At the Art Table: Christmas Cards
Checking the mailbox is a staple of our day. After nap, our twins run out to the mailbox to see if they have received mail. They are excited about any mail, but the real thrill is when the mail is addressed to them. Almost as exciting is sending mail. They love dropping letters in the mailbox or at the post office. One of our 25 days of Christmas activities this year is to make and mail cards to our pen pals.
Set Up -
Gather simple supplies.
I drew some simple tree outlines on some of the paper.
Place on a table with markers and Christmas stickers.
This is the type of invitation to create that we often have available during free play in our afternoons. The trees were a simple drawing prompt, such as we have used in the past here and here. With little ones, I have found drawing prompts to be occasionally helpful in extending art in a simple ways that are much less intrusive than a coloring sheet but more than a blank sheet of paper. (Although those are also always available in our art space.) There is no wrong way for them to interact with the prompt. There are days and prompts that have been a complete flop and they grab a blank sheet of paper to start their own idea. This is okay. The goal is to encourage creativity in whatever form it flows from a child. Be present to listen to your child's comments and observe. As they worked we talked about who we were creating the cards and art for, what we thought they might like for Christmas, and worked on forming letters to create names.
Clean Up -
A wet wash cloth will wipe marker marks off of most table tops - little ones are great help with this job if you prepare the wet cloth for them.
Send toddlers to the sink to wash hands after a marker activity. It seems they cannot engage with this materials without covering themselves in ink. This passes with time.
Collect cards and art to seal in addressed envelopes. Mail them off at your earliest convenience.
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