During my 15+ years of teaching toddlers and preschoolers, I have come to the realization that young children LOVE action art activities! I’ve shared some favorites in my art ideas for busy kids post. Toddlers and preschoolers love to be actively involved. So, when I received my copy of Action Art, written by MaryAnn Kohl and Barbara Zaborowski, I just knew we would be able to put it to good use in our classroom.
Full Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Action Art. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
When I was a new teacher, searching for books in the library for art activities, I found MaryAnn’s books. The very first book I checked out was Preschool Art. I was drawn to process art and knew this was what I wanted for my toddlers and preschoolers.
At parent night I let the parents know of the importance of process art. They learn that I am not a fan of cookie cutter art, that I will expose their children to activities that will allow them to explore and add their own touches. Throughout the year I send home slideshows showing them the steps of our process art. They see their children engaged. They see their children exploring. They see their children learning as they try new ideas.
Action Art is filled with process art for children ages 2 to 12 with lots of movement added. As soon as I received my copy, I sat down and flipped through the pages. I planned on looking at every activity from cover to cover to select our first action art idea.
Truth: I barely got through chapter 1 when I found the activity I wanted to do with my kiddos. It drew me in that quickly. I gathered the materials that we already had on hand. (Oh, how I love activities that are this simple!) I decided to give it a try during our red, white and blue summer camp with a mixed age group of 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
Immediately upon arrival the kids saw a box. They saw that they got to drop something full of paint into the box. Yep! I had a line forming at that point! They all wanted to try it.
You can see in the photos that there is a stuffed glove, paint, and a box. That glove, after being dipped in paint, gets dropped onto the paper in the box. Splat!
We added some glitter and star confetti.
And while I know process art doesn’t need to look “pretty” when it’s finished, can I just say that these were? They were awesome!
Another confession: sometimes I tweak process art to fit a theme or holiday. Yep, that’s what I did with this one. Because it was for our red, white and blue camp, I cut paper into star shapes. But truly, the rest was process art. Action art!
That’s what I love about this. It can be done year-round, no matter what the season or holiday.
Want to know what else is in this book?
Just what kids LOVE!
How can YOU get a copy?
Action Art is available through Amazon. Simply click on the photo for a handy link. (Affiliate)
More fun ideas for young children: