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First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos
     

First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos

by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Katheryn Davis (Illustrator), Renee Ramsey (With)
 

Jump right in—doing art with toddlers and twos is fun, rewarding, and a wonderful learning experience. Children discover their world as they explore the 75 fun-filled art adventures in First Art. They will joyfully squeeze a rainbow, make their own (safe) beads to string, and create their very own art baggie book. First Art starts children on a

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Jump right in—doing art with toddlers and twos is fun, rewarding, and a wonderful learning experience. Children discover their world as they explore the 75 fun-filled art adventures in First Art. They will joyfully squeeze a rainbow, make their own (safe) beads to string, and create their very own art baggie book. First Art starts children on a lifelong journey full of exploration and creativity.

Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl is a regular featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has also written the best-selling favorites Preschool Art, The Big Messy Art Book, Global Art, Cooking Art, Making Make-Believe, MathArts, and the new Preschool Art series which includes Drawing, Painting, Clay and Dough, Craft and Construction, and Collage and Paper. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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From the Publisher

"Doing art with young learners is a fine way to encourage muscle control and development, build mastery of tools, introduce cause and effect, and support independence and experimentation…The finest feature of First Art is that it is designed specifically for toddlers and twos-and respects their awkward, messy, and sometimes temporary interest in art experiences. You will enjoy the experiences too." - Texas Child Care

"While directed to the home or daycare schooling level, this publication is filled with art projects and suggestions that could be extended to kindergarten and lower-grade classrooms. The emphasis is on process and independent thinking rather than on product in this compilation of more than sixty-five art activities. While there are variations, a majority of the ideas presents begin with a list of materials needed, adult/teacher preparatory recommendations, a description of the processes and techniques the children will explore, and tips for further involvements and variations. Most activities, organized into six groupings, are presented on a single page, accompanied by lively line drawings. The chapter groupings center around painting, drawing, sculpting, printing, collage, and a miscellaneous grouping. Chapters have clever headings and feature a number of unique experiences such as printing with bubble wrap, fingertip prints, and toy wheel printing. The chapter on printing begins with an alphabetized double-page spread of printable objects. The book also features a unique and helpful system of simple icons for each activity that indicate activity levels, amount of pre-planning needed, cleanup actions, cautions, and more." - School Arts Magazines

"…to get some great, inexpensive art recipes, read First Art." - Washington Post

Children's Literature
Here is a must for all infant/toddler teachers and teachers of preschoolers, as well. This wonderful book emphasizes the process of art making rather than the finished product. The book begins by defining toddlers and twos—describing the unique attributes, physically and emotionally—that characterize these ages. The activities are grouped into six categories such as primarily painting, hands-on dough or sticky business. Each category contains 10-plus activities. The authors have wisely used icons on each activity to suggest the activity level, the amount of preparation, cautions and group or solitary activity. Each activity, accompanied with black-and-white drawings, indicates materials needed, preparation needed, the suggested procedure and a one-paragraph story relating a real experience with this particular medium. There are plenty of suggestions for the novice teacher to maintain that focus on the process and allow young children, as Piaget would suggest, to learn through interacting with their environment. 2002, Gryphon House,
— Meredith Kiger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876592229
Publisher:
Gryphon House, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House, and is a regular featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has written the best-selling favorites Preschool Art, The Big Messy Art Book, Making Make-Believe, MathArts, and First Art. She is co-author of Global Art and Cooking Art with Jean Potter. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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