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The prints were not the point

November 12, 2010

Yesterday I decided that we should do a quintessential fall art activity, something off of the ever-expanding list in my head of Things Children Should Do While in Preschool.  Do you have a list like that?

Boo was enthusiastic about the idea of apple prints.  We got set up in the backyard.  Paper, a tray with globs of paint, an apple cut in half to reveal the star inside.  A simple craft, but our prints just didn’t turn out.  I’m not really a crafty sort, and am certainly mechanically challenged, so I don’t have the faintest idea why our apples did not produce pretty star prints.

Boo wasn’t a bit fazed.  She was busy mixing the paint, smearing it over the apple halves, using it as fingerpaint and then covering her hands entirely.  Then of course it was necessary to clean out the water table, fill it with fresh soap and water and wash the apples.  Lots of soapy bubbles were required.  I made lame suggestions like “maybe we could make leaf prints instead!” but Boo was on a mission and the printing project had just gotten the ball rolling.

Art is such a lovely jumping-off point for play.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2010 2:26 am

    I think you got it right in that last sentence. I reckon if you just let ’em go (whilst monitoring for things like finger-painting the walls) they’ll show us exactly how to be creative.

    • November 13, 2010 7:21 am

      Yes, “they’ll show us exactly how to be creative,” I love how you phrased that! Thanks for visiting. :)

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