Play With Me: Art [Part 4]
This is the final week of the Play With Me: Parks and Recreation month art series. This week has the final part of our secret message and coloring sheets that feature nighttime creatures. Young children are curious and often intrigued by what is happening in nature when they are asleep. It is exciting for them to think about a whole secret world happening in the dark that they seldom or never see. It is also a good topic of conversation to share with them because they will be happy to talk and ask questions.
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.
- Print the Nighttime in the Trees background sheet and the Nighttime in the Trees cutout sheet
- Markers, crayons and colored pencils
- Scissors (age appropriate)
- Remember color choices can be natural and imaginary.
- Encourage and compliment your child's cutting and gluing skills.
- Ask them if they know what nocturnal means, if they don't already know tell them.
- Ask if they can name any nocturnal creatures. Ask if they have seen any and when, was it during the day or at night, ask what the creatures were doing.
- You may want to talk a little about why an animal would be nocturnal.
- You may want to talk about how nocturnal animals are able to get around in the dark, how they use their senses.
- Did you guess how many rocks there were correctly?
- What made you guess the number you did?
- What do you think you can build with 60 rocks?
- Which do you think is stronger the rocks or the glass jar?
- How do you think the jar holds in such heavy, hard rocks?