Blanket Story, Marie Watt, 2013, blankets and tags
Lesson Spark

Our Objects, Our Stories

Objects, like blankets, are important in telling the stories of our lives.

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Mandarin Duck Rank Badge, Artist not known, China late 1700s-early 1800s, Qing dynasty
Creative Practice

Zoom In!

This quick activity done regularly with a variety of objects promotes active observation and children's participation in the world around them.

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If, Richard Patterson, 1999, oil paint
Art Exploration

Drip Drop Paint

Children discover what happens when paint drips over a 3-D form. Pouring one color at a time, children see the effect of layering colors.

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American Grasslands: Prairie, Pasture, Crop and Lawn, Karen Kitchel, 1997, oil paint
Lesson Spark

A Walk in Nature

Karen Kitchel's creative process required close looking and attention to detail. Recreate this experience with young children to give them tools for close looking.

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Children and adult standing around looking closely at the blue glass vase ( in the center
Creative Practice

Let's Look!

This routine can be done daily or weekly and takes about 5-10 minutes. It will encourage children to practice conversation, questioning, and close looking.

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¿Being Home?, Rupprecht Matthies, 2009 and 2011, mixed media
Lesson Spark

Words, Words, Everywhere!

Use this artist’s theme of describing home to make your space even more of a print rich environment. Young children will connect with the words when they have a hand in making them.

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Looking at art and feeling emotions
Book Recommendation

Looking at art and feeling emotions

As a little girl travels through the museum, each artwork gives her a different feeling. She feels twinkly, sparkly and can't help but pose like what she sees.

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Book cover of Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Book Recommendation

Ignite Imagination with a Stick

In this story, the pig uses a stick to fight dragons, conduct an orchestra and go fishing. It's amazing what a stick can be when it's not a stick.

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Book cover of Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Book Recommendation

Imagine the possibilities of a box

A cardboard box is one of the best tools for play. This story sparks the imagination of young children for what else a box could be.

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Turn a mistake into something beautiful
Book Recommendation

Turn a mistake into something beautiful

We all make mistakes, but then what? This engaging book will encourage students to turn a drip or torn paper into a work of art.

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Interactive looking adventure
Book Recommendation

Interactive looking adventure

Young children can use this book to look at their environment in a different way. They'll peek through the cutout and see if things are shiny, moving, or far away.

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