Play With Me: Art [Part 2]

By: Shannon Mallery, Program Assistant Sr. - Mature Adults

We're continuing our Play With Me: Art series! Making art and being creative is fun for all ages, and especially fun when done together. July is Parks and Recreation month in celebration we will focus our art making on things found in nature.

These activities are designed for children between 2 and 5 years old. Before getting started, parental assistance will be needed to help collect and setup supplies. Consider sending the supply list ahead of time so the parent can prepare in advance.

As you work on the print out sheets together, talk about what you are doing:
  • Remember color choices can be natural and imaginary.
  • Encourage and compliment their cutting and gluing skills.
  • Ask them if they have found any of the things they are coloring outside in a park or in their yard.
  • Ask what color leaves they have in their neighborhood right now,  they may have green, red, yellow and brown. Ask them why they think that is.
  • Point out the acorn the squirrel is holding, tell them the squirrel will eat it, ask them if they have seen squirrels eating anything besides acorns.

Up for a Challenge?
If you participated in the challenge last week, how many twigs did you guess were in the jar? There were a total of 77 twigs! Take a look at the picture to the right and see if you can guess how many leaves are in the jar. You can discuss this together and can agree on one number or you can both guess separately. The answer will be posted next week along with a secret message. 

Here are some questions you can discuss together about the challenge: 
  • Did you guess how many correctly?
  • What made you guess the number you did?
  • For the number that the child guessed, talk with them about what items of that number would fit into the jar. For instance if they guessed one million; ask them if they think one million ants would fit in the jar or maybe one million grains of sand. If they guessed five ask them if they think five strawberries or tennis balls would fit in the jar. Ask them which would make more sense and why?  
Secret Message!
Can you find the secret message in the picture to the right? This is the first part of a three part secret message. We will give the other two parts of the message in the next two Play With Me blog posts. 

Thanks for participating and we hope you are able to have meaningful virtual interactions with the loved ones in your life as you enjoy Parks and Recreation month.

Stay tuned for another blog post next week that continues the Play With Me: Art series! Have fun and remember to Play More with DPR!