Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
Note: Please provide appropriate supervision to the children in your care when completing all activities. You will need to decide what types of activities are safe for the children in your care. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when providing art and sensory experiences for children. Toddlers require special caution, only use non-toxic materials, and do not allow toddlers to put things in their mouths that are a choking hazard.
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Importance of Art for Infants and Toddlers
Art for children is more about the process of creating than the product that develops (Jalongo & Isenberg, 1997). Most infants who make marks on paper are simply exploring what happens when the marker or other writing instrument touches the paper. They are not really interested in creating something specific on the paper.
As infants grow into toddlers, they learn how to better control a marker, crayon, paintbrush, or other art tools. Over time, their scribbles will begin to have more of a shape rather than being haphazard marks on the paper. However, this does not mean that a child should only participate in drawing activities. Children should be given a variety of art experiences.