Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who was famous for painting straight lines and rectangles. We looked at the Inspiration photo and talked about the shapes and colors. For this Invitation to Create the kids designed their own Mondrian-style art by using strips of paper. This creative process allowed them to explore their critical thinking and spatial reasoning.
They were encouraged to trace number two and make two fingerprints on the page.
For fine motor practice, we used dot markers. Today they chose stamps for their free time. They stamped for over thirty minutes! Stamping involves holding a stamp and positioning it on paper, which are pre-writing skills. These skills lay the foundation for learning to write. Stamping requires coordination and control of the small muscles in the hands and fingers. As toddlers grip and manipulate stamps, they develop and strengthen their fine motor skills, which are essential for tasks like writing and buttoning clothes.
Each child was given a "hidden picture sheet." Each sheet had a set of cards, they were encouraged to select a card, and hunt for the matching picture or letter. This generated a lot of conversations such as, "look, I found a B." "I found a triangle."
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