Preschool Fairy Unit: Fairy Unit Creative Invitations (with FREE printables)
Being a huge believer in the power and importance of art in early childhood education, all of our projects involve art in one form or another. During our Fairy Unit, we did a lot of different playdough sculpting, watercolor painting, and drawing invitations. The activities shared below were all done more than once and often during our afternoon table time. Along with having fairy materials available to encourage exploration through play, it is also important to offer a variety of medium through which children can explore and communicate their ideas.
PLAYDO TINKERING INSPIRATION
Tinkering Materials (these could be a variety of loose parts or TinkerToys)
Little People (pretend fairies)
I set up the art table with a mat and jar of playdoh for each child. Then I put baskets of fairies and tinkertoys in the middle of the table to share. This invitation greeted them after quiet time a couple times a week while they were interested in Fairies and tinkering. Some days they built elaborate structures or vehicles, a couple of days they rushed past it filled with their own play ideas. When they chose to sit there I tried to sit with them. I am horrible at sitting still and have found that sitting with a hot cup of tea helps me be still longer. I watch what they are doing, listen to their ideas, and pay attention to how they are using the materials. Over the course of the project I added more loose parts to the basket (primarily hardware store finds like nuts and bolts).
The tinkering toys and people were washed each night so I had them put these in a bowl at the end of play time.
The playdoh went back in the jars. We often use homemade playdoh and I make sure to put this in sandwich sized Ziploc baggies whenever they aren't playing with it to help it last longer.
The mats are wiped with a clorox wipe or washed in the sink.
FAIRY WINGS WATERCOLOR INVITATION
Cup of Water
Crayons or Oil Pastels
Watercolors are a favorite art activity around here. The colors are vibrant, our twins love how they move around the paper, and there is something about the process that appeals to them. This was a super simple invitation to set up. I created a space for each child to watercolor (pictured above) and drew a simple wing outline on a piece of paper. Then I waited to see what they did. One wanted to paint right away and painted "rainbow color wings" and the other spent a long time coloring the wings with crayons first and then did a little painting over their markings. I recommend learning to watercolor paint, then adding other materials like oil pastels, and then doing something like this.
The paintings were laid on a table to dry.
Our three year olds know how to rinse their brushes, empty their cups, and return their materials to the shelf.
Watercolors are a super popular choice, so they have their own shelf in our art space right now.
I washed the table and mats with a wash cloth.
BONUS: FAIRY DRAWING PROMPTS
Our twins requested "more drawing sheets" about fairies. We rarely use coloring books, but they do occassionally get a drawing prompt where I draw something simple and they add to it. The fairy wings in the watercolor invitation must have reminded them. I made two simple drawing prompts. One is a Fairy and I asked them to draw where it was flying. The other was a toadstool which we had talked about in the fairy garden books.
1: Flying Fairy Drawing Prompt
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2: Toadstool Drawing Prompt
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See Each Activity Below
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