space to celebrate the children's art. You can use a bulletin board, hang the art using clothespins, create individual frames, use clipboards, or even use the side of your refrigerator to display their great creations!
How about an art show? Invite families and even your community to an annual art show! celebrate their works of art, and use the opportunity to educate adults about the educational process of creating art. Putting on a community art show is also a great opportunity to advertise your program.
Art exhibit by Pumpkin Patch Preschool-See more photos of this exhibit here.
Talk to children about their art
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