Teacher-directed vs. child-directed art has long been a hot topic in early childhood. Teachers and providers usually understand the importance of keeping art projects age-appropriate and child-focused, but many parents pressure them to offer crafts that are cute, theme-related, and showcase-worthy. Some teachers avoid all mass-produced crafts while others struggle with freestyle art because some children do not stay engaged long without specific instruction.
Depending on where you live, the leaves may be changing colors or may be about to change soon. Even if you live in an area that does not experience fall color, leaves offer many opportunities for fun and learning! Some plants naturally produce leaves that are red, yellow, or orange all the time. Leaves also come in different shapes and sizes. Take your children outside to explore!
Manipulating fasteners can be tricky work for little hands! A great way to help children strengthen their fine motor muscles is to provide activities that involve folding, sculpting, and manipulating clay and dough.
by Judy Mullican
A sure sign that fall has arrived is the appearance of pumpkins! Piles of colorful pumpkins are now displayed at produce stands, supermarkets, and other vendors. Many homes have festive displays of pumpkins, scarecrows, autumn leaves, and more. Pumpkins not only make great fall decorations, they can serve as a springboard to many fun learning activities. Here are a few to try!